Wednesday, November 22, 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.

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times.  
Hurricane Irma, the outer bands of which are shown here Sept. 10 bringing sheets of rain on Tradewinds Drive in Land O' Lakes, could inspire a wish list for the Pasco legislative delegation meeting on Nov. 27.

Bowen: A legislative wish list for which to be thankful

This column took some time to compose. The initial scribbling came late on the night of Sept. 10 inside Pasco’s Emergency Operations Center as Hurricane Irma tracked across the county. Away from family. Stuck in a too-small work space with a...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
A Pasco advisory committee is recommending the county acquire the nearly 3,600 acres formelry known as the Fort King Ranch north of State Road 52. It would be the largest attempted acquisiton from a willing buyer under the county's Enviornmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program.A bid for the 12,400 acres of the Cross Bar Ranch, shown here, failed when Pinellas County commissioners said they did not want to sell. TIMES files.

Pasco County mulls preserving former Ft. King ranch

LAND O’LAKES — Nearly three decades after Freeman Polk unsuccessfully attempted to auction his massive Fort King Ranch, the thousands of acres north of State Road 52 just might have a new buyer — Pasco County.Last week, a county advisory...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Pasco County is asking the public how to pay for expanded and ongoing operations of the county's parks and libraries. Residents can take an on-line survey or attend three public workshops scheduled for Nov. 28-30.

Pasco asks, How do we how to pay for parks and libraries?

Pasco County is about to measure the public’s appetite for changing how it pays for parks and libraries.The county has scheduled three public workshops for next week and is inviting people to take an on-line survey to determine if the...
Published: 11/22/17
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
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: 11/20/17
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
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