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C.T. Bowen - Hillsborough County Reporter

Hillsborough County Reporter

I'm fairly new to the Hillsborough County government beat, but not so new that I'm considered green. Gray is more like it. I've been in Florida for more than three decades and have spent that entire time writing and editing news stories, columns and editorials about the Tampa Bay region. After working at the Tampa Tribune, I joined the Times in 1998 as a member of the editorial board based in Pasco County and later switched to news reporting and column writing. I'm originally from upstate New York (Go Bills!) and worked at newspapers in Jamestown, N.Y. and Syracuse before relocating to Florida. I like reading, listening to music and watching sports. My wife, Mary Beth, is a public school teacher, and we are a house divided. We have two grown sons - one Gator and one Seminole.

  1. Dead fish are pictured in a clean-up bucket along Bayshore Drive NE as hundreds of people marched Saturday in St. Petersburg asking for a Red Tide clean up. Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith is proposing Hillsborough follow the lead of Pinellas County and ban the summertime use of fertilizers to reduce nitrogen levels in area waterways.
  2. A rendering from WSP Engineering shows what a potential neighborhood station could look like for a 41-mile bus rapid transit line connecting Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The authority's governing board has not picked a preferred alternative for how the service would operate and its study is now six months behind schedule.
  3. Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise shown during the July 14 commission meeting on HGTV.
  4. Household items and debris dangle from Champlain Towers South Condo after the multistory building collapsed June 24, in Surfside.  (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
  5. The state redesigned the Tampa Bay Lightning specialty license plate in 2019.
  6. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  7. In May, the number of complaints from southern Hillsborough residents about low water pressure nearly tripled from the same time a year previously. Commissioners are considering ways to reduce water consumption until long-term upgrades to the county utility system are completed.  [TIMES}
  8. Bonnie Wise, Hillsborough County deputy administrator and chief financial administrator.
  9. Hillsborough County is seeking public input on what amenities should be includes in an expanded Branchton Park, above, on Morris Bridge Road.
  10. Hillsborough is updating the land-use plans for the rural areas around Balm and Wimauma in southern Hillsborough County. Last week, Hillsborough Commission Chairwoman Pat Kemp said the county should eliminate its policy requiring developers to install central water and sewer which allows greater housing densities outside the county's urban core.
  11. Los pasajeros en una parada de autobús de la Autoridad de Tránsito Regional del Área de Hillsborough. El martes, los abogados argumentaron ante un juez del Tribunal de Circuito de Hillsborough sobre cómo se debe reembolsar un impuesto sobre las ventas anulado para el transporte.
  12. Riders gather at a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus stop at the University Area Transit Center in 2020. Tuesday, attorneys argued before a Hillsborough Circuit Court judge on how a voided sales tax for transportation should be refunded.  [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  13. Hillsborough County is preserving 84 acres near the Little Manatee River through its Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition Preservation Program.
  14. Hillsborough Count Commission Chairwoman Pat Kemp said she will seek reimbursement of her legal bill over a complaint made to the Florida Bar.
  15. Mailers promoted the 1 percent sales tax for transportation in Hillsborough County in advance of the November 2018 referendum. A judge is now being asked for guidance on how the proceeds should be refunded after the Florida  Supreme  Court  voided the tax. (Times, 2018)
  16. Hillsborough Commissioner Gwen Myers is advocating for a Hillsborough County African-American Art Museum & Cultural Center. She is shown during the June 16 commission meeting on HGTV.
  17. The Pebble Creek Golf Club and surrounding residences in New Tampa. Times photo (1999)
  18. New home construction in the Southfork Lakes subdivision in Riverview is shown in March 2020.  On Wednesday, Hillsborough County commissioners are scheduled to vote on reversing planned impact fee increases on new construction because of new state legislation.
  19. The Cross Bay Ferry, Provincetown III leaves the Vinoy Yacht Basin in January 2019. Under a contract proposal, the seasonal ferry would expand to provide year-round service over the next four years.
  20.  Intersection where State Road 56 ends eastward at U.S. 301, pictured on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Zephyrhills.
  21. Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller Jr., and his wife, Gwen, shown on HGTV Thursday as Miller received the 25th Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award.
  22. Republic Services is one of three companies selected Thursday to provide trash pick-up service to Hillsborough residents. The new franchise agreements begin next year.
  23. En el condado de Hillsborough el gobernador hizo recortes a un paquete de asignaciones relativamente pequeñas destinadas a mejorar la seguridad pública, de acuerdo con funcionarios locales.