Tuesday, October 16, 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.

The largest of the four voter referendums on the Nov. 6 ballot in Pasco County is a proposal to borrow $132.15 million for a 1,000-bed expansioin of the detention center in Land O' Lakes. Shown here is Sheriff Chris Nocco in a detention center unit. TIMES.

What will $241 million get you? Lots of stuff, including a couple of fire stations you may have thought you already paid for

Pasco County voters face four local referendums on the November ballot.
Published: 10/10/18
Pasco County's mobility fees, which are waived for new hotel construction, amount to a $5,300-per-room incentive to hotel developers. Woodspring Suites hotels are proposed for U.S. 19 in Hudson and near the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex east of the Inerstate 75 and State Road 56 interchange.

Is Pasco too hospitable to its growing hospitality industry?

DADE CITY — Commissioner Kathryn Starkey wonders if Pasco County is being too hospitable to the hospitality industry.Specifically, she wants to end the lucrative perk of waiving road construction costs for the new hotels coming to the...
Published: 10/02/18
Updated: 10/03/18
VA picks Little Road site for new Pasco veterans clinic

VA picks Little Road site for new Pasco veterans clinic

NEW PORT RICHEY  — The Department of Veterans Affairs has settled on property along Little Road for its new veterans outpatient clinic in western Pasco County.The office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, announced the...
Updated one month ago
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

You thought you knew these candidates? In House District 38, it's Tent Killer challenging Little Danny

Most everybody knew John David Hayes simply as “David’’ until 1982. The then-21-year-old skydiving enthusiast, however, made a bad landing on his 11th jump in Alberta, Canada, and soon everyone started calling him something...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Electric paid $6.8 million for property in Blanton for its planned solar panel farm. TIMES photo.

Solar farm land price is $6.8 million, including $4.4 million to state Sen. Wilton Simpson

Tampa Electric Co. has said its Mountain View Solar project near Dade City represented a $75 million investment in alternative energy. The investing began in earnest last week when the utility paid more than $6.8 million for 382 acres in the rural...
Updated one month ago
Democrat Tammy Garcia  left, and Republican Ardian Zika are the candidates for the state House of Representatives, District 37.

A Democrat and Republican agree? State House candidates want affordable tuition and wouldn't raise taxes to do it

Tammy Garcia’s foray into politics started in the restroom.Specifically, the Democratic candidate for state House of Representatives District 37 seat said her motivation began with North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill.
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 10/02/18
A conceptual drawing of the proposed Shoppes at Cypress Creek at the northwest corner of State Road 54 and Old Cypress Creek Road. Courtesy Pasco County

Apartments, retail centers planned for north side of SR 54 in Land O' Lakes

LAND O’ LAKES — A forest of pine and oak trees and an aging mobile home neighborhood could be replaced by luxury apartments and a pair of retail centers along State Road 54 west of Cypress Creek.In separate proposals, land owners...
Updated one month ago
Parents and their children wait to be seen by dentists at the Premier Community HealthCare dental facility in Dade City. Pasco County earmarked $30,000 fro the dental clinic, but did not reallocate $350,000 for indigent medical care to allow the agency to tap an additional $800,000 in federal aid. Pasco, Premier and BayCare Health System were working on an agreement to maintain the funding. TIMES file

Pasco, charities scramble for indigent medical aid

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco County contribution to provide medical care for needy people is not part of next year’s county budget.But that doesn't mean uninsured patients will go without seeing a health care provider.Here's...
Updated one month ago
This is the logo for Florida's Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics

That Pasco County body farm? It’s going to be a lot more than corpses

LAND O’ LAKES — Justin Ross used to patrol the streets of Pasco County. Rogerick Green used to patrol the defensive secondary for two NFL teams.Now, they’re partners patrolling together, but they’re not looking for bad guys nor slot receivers.
Updated one month ago
The West Pasco Government Center, where commissioners will hold the final public hearing on the 2019 fsical year budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Here’s your last chance to comment on the Pasco County budget

NEW PORT RICHEY — Don’t expect anybody to go hoarse at Pasco County’s upcoming budget hearing.
Updated one month ago