As pointed out at 'Building Florida's DECs' in the post, "Let's Focus on Republicans in County Commissions, " Hillsborough's County Commission represents 1.15 million people. That is more than Wyoming (515,004) or Montana (944,632).
Yet, the leadership of the County is driven by sports, toll booths, nickel-and-diming the infrastructure as the St. Petersburg Times points out:
Last week's decision by commissioners to scuttle an earlier attempt to kill local rules protecting wetlands symbolized how they wing it on major policy decisions. Four of the seven members - Brian Blair, Jim Norman, Kevin White and Ken Hagan - reversed their votes in the face of heavy criticism. But political expediency routinely is the driving force for the commission instead of any long-term vision.
Voters weren't fooled by the vote into thinking that Blair, Norman, Hagan or White had finally done the right thing. As Mariella noted at 'Sticks of Fire': "It was clear that a vote to eliminate the epc wetlands division would have been political suicide.