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Decision delayed on annexation bill

The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation delayed a decision Monday on whether to sponsor a bill that would allow cities to annex unincorporated properties smaller than 3 acres without resident approval. The proposed bill is still being reworked, said state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Palm Harbor. Many residents in the county's unincorporated areas oppose the plan because they say it strips them of their property rights. Although the proposed bill would apply only to parcels 3 acres or smaller, critics fear it would set a precedent. Municipal officials are lobbying for the measure, saying it would allow them to streamline their services. The delegation will take up the issue again at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 at the School Board administration building in Largo.

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