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. A neighbor has given up her legal challenge to a planned solar farm on Blanton Road near Dade City.
    The end of the lawsuit finishes one of last legal challenges facing Tampa Electric’s proposal .
  2. Home builder Taylor Morrison and Forestar USA Real Estate Group, a subsidiary of D.R. Horton, have acquired nearly 700 acres of the planned River Landing development between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.
    The companies buy much of the planned River Landing development
  3. Pasco County seal in commission chamber.
    Don Rosenthal’s responsibilities included the building department, which had high-profile gaffes.
  4. Ridge Road in Pasco County currently ends at Moon Lake Road.
    At a ground-breaking ceremony, officials laud a road more than 30 years in the making.
  5. The agrihood area in Arden, a development in Palm Beach County that includes a 5-acre farm and event barn. Lennar, one of the builders in Arden, is proposing an agrihood in its Angeline development in Land O' Lakes.
    Preliminary plans include barns, pavilion, organic farm, community garden and restaurant.
  6. Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley is asking the County Commission to adopt new rules to govern campaigning in Pasco elections.
    Elections Supervisor Brian Corley seeks additions to an existing ethics ordinance.
  7. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pasco County are partnering to build two street hockey rinks at county parks in Holiday and Wesley Chapel. Here, Jason Garrison plays street hockey with youth from the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club in the plaza area of the Amalie Arena.
    The team’s Build the Thunder 2.0 effort calls for locating 10 street hockey rinks in the region.
  8. Bill Bunting says the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden in 2004.  Mr. Bunting passed away Dec. 24 after a short illness.
    The state committeeman helped build the GOP into the dominant party in Pasco County.
  9. Port Richey's then-acting mayor Terrence Rowe, 64, was arrested March 13, 2019, by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents on charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to 24 months probation in December after pleading guilty to two of the three charges. Prosecutors dropped the obstruction of justice charge.  [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
    The plea deal calls for 24 months probation, 50 hours of community service and a mandatory mental health evaluation.
  10. A voter places a sticker on her shirt outside the precinct t the Finnish American Club on Deleware Avenue, New Port Richey. Times staff (2012)
    So far, Pasco County Commission candidate Brandi Geoit is the only Democrat running for countywide office.