IT'S JUST A -- THAT'S ONE OF THOSE FRIENDLY
THINGS.--Commissioner Jim Norman
Hillsborough County commissioners ousted Commissioner Rose Ferlita on Thursday from a coveted seat on the Tampa Port Authority, electing Commissioner Brian Blair instead.
Commissioner Ferlita is elected from District #1. The District encompasses the shores of Tampa Bay. SEE the map of Hillsborough districts:
Hillsborough County Government Online - BOCC - Districts
Ferlita did not go quietly. She implied that the law had been broken. She noted that the port and most of Hillsborough's shorelines are in her district. As vice chair of the Port Authority, Ferlita has worked on problems involving canals and a gas pipeline that's proposed through the area, she said.
Brian Blair gloated:
I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT IF -- SINCE I'VE TAKEN ON ANOTHER BOARD, THAT IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE ONE OF MY BOARDS, THEY CAN LOOK THROUGH, AND IF SOMETHING -- IF IT'S SOMETHING DEAR TO THEIR HEART, I'LL GIVE UP ANOTHER BOARD.
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Ken Hagan replaces Jim Norman as commission chairman
Mark Sharpe replaces Ken Hagan as commission vice chairman
Al Higginbotham replaces Brian Blair as chairman of the Environmental Protection Commission
Brian Blair replaces Rose Ferlita on the Tampa Port Authority
Jim Norman keeps his Tampa Sports Authority post