Monday, January 22, 2018


C.T. Bowen, Pasco Times columnist

C.T. Bowen, Pasco Times columnist

C.T. Bowen has been reporting and writing about the people and politics of Pasco County since moving to Florida in 1987. A native of upstate New York, he lives in Land O' Lakes with his wife, Mary Beth, a public school teacher. They have two sons.

CHRIS URSO   |   Times
 Workers are seen in the Crystal Lagoon at Epperson in Wesley Chapel. In November. The lagoon is now filled with 16 million gallons of water..

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and executives with Metro Development Group and...
Published: 01/18/18

Pasco plans industrial site on utility property

DADE CITY – Commissioner Jack Mariano remembers the message from economist William Fruth.Just seven months after Mariano joined the commission in 2004, Fruth, of Palm City, told the county’s elected and appointed officials that Pasco should...
Published: 01/16/18
Updated: 01/18/18
Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano is one of 23 applicants for a vacancy on the Florida Public Service Commission. TIMES files (2012)

23 seek vacant PSC post

There is another Mariano seeking a job in Tallahassee.Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, the father of state Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, is seeking an appointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, the powerful board regulating...
Published: 01/16/18
Pasco County's Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to find out how much it would cost to build a tunnerl under the traffic congestion at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in central Pasco.

Road planners to study underpass at central Pasco bottleneck

DADE CITY — Pasco County’s transportation board wants to find out if a big dig will work at the congested intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54.County commissioners and elected officials from Pasco’s cities, sitting as the Metropolitan...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Bowen: Dumping brings sloppy start to the new year

We’re slobs.That is a logical conclusion after a recent mile-long walk along the road right of way fronting the western edge of the Cypress Creek Preserve in Land O’ Lakes.I’ve catalogued the trash on this trek in the past, but this was...
Published: 01/11/18
Pasco Commissioner Kathryn Starkey pulled the plug on the idea of renaming Holiday.

Holiday remains Holiday after backlash to name change

DADE CITY — Holiday won’t be going away from Pasco County. Tuesday, Pasco Commissioner Kathryn Starkey announced the county was retreating from the idea of renaming the community in southwest Pasco."That whole idea went in the wrong...
Published: 01/09/18
The Florida Hospital Center Ice relied on a mobile LED billboard, like this sign in Oviedo, to advertise its grand opening last year. Under a proposed county ordinance change, the ice complex, as a regional tourist attraction, could have its own LED sign.
Orlando Sentinel photo (2007)

Pasco considers easing digital sign controls

DADE CITY — Pasco County, which prohibits digital signs for commercial uses, is poised to ease that restriction.Kind of. Sort of. If you own 200 acres or have a 35,000-square-foot building with 2,000 seats or 450 parking spots, you can...
Published: 01/09/18
A construction company filed a building permit application with Pasco County in late December for  At Home, the home decor superstore. The $9.675 million project confirms earlier plans for the Texas chain to open a 108,000-square-foot store in the Cypress Creek Town Center complex. 
[Company website]

More stores, restaurants heading to Pasco retail hub

The new year will begin much like the old one ended at the Cypress Creek Town Center retail hub, with shoppers and diners sharing space with construction crews building more stores and restaurants.In late December, Parkway Construction of...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Mega Millions’ non-winners lament: Too bad it wasn’t me

PORT RICHEY – Seven signs, all carrying the same message, hung in the windows and interior walls of the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Ridge Road and Regency Park Boulevard."$450 million Mega Millions winner sold here.’’Late Monday...
Published: 01/08/18
In August, Pasco commissioners said they wanted SunWest Park Inc CEO Patrick Panakos to continue operating the county-owned SunWest Park, but last month commissioners said it appeared inevitable that the county will have to take control of at least a portion of the Gulf-front park.. 
Times staff (2015)

Pasco again ponders fate of unkempt SunWest park

HUDSON – The pristine white sand has gone missing. Instead, grass blades are poking through the surface. The landscaping is unkempt, and a decorative palm tree is dead. Orange construction fencing provides an unsightly facade. The fixtures in the...
Updated one month ago