Sunday, November 19, 2017


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.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2013)
Pasco County approval of the Lago Verde mine remains mired in litigation, but on Nov. 28, commissioners will be asked to approve a second nearby mine off U.S. 41 in north-central Pasco.

Pasco mines for answers on controversial limerock plan

Pasco commissioners are about to be asked their definition of rural-agricultural lifestyle.Is it a cluster of homes on a multi-acre lots owned and occupied by gentlemen farmers and horse enthusiasts where the former serenity might be...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Flanked by bales of insulation and testing equipment, Sara Melucci, 38, co-owner of Gulf Coast Heating & Cooling, left, takes an impromptu business meeting with advertising representatives Brittany Thompson, foreground, and Wendy Longley, right, at the company's office on Monday (11/13/17) at the West Pasco Entrepreneur Center in New Port Richey. The Pasco Economic Development Council's new west side business incubator resides within the former Bank of America building on U.S. 19 just outside New Port Richey.

New incubator seeks to aid west Pasco businesses

NEW PORT RICHEY — Sara Melucci is a bit of a nomad.In the less than two years she and her husband have owned Gulf Coast Heating & Cooling, she has worked from a former city-owned business incubator in New Port Richey, her home in Spring Hill,...
Published: 11/15/17
The Crystal Lagoon is seen in this drone photo taken with a wide angle lens Tuesday at the Epperson Community being developed in Wesley Chapel.
[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Nation’s first Crystal Lagoon to open in spring 2018 in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL – Spring break could mean a new state-of-the-art water amenity for swimmers, paddle boarders and sunbathers in central Pasco County.The nation’s first Crystal Lagoon is scheduled to open in early spring 2018 in the Epperson...
Published: 11/14/17
Pasco County commissioners approved an agreement with Clear Channel on Tuesday, allowing the company to install digital billboards in exchange for taking down traditional static billboards. This is a Clear Channel billboard on Ulmerton Road in Pinellas.  JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Digital signs to replace traditional billboards in Pasco

DADE CITY — Pasco’s 18-year ban on new billboards officially is over, with Clear Channel Outdoors planning to install four digital advertising boards across the county.In an agreement approved unanimously Tuesday by county commissioners, the...
Published: 11/09/17
Pasco Circuit Court Judge Lynn Tepper is a member of the Dade City Charter Review and Revision Committee that is recommending new ethics and campaing finance standards for Dade City.

Bowen: Pasco anti-corruption movement kicks off in Dade City

An anti-corruption movement is starting in Dade City, but its proponents don’t envision an ending until governments for all six cities and Pasco County are on board.
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Mettler Toledo Safeline general manager Viggo Nielsen, shown here shaking hands with county Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, said the company is now hiring and plans to open its new plant in Pasco County in February. Times Staff (2016)

Pasco economic message: Curtailing incentives is shortsighted

WESLEY CHAPEL — It is a sign Viggo Nielsen has been anxious to see for more than a year. First came the fresh coat of paint on the building’s exterior, then the blue lettering on the white banner facing motorists on the Suncoast Parkway: "Now...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Residents of the Lake Padgett Estates community weighed in on how to remediate the massive sinkhole that opened over the summer in their neighborhood..

Pasco sinkhole debate: How much? Who pays?

LAND O’LAKES — They came armed with questions, but left without answers to the biggest unknowns.How much will this cost?And who’s going to pay?More than 145 people filled a Land O’Lakes Community Center meeting room Saturday...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
 The state Department of Transportaiton's new tentative five-year work plan includes $32 million for right of way acquisition beginning in 2022 to fix the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in central Pasco.

New DOT work plan includes $32 million for U.S. 41/SR 54 interchange

LAND O’LAKES — Twenty-one months ago, the Florida Department of Transportation said it was hitting the brakes on planning improvements at a traffic-clogged intersection in central Pasco.Instead, the DOT said it would await recommendations from...
Updated one month ago
Pasco County built the Hercules Aquatic Center in Zephyrhills after voters agreed to tax themselves in 1986 for new parks and libraries. The county shut down the pool in 2011 amid prolonged budget constraints. Commissioners now are considering new tax districts for parks, libraries and public safety.
Times staff (2010)

Bowen: A history lesson that’s not too taxing

Pasco County’s parks need a new historical marker.It could serve as an appropriate reminder of the not-so-distant past as the county embarks on a public information campaign for a presumed 2018 voter referendum on paying for parks and...
Updated one month ago
Pasco County's Food for Florida distribution will be Nov. 5-8 at the county fairgrounds outside Dade City. The county pulled the plud on the initial location, the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center on Collier Parkway, fearing a repeat of the scene in Plant City where long lines of traffic appeared on Oct. 9. The nutrition program is for people affected by Hurricane Irma. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Food flight: Traffic concerns push Irma nutrition aid to Pasco fairgrounds

DADE CITY — The Pasco County Fair Association is used to being a food source. But the typical corn dogs and sugar-coated funnel cakes will be replaced next month with debit cards allowing people to make their own culinary selections at retail...
Updated one month ago