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Employment History



St. Augustine


City Commission


Board Member
St. Augustine

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Dog Town USA - Dog Boarding, Cat Boarding, Dog Daycare, Pet Grooming, and Vet Services in FloridaDog Town USA Resorts [cached]

DogTown, USA officially opened March of 2011 by founder and owner Frank Charles, former Mayor of St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

On numerous occasions Mayor Charles, a licensed pilot, had trouble finding a pet resort fitting of the excellent treatment he thought adequate for his two Labrador Retrievers, Cirrus and Gator. Instead of settling for inferior treatment of his best friends, Mayor Charles decided to create an environment where Cirrus and Gator could relax in luxury while he was away.
Mayor Charles, drawing on his 15 years of operational expertise co-founding another nationwide chain of pet resorts, decided it was time to bring his love of pets to Northern Florida in the form of DogTown, USA. All DogTown, USA locations are large indoor, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled, locally-themed pet resorts dedicated to providing a safe, clean, and fun environment for your pet.
Frank believes the owner/operator approach is always the best option when choosing a pet resort which is why each DogTown, USA location is owned and operated by local, entrepreneurial, pet enthusiasts.

"I received injuries," said Francis ... [cached]

"I received injuries," said Francis Arthur Charles, 48, who had been mayor of St. Augustine Beach for several terms but did not run again in 2010. He was taken to a hospital and released.

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Mayor Frank Charles

City of St. Augustine Beach [cached]

Commissioner Frank Charles

Frank Charles - Commissioner Term: 2010
44 Willow Drive St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 904-814-2291 E-mail:

The doors to DogTown, USA were ... [cached]

The doors to DogTown, USA were officially opened this year by founder and owner Frank Charles, former Mayor of St. Augustine Beach, Florida. However, the inspiration behind it actually stemmed from a real-life need years earlier.

When Mayor Charles was looking for a place to board his two Labrador Retrievers -- Cirrus and Gator -- he was unable to find a place that provided the right environment for his dogs. It was then that he decided to open his very own pet resort. In 2001, Frank co-founded Pet Paradise Resorts with local veterinarian Dr. Norma Haupt.
Pet Paradise grew to be such a huge success that Frank began work on a second location at Jacksonville International Airport.
Prior to a deal with the Airport, Frank and Dr. Haupt decided to sell their controlling interest in Pet Paradise Resort to Mr. Fred Goldsmith.
Frank believed Mr. Goldsmith brought with him the required capital necessary to grow Pet Paradise Resorts across the country.
Over the next 10 years, Frank remained with Pet Paradise Resorts to share his ideas on building the best pet resorts possible. He was also involved in opening 12 more Pet Paradise Resort locations across the southeastern U.S.
In 2005, Frank established 4th Estimate, Inc., a company that manufactured a variety of products related to the pet boarding industry. These products were sold exclusively to Pet Paradise Resorts. Today, 4th Estimate continues to create new products that will soon be available to pet boarding facilities globally.
Frank Charles' passion for animals and the pet boarding business have now led him back full circle. DogTown, USA is a 16,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, all indoor themed pet resort dedicated to providing a safe, clean and fun environment. When choosing a pet resort, Frank believes that the owner/operator approach is always your best option. For this reason, DogTown, USA is being prepared for immediate franchise availability.

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