State redistricting public hearings set for Tampa, Largo in late August

As per every 10 years, Florida's legislative & congressional districts are scheduled to be revised in the coming year, and with the passage of Amendments 5 & 6, Democrats are hoping that the new law will force the creation of districts to become fairer and less gerrymandered, and with that, the possibility that they may begin getting more of their own kind elected to the state Senate and House.

Beginning in less that two weeks, the Legislature will host more than two dozen joint public hearings around the state, and the complete list of times and dates for those hearings has now been posted.

A hearing will be held at the Hillsborough County Commission chambers on Monday, August 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., followed the next day, August 30, in Largo, where a hearing will take place at the EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College (13805 58th St. N.). That meeting is scheduled to run from 8 to 11 a.m. Then at 6 p.m. that night, a three hour hearing will be held in Sarasota at New College.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough County citizens concerned about the lack of Hispanic representation on the Board of County Commissioners are seizing on the once a decade re-drawing of the four district seats on the Board as a new opportunity, though they're not too satisfied with what they've seen in terms of six new maps that have been drawn up.