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2 local officials join state climate panel

Commissioner Janet Long and planner Sean Sullivan picked
Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long

Two Tampa Bay officials have been chosen to join a new panel studying climate change in Florida. Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long and Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council executive director Sean Sullivan were named to the Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy by state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

The advisory council members — about 20 from around the state — are scheduled to discuss and offer advice on such issues as climate change, sea level rise, energy conservation and renewable energy.

Long already chairs the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.