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Pinellas commission redistricting: more of the same



While surrounding counties already have gone public with redistricting proposals, Pinellas County officials have been quietly working behind the scenes.

But late Thursday, county officials released proposed new districts to the County Commission, though most if not all board members had seen earlier proposals privately with County Administrator Bob LaSala.

The take-away: The three at-large districts (Nancy Bostock, Neil Brickfield, Norm Roche) stay the same. If you're keeping score, that means Democratic former state Rep. Janet Long of Seminole wouldn't be moved into Bostock's district, despite floating the idea of challenging Bostock,a Republican.

The four single-member districts will change only slightly, to make up for population drops. Commissioner Ken Welch's district would gain part of Lealman from Commissioner John Morroni's boundaries. And Commissioner Karen Seel's district would give some west Pinellas (Bardmoor) voters to Morroni's district.

Commissioner Chairwoman Susan Latvala's north Pinellas district would stay the same.

Why no fireworks? Pinellas lost population so demands of growth aren't pressing boundaries.

The board still has to have public hearing and vote to approve the staff's proposal. Thursday evening's memo is attached.

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 10:48am]


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