Sunday, September 23, 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.

A conceptual drawing of the proposed Shoppes at Cypress Creek at the northwest corner of State Road 54 and Old Cypress Creek Road. Courtesy Pasco County

Apartments, retail centers planned for north side of SR 54 in Land O' Lakes

LAND O’ LAKES — A forest of pine and oak trees and an aging mobile home neighborhood could be replaced by luxury apartments and a pair of retail centers along State Road 54 west of Cypress Creek.In separate proposals, land owners...
Published: 09/19/18
Parents and their children wait to be seen by dentists at the Premier Community HealthCare dental facility in Dade City. Pasco County earmarked $30,000 fro the dental clinic, but did not reallocate $350,000 for indigent medical care to allow the agency to tap an additional $800,000 in federal aid. Pasco, Premier and BayCare Health System were working on an agreement to maintain the funding. TIMES file

Pasco, charities scramble for indigent medical aid

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco County contribution to provide medical care for needy people is not part of next year’s county budget.But that doesn't mean uninsured patients will go without seeing a health care provider.Here's...
Published: 09/18/18
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That Pasco County body farm? It’s going to be a lot more than corpses

LAND O’ LAKES — Justin Ross used to patrol the streets of Pasco County. Rogerick Green used to patrol the defensive secondary for two NFL teams.Now, they’re partners patrolling together, but they’re not looking for bad guys nor slot receivers.
Published: 09/12/18
The West Pasco Government Center, where commissioners will hold the final public hearing on the 2019 fsical year budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Here’s your last chance to comment on the Pasco County budget

NEW PORT RICHEY — Don’t expect anybody to go hoarse at Pasco County’s upcoming budget hearing.
Published: 09/11/18

Pasco road planners push path beneath U.S. 19 bridge for pedestrian safety

PORT RICHEY — More than a decade after the city of Port Richey studied the idea of building a pedestrian path beneath U.S. 19 at the Pithlachascotee River bridge, county transportation leaders are poised to do likewise.Later this month, the...
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Opponents appealed Pasco County's approval of a solar farm in rural Northeast Pasco. c

Pasco rejects neighbors’ appeal of Tampa Electric Co.’s solar farm near Dade City

DADE CITY – Pasco Commissioners Tuesday approved Tampa Electric Co.'s plans for a solar farm in the rural northeast Pasco, saying state law didn't allow them to prohibit solar energy collectors."Our hands are tied," said...
Updated one month ago
The growing hospitality industry in Pasco County is pushing westward including a proposed Woodspring Suites on U.S. 19 in Bayonet Point. There also is a Woodspring Suites proposed for Wesley Chapel. Courtesy Choice Hotels

Two new hotels to join Pasco’s growing hospitality industry

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County’s hotel-construction boom is migrating westward.Much of the recent growth in the hospitality industry has been centered in Wesley Chapel and Lutz, near the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex, but now two new...
Updated one month ago
 The former Trinity Town Center, now called Trinity Tuscan Center, is under construction  after a decade-long delay.

Pasco community buzzes about renewed town center effort in Trinity

TRINITY — Mike Orsi is the involuntary developer of Trinity Tuscan Center.Involuntary, because one of the Orsi family companies, Sunfield Homes, sold the 13.5 acres of land at Little Road and Trinity Boulevard nearly 14 years ago for $5.4...
Updated one month ago
Democrat Tammy Garcia and Republican Ardian Zika will face off for the state House of Representatives District 37 seat after Zika's overwhelming victory Tuesday

Florida House 37: Zika ‘completely blown away’ by size of victory

Ardian Zika's standard campaign pitch mentions President Ronald Reagan and his 1987 "Mr. Gorbochev, tear down this wall" speech in Berlin.Zika, 38,  who emigrated from Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, 21 years ago, says Regan turned...
Updated one month ago
Robert Tulba, 31, of Land O' Lakes is a volunteer for the Andrew Gillum gubernatorial campaign. He was stationed outside the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center Tuesday to greet voters in precinct 35.

Land O’ Lakes voter bids farewell to Florida elections

Melinda Rivera cast her ballot Tuesday morning at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center then posed for a selfie with a poll worker. A few minutes later, she shot another digital photograph with a journalist."It's my last vote as a single...
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