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C.T. Bowen - Pasco County Reporter

Pasco County Reporter

I landed in Pasco County over 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 here. My wife Mary Beth and I live in Land O' Lakes and are parents of two grown sons.

  1. Lithia Motors Inc. has acquired three dealerships from the Williams Automotive Group including Wesley Chapel Toyota near the Interstate 75 and State Road 54 interchange in Wesley Chapel.
    Wesley Chapel Toyota, Wesley Chapel Honda and Tampa Honda dealerships change hands
  2. Republicans Dan Tipton, left, and Gary Bradford are seeking the District 4 Pasco County Commission seat expected to be vacated by Commissioner Mike Wells, who is running for Pasco County property appraiser.
    The two Republicans have filed for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Mike Wells Jr.
  3. The Grande Oaks development will be just south of this sign, which sits on the eastern boundary of the town of St. Leo on State Road 52.
    Town officials say they don’t want to become like Clermont.
  4. Times
Dania Vizzi, now 24,  of Odessa, stands for a portrait on the skeet range at Silver Dollar Shooters Club in Odessa. An Olympic hopeful, she won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan-American games.
    The Vizzis withdraw their application for a skeet shooting range just before a public hearing to decide its fate.
  5. This sign apparently won't get used any time soon after Pasco County commissioners delayed giving federal money to the city of Port Richey for a planned dredging project.
    City officials call it political payback from Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano.
  6. The hospitality industry in Pasco County continues its growth along the State Road 56 corridor in Lutz and Wesley Chapel. Representatives for Brightwork Crossing filed preliminary plans for a four-story, 124-room hotel, and owners of property adjoining the AdventHealth Center have started construction of a Woodspring Suites east of Interstate 75.
    A representative for Brightwork Crossing filed preliminary plans for a new 124-room hotel at State Road 54 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard.
  7. The Pasco Sheriff's Office issued a citation to Scream-A-Geddon , the seasonal haunted house attraction for operating without the requied business tax receipt.
    The Pasco Sheriff’s Office tickets the haunted house attraction for not having a business tax receipt, which brings a $500 daily penalty.
  8. Copies of this sign are now posted near the front entrances at retail stores in the Hutton-developed shopping center in the Cypress Creek Town Center.
    The surcharge at a Cypress Creek Town Center plaza offsets upkeep costs.
  9. St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial filed preliminary plans for its new campus in the Wiregrass Ranch area of Wesley Chapel, Pasco County.
    The company files preliminary plans for five office buildings in Wesley Chapel
  10. Proposed business development along Land O' Lakes Boulevard (U.S. 41)  is flourishing ahead of the state Department of Transportation's plan to widen the highway from two to four lanes from Connerton north to State Road 52.
    The commercial plans range from a medical office park to a local bakery