Wednesday, November 14, 2018


C.T. Bowen, Pasco Times columnist

C.T. Bowen, Pasco Times columnist

C.T. Bowen has been reporting and writing about the people and politics of Pasco County since moving to Florida in 1987. A native of upstate New York, he lives in Land O' Lakes with his wife, Mary Beth, a public school teacher. They have two sons.

Voters approved four bond referendums in Pasco County

Bowen: Some voters look at the numbers and wonder — how about a tax cut?

Support for a property tax break outweighed backing for a tax increase to expand the county jail. Guess which one passed?
Published: 11/13/18
Lucky's Market is proposed to fill the space vacated by Winn-Dixie in Land O' Lakes. JUSTINE GRIFFIN | Times

Feeling Lucky? Specialty grocer Lucky's Market proposed for central Pasco

Lucky's Market would fill the space vacated by Winn-Dixie at State Road 54 and Collier Parkway in Land O' Lakes.
Published: 11/12/18
Map of the planned Ridge Road Extension

Pasco traffic delay has lasted 20 years

Pasco County believes it will have a federal permit in hand next September to build the long-delayed Ridge Road Extension. Skeptics say they've heard it before.
Published: 11/08/18
Hank Baum, 64, of Trinity, cheers for the start of construction of the Starkey Gap trail during a ground-breaking ceremony Oct. 30 in Longleaf.

A gap no longer? Work begins to link disconnected bike trails

The Starkey Gap trail, linking the Pinellas Trail to the Starkey Trail, is scheduled to be completed in summer 2019. The state Department of Transportation is paying the $2.6 million cost
Published: 11/07/18
Pasco Commissioner Mike Moore

Pasco Commission 2: Voters send incumbent Mike Moore to easy victory over Kelly Smith

With all 110 precincts reporting Commissioner Mike Moore defeated Kelly Smith 59.55 percent to 40.45 percent.The results mirror the outcome of the District 4 race.
Published: 11/06/18
Pasco Commissioner Mike Wells Jr.

Pasco Commission 4: Incumbent Mike Wells wins big over Brandi Geoit

The latest:With all 110 precincts counted, Commissioner Mike Wells won 63.4 percent of the vote over challenger Brandi Geoit.The results mirrored the outcome of the District 2 commission race.For more...
Published: 11/06/18
Rep. Danny Burgess won nearly 67 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Florida House 38: Danny Burgess wins by nearly 2-to-1 margin

The latest:With all 41  precincts reporting, Rep. Danny Burgess defeated David TK Hayes by 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent.The margin of victory was nearly 2-to-1.More results: 
Published: 11/06/18
Republican Ardian Zika won 60.5 percent of the vote in the race for Florida House District 37. [Ardian Zika campaign]

Florida House 37: Republican Ardian Zika defeats Democrat Tammy Garcia

The latest:With all 36 precincts reporting, Republican Ardian Zika won 60.5 percent of the vote.The race is for the seat held by retiring House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Published: 11/06/18
Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, won a second term Tuesday to the Florida Legislature.

Florida House 36: Incumbent Amber Mariano wins second term over Linda Jack

The latest:With all 33 precincts reporting, Rep. Amber Mariano defeated Linda Jack 58.8 percent to 41.2 percent.The Hudson Republican now begins her second term in the Legislature at age 23.More...
Published: 11/06/18
Pasco voters are considering  four separate bond issues  for an expanded jail, new fire stations, park maintenance and refurbished libraries in the Nov. 6 election.

Pasco Referendums: Voters approve four ballot measures for $241 million in capital projects returns

The latest:With all 110 precincts reporting voters gave overwhelming support to referendums for new fire stations, rebuilt libraries and park improvements.The planned jail expansion referendum was favored by 50.41 percent...
Published: 11/06/18