Saturday, April 21, 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.

Tunneling beneath the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in Lutz and Land O' Lakes carries a price tag estimated at more than a half-billion dollars.  [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Big dig’s big cost: Pasco tunnel idea carries $550 million price tag

NEW PORT RICHEY — Construction costs to tunnel under U.S. 41 in central Pasco could top a half-billion dollars, four times the projected price of building elevated lanes above the highway’s intersection with State Road 54.The cost estimate,...
Published: 04/17/18
Pasco County and the workers represented by Teamsters Local 79 remain far apart on a proposed contract for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2017.
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Pasco County, union remain far apart on contract talks

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County and the union representing 1,130 workers remain far apart in contract negotiations to replace an agreement that expired more than six months ago.There was little progress at an April 10 bargaining session — the...
Published: 04/16/18
Peter Altman was re-elected to the New Port Richey City Council on Tuesday. [ROBERT NAPPER  |  Special to the Times]

Bowen: Wasting time in Pasco city’s election?

The woman approached, sporting a campaign button for New Port Richey City Council candidate Joan Hook."I have a question,’’ she asked at the conclusion of the March 26 candidate forum where I served as moderator. "Who wrote the...
Published: 04/12/18
Construction is slated to begin next month on the Mitchell 54 West project at the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Little Road. When approved in 2015,  the project called for almost 1 million square feet of commercial and mixed uses, and 800 homes, apartments and townhouses on 333 acres.

Mitchell 54 project to begin in west Pasco

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco’s western hub is about to get some new spokes, just not as quickly as envisioned.Construction is scheduled to begin next month on the initial 30-acre phase of Mitchell 54 West, a 330-acre, mixed-use project of up to 800...
Published: 04/09/18
Updated: 04/10/18
Tampa Electric's plan to build a 350-acre solar farm northwest of Dade City in rural Pasco County was approved on Monday night. [Times file (2016)]

Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County on Monday night green-lighted a proposed Tampa Electric solar farm to be built on 350 acres in the rural east side of the county.The decision from the appointed Planning Commission came after more than five hours...
Published: 04/09/18
Pasco South Branch development

Former ranch joins Pasco commerce boom along SR 54

ODESSA — The former South Branch Ranch could become home to a specialty grocer, a fitness club, a trio of restaurants and retail stores, according to preliminary plans filed with Pasco County.Construction crews already started moving 600,000...
Updated one month ago
The Tampa Bay Rays and the non-profit Tampa Bay Rays 2020 are seeking community support for a proposed new stadium in Ybor City. Tuesday, Jason Woody, a member of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 advisory board, made the pitch to a breakfast meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber in Wesley Chapel.   MARC TOPKIN | Times

Rays to Pasco Chamber: We need your help

WESLEY CHAPEL — The pitch from Jason Woody, a member of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 advisory board, was right down the middle.No curves. He didn’t ask for money or sponsorship pledges or even ticket purchases."You can help the cause by...
Updated one month ago
ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times   
People lined up in a parking lot to receive staple food distributed by Make A Difference Inc. and Feeding Tampa Bay on March 22 in Dade City.

Bowen: Help for Pasco’s hungry comes at the end of a line or at the front door

LAND O’ LAKES — The volunteers trickle in while the boom box in the corner provides morning accompaniment to the handshakes and hugs. It’s a classic rock song by Supertramp from the group’s best-selling album recorded 40 years ago.Breakfast...
Updated one month ago
Residents of the Lake Padgett Estates community recently weighed in on how to restore Ocean Pines Drive where a massive sinkhole opened on private property last summer. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

Pasco County okays sinkhole fix for street, seeks to link cavity and nearby lake

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners want to make it easier for motorists to turn around in a Land O’ Lakes neighborhood, and they want to investigate extending Lake Saxon within the Lake Padgett Estates neighborhood. The impetus for both is...
Updated one month ago
The Pasco County Solid Waste Resource Recovery Facility in Shady Hills has a waste processing capacity of 1,050 tons per day.

Pasco utility boss departs after texts show private work done on county time

On March 14, Cloyd "Flip’’ Mellinger, Pasco County’s assistant administrator for infrastructure, strode to the podium and proclaimed to county commissioners "my integrity remains intact.’’It was Mellinger’s public response to Tampa Bay...
Updated one month ago