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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. Guests line up to board the Cross Bay Ferry docked at the Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Tampa. The season service returns Oct. 21, 2021.
  2. Tampa City Council on Thursday agreed to a five-year $25 million commitment toward the expansion and renovation of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
  3. RN Corey Price prepares a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for administration on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s vaccination site in Tampa. Hillsborough County government offered $500 and two extra vacation days to its employees who submit proof of vaccination. The incentive program ends Friday.
  4. The former Kforce headquarters on East Palm Avenue in Tampa is the focus of a possible new stadium pitch from the Tampa Bay Rays, county officials have said. The Rays already approached Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson about possible state help with infrastructure costs with a new stadium in Ybor City.
  5. A Kforce building seen in the distance on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at a possible site for a Tampa stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  6. Hillsborough County commissioners said Wednesday they will not debar Waste Connections from doing future business with Hillsborough. An earlier report to y commissioners said Waste Connections failed to complete 393 routes and missed collections at more than 458,000 homes between June 1 and July 23.  Pictured is a Waste Connections truck in Land O' Lakes, Pasco County.
  7. From Nuccio Parkway, the city of Tampa skyline is in the distance and the Kforce building is on the right Monday at a possible site for a Tampa stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  8. Hillsborough County will close lanes on Interstate 75 between exits 240 and 246 beginning Monday, Oct. 4.
  9. Sin más dólares, el resultado final retrasará los proyectos de construcción más allá de 2032.
  10. Hillsborough County is seeking to do more business with companies that are owned by women and minorities or are categorized as small companies.
  11. La escuela secundaria Sumner en Riverview, que se muestra durante la construcción cinco meses antes de la apertura, tiene 700 estudiantes por encima de su capacidad tan solo 13 meses después de abrir sus puertas.
  12. Sumner High School in Riverview, shown during construction five months before opening, is 700 students over capacity 13 months after opening its doors.
  13. Hillsborough Commissioner Gwen Myers said the only time "people who don't look like me" are concerned about the black community is during elections and redistricting. She is shown during a June 16 commission meeting on HGTV.
  14. The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is holding an October festival aimed at young adult readers. The virtual festival will give readers an opportunity to interact with critically acclaimed authors of young adult fiction. Five weekly sessions will feature a dozen authors from a variety of genres. The program begins Friday, Oct. 1.
  15. The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts was one of the beneficiaries of additional spending included in Hillsborough County's fiscal year 2022 budget. The center will receive a second appropriation, bringing its total to $2.5 million, for its master plan. In all, commissioners added $9.8 million worth of discretionary spending to the budget Thursday evening, bringing the number of so-called flag items to 69 submissions totaling almost $30 million.
  16. Work continues on a portion of the Citrus Park Drive extension Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County faces a nearly billion-dollar shortfall over the next decade to build roads, improve intersections and add sidewalks and trails.
  17. The Cross Bay Ferry would operate year round beginning in 2024 under the terms of a new contract approved Wednesday by Hillsborough County commissioners. Separately, private companies HMS Ferries and South Swell Development Group will start development work on a planned ferry to link southern Hillsborough to MacDill Air Force Base.
  18. The intersection of  U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in central Pasco is the subject of a planned rebuild that could cost more than $200 million and include three separate sections of elevated highway.
  19. Hillsborough County Center,  in downtown Tampa.
  20. The chambers of commerce from Tampa Bay, South Tampa and Riverview jointly endorsed a ferry service proposed to run between southern Hillsborough  County and MacDill Air Force Base in south Tampa.  (Times | 2019)
  21. Improving the frequency of local bus service would help a typical resident in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas gain access to 26,000  additional jobs, according to a study from the Tampa Bay Partnership.
  22. This image of a Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun. Local government officials are scheduled to gather Friday in a virtual forum to address gun violence. (Times | 2020)
  23. Andrew Ranger muestra que acaba de recibrie la vacuna de en un evento en el Amalie Arena .