Gaetz: Charlotte County concerns prompted shift in Florida Senate’s District 13 map

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The Florida Senate redistricting committee has released a revamped draft of how it proposes to redraw Florida’s congressional lines. The new map shows a big shift in the district of Rep. Vern Buchanan — a shift that came about because of urgings from Charlotte County residents to lump them in with other coastal residents, according to committee chairman Don Gaetz.

In the committee’s original proposal, published on Nov. 28, Buchanan’s District 13 covered all of Sarasota County, most of Manatee County and a sliver Charlotte County:












In the new version, published on Dec. 30, a large hunk of western Charlotte has been added to the district, and Sarasota and Manatee have been divided at the I-75:

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