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. A 2018 "I VOTED" sticker from Hillsborough County. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  2. Krystal Davis, 48, arranges voter privacy booths as she and others set up an early voting site in Tampa ahead of the 2020 presidential preference primary. Early voting for local races in Hillsborough County begin Monday, Aug. 3. [ALLISON ROSS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Bethel Community Baptist Church member Constance Hills, wearing a protective face mask and rubber gloves raises her hand in praise during a drive-in church service held on Easter Morning on the church's property April 12. Hillsborough Commissioner Kimberly Overman said Thursday that Hillsborough's emergency order requiring face mask indoors should match the Florida surgeon general's July 20 recommendation to also wear masks outdoors if social distancing isn't possible. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  4. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Bus riders get off a HART bus at the University Area Transit Center. Thursday, Hillsborough County commissioners said they would allocate $50,000 for the transit agency in the upcoming county budget, one of three appropriations totaling $135,000 agreed to by commissioners. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times (2019)]
  5. Audrey Ziegler, Hillsborough County director of social services, brief commissioners earlier this month on the county's program to aid households with  rent payments because of coronavirus-related hardships. [Times]
  6. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group met July 27. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  7. Cars are lined up in the parking lot outside of Raymond James Stadium on March 25. Hillsborough is expanding testing availability at three community resource centers. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  8. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design revealed Michael O'Connell's winning design during the unveiling of a rolling art canvas placed on the side of a public transit bus in January 2019. The project's goal, to place local artists' designs in highly accessible and visible public spaces, was one of the motivations for Hillsborough Commissioner Kimberly Overman to seek public art in the lobby of the Frederick B. Karl County Center to showcase the history of transportation. [Times (2019)]
  9. The Hillsborough County Charter Review Board met Tuesday, July 21. [C.T. Bowen]
  10. JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller proposed Tuesday to abolish the Emergency Policy Group entirely. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  11. Vicki Apple, 58, of Lutz, is reflected in her mirror as Michelle Ingram, 52, hands Apple 10 masks at Lake Park on June 24. The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted Monday to extend the county's facial covering rule for another seven days. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  12. The Hillsborough County Charter Review Board is scheduled to meet July 21. [C.T. Bowen]
  13. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group met July 16. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  14. Hillsborough County's 10-year, $812 million transportation plan faces a $423 million deficit, budget officials said Wednesday while presenting the proposed 2021 county budget to commissioners. Pictures is traffic on State Road 60 in Brandon. [Times (2011)]
  15. JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller also chairs the Environmental Policy Group. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  16. Republic Services of Florida garbage trucks arrive at its Tampa headquarters. It is one of three companies that handle trash pick-ups in the county, [ LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  17. Nikki Sweeten, 18, puts on her mask to enter at Brandon Crossroad Bowl, Riverview on June 25 [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  18. Michelle Ingram, 52, distributes face masks to a driver on June 24 in Lutz. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  19. Waste Connections will now offer curbside recycling service to Hillsborough County customers every other week. The company had suspended the weekly service June 24 because of a driver shortage from the cornavirus.
  20. The Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group met July 9. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  21. JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller wants the commission to discuss whether to end or alter the Emergency Policy Group that is guiding public response to the coronavirus pandemic. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  22. Michelle Ingram, 52, distributes face masks to a driver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Lutz. Hillsborough County began to distribute free face masks on Wednesday and will continue at several locations for the coming days. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  23. Hillsborough County is considering a $55 increase to the annual trash collection assessment on households served by Republic Services and two others haulers serving an estimated 303,000 customers. [ LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]