Public meetings on Hillsborough County re-districting begins

The first of 10 public meetings throughout the community begins tonight. Later this month the BOCC will hold a workshop, followed by public hearings. All of that information is listed below:


Tuesday, May 3


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Strawberry Crest High School


4691 Gallagher Road in Dover



Wednesday, May 4


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library


2909 West Bearss Ave. in Tampa



Tuesday, May 10


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


University Area Community Center


14013 North 22nd St. in Tampa



Wednesday, May 11


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


South Shore Regional Service Center


410 30th St. SE in Ruskin



Monday, May 16


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


New Tampa Regional Library


10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa



Wednesday, May 18


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Town N Country Commons Library


7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120 in Tampa



Thursday, May 19


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Brandon Regional Service Center


311 Pauls Drive


Brandon



Tuesday, May 24


6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library


2607 E. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Tampa



Tuesday, May 31


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Plant City City Hall


302 W. Reynolds St.


Plant City



Thursday, June 2, 2011


10 a.m. to Noon


Sun City Center Community Association


1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd.


Greater Sun City



The Redistricting public workshop and public hearings are:



Public Workshop


Tuesday May 24


1:30 p.m.


2nd Floor Board Room — County Center


601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa


Commissioners will discuss alternatives to proposed district boundaries.



Public Hearing


Thursday, June 9


6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


2nd Floor Board Room — County Center


601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa


Commissioners will discuss alternatives to proposed district boundaries.



Public Hearing


Monday, June 20


6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


2nd Floor Board Room — County Center


601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa


Commissioners will adopt new district boundaries.


For more information, go here to the county's website.

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There are four separate voting districts in Hillsborough County, and beginning tonight, the process to re-draw those geographical boundaries begins.

WIth approximately 1.2 million residents in the county, those districts needs to roughly average around 300,000 people, but currently that's not the case.

Districts 1 and 3, represented on the new Board of County Commissioners by Sandy Murman and Les Miller, respectively, are below that 300,000 level, while District 2 and 4, chaired now by Victor Crist and Al Higginbotham, are above that.

So theoretically, Murman and Miller would gain more people, and Crist and Chairman Higginbotham, would lose population.

But as Mike Salinero wrote in the Tampa Tribune on Sunday, Les Miller's District 3 seat is a minority district seat, created to increase the chances of a minority candidate representing the board, which he currently is. Miller's seat was previously held by Kevin White and Thomas Scott.

Interestingly, Latinos in the County are now a larger minority group than blacks, (25 percent to 16 percent), yet the way the lines are drawn, there doesn't appear at this time that the most likely district to elect such a candidate (that would be in District 1, which includes Latino heavy precincts of West Tampa and Town 'n' County).

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