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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. Neighbors had objected to the Lago Verde mine in north-central Pasco and then the adjoining Seven Diamonds LLC mine for the past seven years. The Seven Diamonds mine is now adding 60 additional acres to increase in size by one-fifth.
    The Seven Diamonds LLC mine is adding 60 acres, increasing in size by one-fifth.
  2. Pasco County community news
    Neighbors voice concerns about increased traffic, water quality and adhering to the county’s protections for northeast Pasco.
  3. An administrative judge said a Pasco County ordinance allowing solar farms in agricultural districts did not violate the county's comprehensive land-use plan.
    An ordinance did not violate the county’s land-use plan that is supposed to protect rural Northeast Pasco, a judge said.
  4. Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano removed a Sept. 11 Facebook post after strong public criticism of its contents.
    Commissioner Jack Mariano shares a 9/11 social media post that people found offensive. He takes it down. Some want his resignation.
  5. Pasco County plans to reduce bus service to central Pasco. The route began in May 2017.
    The cuts eliminate Saturday service and a route along Collier Parkway.
  6. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is the centerpiece of Project Arthur, an 800-acre corporate park that could include up 24 million square feet of office and industrial space on nearly 7,000 acres of what is now ranch land, but targeted for development in central Pasco.
    The H. Lee Moffitt facility is the centerpiece of an economic development effort in a proposed 800-acre corporate park.
  7. Pasco County says it was a mistake to assess a transportation fee on this Dunkin' Donuts store in Land O' Lakes as if it were a fast-food restaurant. The county categorized it as a convenience store/gas station and refunded nearly $59,000 to the developer.
    The department added safeguards after an audit showed it couldn’t account for more than 31,000 commercial building permits and sometimes failed to collect required transportation fees.
  8. Pasco Planning Commission member Michael Cox is a former elected county commissioner and served on the state Ethics Commission.
    The process should be open to everyone, says Planning Commission member Michael Cox. The recently departed Kevin Ryman was reappointed without public applications. ...
  9. Pasco County plans to include $100,000 in the coming year's budget to study dredging of channels serving Gulf Harbors and Hudson.
    The county will forfeit federal reimbursement to do the $100,000 study more quickly.
  10. A street sign in the Fox Ridge neighborhood in Wesley Chapel where some residents were surprised their annual assessment for roads and drainage was scheduled to increase more than 500 percent.
    A proposed 500 percent increase is shelved until a long-term drainage plan is devised.