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. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch both voiced cautious optimism Thursday after Major-League Baseball announced it had denied the Tampa Bay Rays' proposal for a split season with Montreal.
  2. Traffic moves west on Bloomingdale Avenue near Goronto Lakes. The state Department of Transportation said a $21.3 million construction project will result in temporary traffic detours, congestion and delays in Riverview over a 14-day period.
  3. Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith shown on HGTV during a May 2021 public hearing. On Wednesday, she suggested closing the charter loophole that allows commissioners to circumvent term limits.
  4. Hillsborough commissioners agreed Thursday that the man-made lagoon within Metro Development Group's  Southshore Bay development in Wimauma can be open to general public beyond neighborhood residents. The lagoon is shown here in an image shared with commissioners on HGTV.
  5. Animal advocates on Wednesday again asked Hillsborough County commissioners to adopt a ban on the retail sale of rabbits.
  6. Hillsborough County plans to continue a growth moratorium for the rural area around Balm because of a legal challenge to recently adopted land rules there. Commissioners, however, dropped a planned moratorium extension for Wimauma in southern Hillsborough.
  7. A planned widening of Interstate 275 north of Interstate 4 includes sound barrier walls all along the way, except at Robles Park. Some Hillsborough County officials have a problem with that.
  8. A proposed sales tax referendum for transportation will be the subject of four open houses beginning next month. Hillsborough County has said it faces a nearly billion-dollar shortfall over the next decade to build roads, improve intersections and add sidewalks and trails. Pictured is road work being done on the Citrus Park Drive extension on Sept. 23.
  9. Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez is now head coach of the Tampa Bay Thunder amateur adult football team.
  10. Tampa Electric utilizará ovejas para mantener la propiedad en la nueva granja solar en el sureste del condado de Pasco, como lo hace en otros sitios.
  11. Tampa Electric Co. uses sheep to maintain the property at its existing solar farm in the Big Bend area of southern Hillsborough. The utility is seeking a land use change as a precursor for developing nearly 105 acres at the intersection of Big Bend Road and U.S. 41 into another solar farm.
  12. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Bus riders get off a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus at the University Area Transit Center in June 2019. The county wants to hear residents' input on equity and diversity issues affecting transportation, economic opportunity, land use/zoning, food security, criminal justice and other topics. Community listening sessions are scheduled for Jan. 11.
  13. The SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo is waiving adoption fees on pet rabbits through the end of the year. Some area residents want Hillsborough and other counties to prohibit retail sales of pet rabbits.
  14. 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.
  15. Businesses and homes are pictured on State Road 674 in Wimauma. Hillsborough County commissioners are poised to extend a growth moratorium around Wimauma and Balm until legal challenges to the updated land plans for those areas are resolved.
  16. The Tampa Bay Rays could be looking to move their spring training/player development complex to Pasco County. Here, the Rays are shown at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte  before a Feb. 28 spring training game. Under the team's sister city concept, spring training games would be played at a potential new stadium in Ybor City.
  17. Portions of Interstate 75 near Apollo Beach will close twice this month during overnight hours as part of an ongoing construction project. [TIMES 2011]
  18. Tampa General and 12 other hospitals are part of the network in the Hillsborough County health care plan providing a safety net for needy residents without medical insurance. The hospital also receives $3.5 million from the county plan to support its trauma center. {Times 2014]
  19. A Kforce building sits on land that is identified as a proposed site for an Ybor City stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  20. The citizen's group All for Transportation is hopeful a Hillsborough circuit court judge will allow proceeds from the voided one percent sales tax to be used for transportation.
  21. Dec. 3, 2021• Hillsborough
    Hillsborough County government is headquartered at the Frederick B. Karl County Center in downtown Tampa. The county is seeking applicants for its Diversity Advisory Council.
  22. The city skyline, left, and a Kforce building, right, seen in the distance in October, at a possible site for a Tampa stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. If a request for state money is approved, two projects could link Tampa Heights and the Channel District to the stadium site, making it easier to travel there by bike, scooter or walking.
  23. Pedestrians cross Fowler Avenue at 22nd Street in Tampa.  The state will start design and engineering work next year on a planned rebuild of East Fowler Avenue that will look at pedestrian and bicycle safety, intersection improvements and other changes. Where to put dedicated lanes for bus rapid transit remains in question.