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Gov. Scott appoints four to Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

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Gov. Rick Scott has appointed four to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The council covers four counties including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee.

The group is one of 11 regional planning councils across the state that aims to serve citizens and member governments by providing a forum to foster communication, coordination, and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally.

Scott appointed Robert “Pete” Edwards of Tampa to a vacant seat. The retired drug court counselor begins his term March 17.

Tampa Attorney Jacob Cremer has also been appointed to succeed Kim Vance.

Wesley Chapel vice president of business development for Florida for Batson-Cook Co. Frank Rygiel will take over for Earl Young.

Another vacant seat will be filled by David Dunbar. Dunbar is the chairs the board of People’s Bank.

All of the appointments began Tuesday and run through October 1 of this year. Dunbar will serve a potentially longer term and his service will end at the pleasure of Scott.

All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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