Tuesday, July 17, 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.

Courtesy of BMW Group
BMW is proposing a new sales and service dealership in 
Wesley Chapel. It will be the fourth luxury car dealer to open there since 2015.

Wesley Chapel luxury car market to add BMW

WESLEY CHAPEL — The race for luxury car buyers in Wesley Chapel has a new entrant. BMW plans to open a showroom at State Road 56 and Mansfield Boulevard in the Wiregrass Ranch development.Preliminary plans filed with Pasco County by Spring...
Published: 07/17/18
ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
The historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City where Pasco Commissioners met Tuesday to approve an ordinance disbanding its Development Review Committee. The board also named the members to the newly revamped Planning Commission.

Revamped Pasco Planning Commission will need minimal introductions

DADE CITY — Meet the new board. Same as the old board. Almost.The revamped six-member Pasco Planning Commission, which will serve as the elected commissioners’ only advisory board on land-use issues, will include four of the current...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/11/18
The proposed county budget includes $1 milltion for repairs to county parks.   Pictured is the playground at Starkey Wilderness Park that was closed last year. Commissioners are expected to set a status quo property tax rate at their July 10 meeting in Dade City. .

Higher tax roll burnishes Pasco County budget plan

ST. LEO — Pasco County’s property tax rolls grew 9.51 percent over the past year, a higher figure than previously projected. It will bring a windfall to local government and likely ease upcoming budget discussions among county commissioners.The...
Published: 07/02/18
Lennar has purchased more than 2,900 acres of land from the Bexley family's Angeline Corp in central Pasco County. Above, a sold sign sits outside a Lennar-built house at the Bexley by Newland Communities project in Land O' Lakes.

Nation’s largest home builder buys 2,900 acres in central Pasco

LAND O’ LAKES — The nation’s largest home builder now owns a large piece of central Pasco.Lennar acquired more than 2,900 acres from the Bexley family’s Angeline Corp. for $23.65 million earlier this year, according to property records. The...
Published: 06/29/18
Updated: 07/02/18
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, HART, is beginning a new bus route July 1 providing limited express service between Wesley Chapel and Tampa International Airport.  [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

You can catch the bus from Wiregrass to TIA beginning July 1

WESLEY CHAPEL – Steven Feigenbaum doesn’t mince words in describing a mass transit route from Wesley Chapel to downtown Tampa."A failed route,’’ he said.Ridership is "practically nothing,’’ he said, on the route known as 51 LX providing...
Updated one month ago
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Three Republicans seek to replace Corcoran in top Pasco County legislative race

The top partisan race on the Aug. 28 ballot in Pasco County is the battle to succeed outgoing Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, who can not run again because of term limits. The contest features a three-person Republican...
Updated one month ago
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times Benderson Development of Sarasota is proposing to redevelop a vacant Winn-Dixie store in Land O'Lakes into a Sprouts Farmers Market or similar speciality grocery store. Shown above is the Sprouts store at 15110 Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood, which opend in 2017.

Developer proposes Sprouts Farmers Market for Land O’Lakes

LAND O’LAKES — A Sarasota developer is proposing to turn a vacant Winn-Dixie store in central Pasco into a Sprouts Farmers Market or similar specialty grocer.Benderson Development filed preliminary plans Monday with Pasco County to redevelop...
Updated one month ago
RACHEL FRAZIN | Times  The former Boys & Girls Club buildings on Youth Lane, near Ridge and Little roads in west Pasco, are scheduled to become a shelter for families and a homeless service center.

Youth Lane again to attract kids; but they’ll be homeless and accompanied by their parents

NEW PORT RICHEY – Two county-owned buildings on Youth Lane in west Pasco used to house activities for Boys & Girls Club members. Now, they’ll house boys and girls and their parents who have no other place to live.In a series of votes Tuesday...
Updated one month ago
Pasco County has abandoned the idea of connecting a massive sinkhole to nearby Lake Saxon in the Lake Padgett Estates community in Land O' Lakes.  LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

Fixing giant Pasco County sinkhole won’t mean a larger neighborhood lake

NEW PORT RICHEY – Pasco County is pulling the plug on the idea of connecting a giant sinkhole to a nearby lake in Land O’Lakes.Tuesday morning, commissioners, with little comment, agreed to abandon extending Lake Saxon within the Lake Padgett...
Updated one month ago
 The largest of the four bond issues would finance a $128 million, 1,000-bed expansionof the Pasco County Detention Center in Land O' Lakes.

Nobody objects to Pasco’s tax referendum questions

NEW PORT RICHEY – What would happen if Pasco County asked for a property tax increase and nobody objected? As unlikely as that scenario seemed just a few years ago, public hearings Tuesday afternoon drew only four speakers, none of whom voiced...
Updated one month ago