Here's what Tampa Bay's state Senate districts look like under revised plan

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The Florida Senate on Saturday released its first attempt at fixing its rejected Senate redistricting map with this proposal. Here is what Tampa Bay’s districts would look like under the new plan:

As you can easily ascertain, the Senate Reapportionment Committee DID NOT (as some, such as Barry Edwards, speculated) redraw the maps in a way that would slice in half Pinellas County. Rather, they have one seat stretching from the Gulf Beaches into South Tampa, while another seat, based mostly in Hillsborough, bridges three counties to keep a minority-access seat.

Actually, the new map’s districts  look a lot like the rejected map’s districts until you get further away from Pinellas and Hillsborough.

For more analysis of the new maps, be sure to follow @MaryEllenKlas of the Miami Herald, who appears to be dedicating her St. Patrick’s Day to reviewing the new maps.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.