Residents vote to disband St. Pete Beach police department

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St. Pete Beach’s police department will be disbanded.

Voters passed a referendum Tuesday night by a vote of 58 to 42 percent.

Now, jurisdiction of the city will be handed over to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The move will save the city about $1.3 million, according to City Manager Mike Bonfield.

Right now, it is unclear how quickly the city commission will act on the changes and officially disband the department.

The change had the backing of the City Commission, which voted earlier this year to support disbanding the police force, as did the union that represents the 25-member force.

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