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.

Tampa’s climate change plans hinge on hire

Jane Castor Tampa Bay Times
Mayor Jane Castor has launched a search for a resiliency officer to coordinate the city’s efforts to combat climate change.

Tampa says it’s taking over waste-to-energy plant to save money

The city of Tampa has given notice that it plans to take over the McKay Bay waste-to-energy plant shown in this 2001 photo. Tampa Bay Times
The city has given its contractor eight months notice that it plans to take control of the facility that turns trash into energy.

Are Community Redevelopment Areas hurting Tampa?

Tampa City Council members don't agree on much when it comes to the city's eight Community Redevelopment Areas. Charlie Frago  |  Charlie Frago
Some City Council members say the popular redevelopment tools are unfair to other neighborhoods.

Untreated sewage spills into Tampa’s Seddon Channel from two mishaps

Marjorie Park Yacht Basin located at 115 Columbia Drive in Tampa. Times staff
First, it was an overflow from a line on Harbour Island. Then, Verizon workers drilled into a line on Davis Islands.

Tampa residents: Flood insurance just got cheaper

Traffic moves through some street flooding near Edison Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard as severe storms reach the area in April. Monica Herndon  |  Tampa Bay Times
The city’s stormwater upgrades are paying off. Residents will receive an additional 5 percent discount on their flood insurance policies.