C.T. Bowen, Pasco County Reporter

C.T. Bowen

Pasco County Reporter

I landed in Pasco County more than 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 of this county. My wife, Mary Beth, and I live in Land O' Lakes and are parents of two grown sons.

Pasco to turn those parking lot donation bins into criminal case evidence

Pasco Commissioner Mike Moore is advocating for a crackdown on clothing drop-off bins that have turned into illegal dump sites. Shown here are a pair of bins in Wesley Chapel. County workers cleaned up the site and confiscated the containers as evidence in a planned criminal complaint. Photo courtesy of Mike Moore.
Pasco County again plans a crackdown on donation bins that foster illegal dumping

Remember that sales tax goof? Pasco wants to avoid repeat when it comes to hotels

The Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel hotel opened in August in the Cypress Creek Town Center, Lutz, near Interstate 75 and State Road 56. In March, Hillsborough Tax Collector Doug Belden refunded nearly $58,000 after discovering the hotel was sending its tourist tax collections to his office instead of the state Department of Revenue. To avoid a repeat, Pasco’s Tourist Development Council now wants Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano to take over collection duties from the state.  C.T. BOWEN | Times
The county will look to Tax Collector Mike Fasano to take responsibility for its tourist tax.

Par for the course? Yet another golf club to close as owner shutters the Links in Hudson

The Links Golf Club in Hudson drew young and old alike, including the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournaments. Its owners said they will close the club June 10. Times (2005)
The course, which opened in a late-1980s building boom, provides no return on investment nor dollars for capital improvements, its owner says.

Clustered growth or the next Clermont? Proposed hillside development draws objections from tiny St. Leo

Times graphic  Source: Pasco County
Iafrate Properties seeks zoning to build 600 homes, plus stores and offices, on 175 acres.

Pasco fire union seeks bankruptcy court protection; biggest creditors are two firefighters who sued and won.

Pasco County Professional Firefighters Local 4420, which bargains on behalf of approximately 560 firefighters, has filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Its biggest creditors are listed as two firefighters who successfully sued for workplace retaliation.  Times (2012)
A federal appeals court agreed that the union retaliated against two firefighters who earlier had filed discrimination complaints.