This is what Tampa Bay's state Senate districts should have looked like

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The Legislature’s revised Senate redistricting plan went to the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday as three nonpartisan groups also released an alternative map because they say the lawmakers’ do-over still violates new anti-gerrymandering standards.

And, honestly, the nonpartisan groups — the League of Women Voters, National Council of La Raza and Florida Common Cause — did a lot better job drawing Tampa Bay’s state Senate districts than the Senate itself did.

(At the top of this post is the proposed map by the nonpartisan groups, below is the map proposed by the Senate.)

The key difference between the two maps is that, despite both maps drawing a minority-majority seat (currently held by Arthenia Joyner), the south Pinellas seat stays in south Pinellas and does not cross the bridge to pick up parts of south Tampa.

That’s how the map should have been drawn all along.

Instead, the proposed map has a state Senate district which stretches from the Gulf Beaches to Kennedy Boulevard.

Explain to me how, outside of the Bizarro World which is the Florida Senate, that makes any sense.

For goodness’ sake, there are voters who live on St. Petersburg’s Fifth Avenue North in the same district as voters miles away in South Tampa, rather than with voters living around the corner on Fifth Avenue South.

Seats that look the ones the Senate drew for Tampa Bay simply do not stand up to scrutiny.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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.