Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services in Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. I've covered Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and developed an interest in all things municipal, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

Is a budget fight brewing in Tampa?

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, pictured with city water director Chuck Weber, is backing a plan to raise water and sewer rates for the next several years to repair aging pipes and outdated plants. {Charlie Frago | Times]
Toilet-to-tap, city swimming pools and minority inclusion will all be on the table this fall as Tampa hammers out its more than $1 billion budget.

Who was buried beneath Water Street Tampa? Developer still won’t say.

Construction continues on the Water Street Tampa redevelopment project in downtown Tampa in January 2019. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Tampa City Council was told the remains were identified and properly exhumed. But their identities and ethnicity will not be made public, said Strategic Property Partners.

Jane Castor might be headed for a political mess on turning sewage into drinking water

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor might have a political fight on her hands over a plan to turn wastewater into drinking water. Castor, shown here on a recent tour of the city’s water plant, has said she wants to pursue the $350 million project. [Charlie Frago | Times]
Tampa's mayor pulled back a $610,000 request Thursday to avoid a likely defeat at City Council.

Jane Castor may have a fight on her hands over Tampa’s ‘toilet-to-tap’ project

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has made some popular moves early on. But her decision to sidestep a fight over the city's 'toilet-to-tap' program may have avoided a fight for now.  [OCTAVIO JONES | Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa’s mayor pulled a funding request related to the wastewater reuse project Thursday before council could vote it down.

Hillsborough officials keep door open for the Rays. But is Tampa still in the game?

Other local leaders have spoken their minds over a move by the Tampa Bay Rays to split their season between here and Montreal, but not Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor says she’s ready to chat when the team is. But her fellow elected officials in Hillsborough County think it’s time to reach out to the Rays despite the...