C.T. Bowen, Pasco County Reporter

C.T. Bowen

Pasco County Reporter

I landed in Pasco County more than 30 years ago from upstate New York and never left. I joined the Times in 1998 after 11 years at the Tampa Tribune and, over the past three decades, I've authored, stories, columns and editorials about the people, places and politics of this county. My wife, Mary Beth, and I live in Land O' Lakes and are parents of two grown sons.

West Pasco waterfront and U.S. 41 redevelopment plans fall to Gov. Ron DeSantis' veto.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed $1 million for a redevelopment plan and landscaping of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard (U.S. 41) through central Pasco.
A new route to a Dade City hospital is a go, but redeveloping and beautifying a central Pasco highway hit a stop sign on Friday.That was the fallout from Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoing $131...

Hey, that Pasco County road plan includes a new tax increase. Again.

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Heavy traffic congestion at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in central Pasco. The draft version of the county's long-range transportation plan includes a proposed sales tax increase to finance road construction.
Commissioners are cool to a consultant's suggestion for a higher sales tax to help pay for $7.6 billion worth of roads over the next 25 years.

That Wesley Chapel to New Tampa road link? It's kaput when it comes to cars

A road cuts through Live Oak in Tampa and ends at the Pasco border. Pasco County won’t lift the barricades and pave the rest of the street to connect it because they don’t want more traffic.  This photo is made from the Hillsborough County side on Kinnan Street  looking across a no-man's land towards Pasco County’s Mansfield Boulevard in Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel. (Times  | 2007)
Pasco's transportation board blocks full connection between Mansfield Boulevard and Tampa's Kinnan Street.

Higher boat fee idea still floating around Pasco County

Some Pasco commissioners are advocating for a higher boat registration fee to help with the cost of dredging coastal canals in west Pasco. TIMES (2006)
Some commissioners want to increase the cost of registering a boat to help offset the expense of dredging coastal canals.

Pasco County has a state House election next week. Yes, really.

State House of Representative District 38 candidates Democrat Kelly Smith and Republican Randy Maggard. The special election is June 18.
Republican Randy Maggard and Democrat Kelly Smith square off in a special election to fill the vacant state House District 38 seat based in east Pasco.