Although Palm Beach County often seems to end up as ground zero for weird, puzzling and too-close-to-call episodes in Florida election history, state lawmakers aren’t giving the county much love in a 26-city redistricting tour.
Legislative redistricting committees are holding only one public hearing in Palm Beach County this summer. The 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. event will be held Aug. 16 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
The night before, Aug. 15, members of the public can vent about House, Senate and congressional district boundaries at a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hearing at Stuart’s Blake Library. On the same day as the FAU hearing, the redistricting committees will hold an evening public hearing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Davie at the Broward College gym.
Palm Beach County districts are likely to undergo some big changes with the once-a-decade redistricting, which lawmakers will begin in January.
Among the boundaries expected to change significantly are the five-county Senate District 27, now held by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Wellington, and another sure-to-be battleground — the Broward-Palm Beach county congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale.
More information and a schedule of hearings can be found at www.floridaredistricting.org.