City Charter Commission to host public hearing Tuesday

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Every 10 years, St. Petersburg’s mayor and members of CityCouncil appoint nine citizens to a Charter Review Commission to take a look atthe City Charter and consider amendments that may be placed before voters on
the ballot. This City Charter is the legal document that defines thepolitical powers of city government – in essence, the city’s version of theU.S. Constitution.

On Tuesday, April 5, citizens are invited to share their input with thecommission at a public hearing in Council Chamber, City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.at 6 p.m.

Some of the areas the City Charter covers include the powers of the mayor andCity Council, development of the waterfront parkland, how many Council membersthere are, and how the districts are divided, and more. The charter may beread onlinewww.stpete.org/CRC/, along with agendas and minutes of eachmeeting, a list of the Charter Review Commission members and more.

Any proposed changes to the City Charter will come before voters in the Nov.8, General Election.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.