As Halloween nears, House proposes monster mash-up of maps

House redistricting map for Senate makes big changes in Palm Beach County

House redistricting map for Senate makes big changes in Palm Beach County

When it comes to drawing Florida Senate district boundaries, senators have already reviewed a few maps that borrowed concepts from other proposals — a process they started calling “Frankenstein” maps.

Just in time for Halloween, the House did its own version Friday of a monster mash-up of maps.

House proposes monster mash-up of maps.

House proposes monster mash-up of maps.

Redistricting Chairman Jose Oliva, R-Miami, unveiled proposed district lines for the other chamber that takes what the Senate approved this week — and adds some pieces of a map recommended by a voters’ coalition.

But while the coalition, led by the Florida League of Women Voters, would have kept four Senate districts in Palm Beach County, the House goes along with the Senate plan that reduces the county to three seats.

But – Igor-like — it adds a few new twists.

The district now held by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, would be moved out of the Jupiter-Tequesta area it currently holds, instead containing Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, similar to what the Senate has proposed.

But the three remaining Palm Beach County districts currently held by Democratic Sens. Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth, Joe Abruzzo of Wellington and Maria Sachs of Delray Beach, undergo some transformation in the House plan.

A central county district similar to the one Clemens now holds would still exist. But Abruzzo and Sachs might have to choose which of the remaining two districts look most like their current boundaries — since the House splices together pieces of each.

What looks like Abruzzo’s current, western county district courses in the House proposal from the Glades region south into Boca Raton, then curves into Broward County, taking in parts of Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach.

The south county and Broward communities are areas Sachs currently represents, so she also might stake a claim to that district.

The third and last county seats ranges north to the Martin County line, taking in West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and such Republican-leaning communities as Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Hard to tell which of the county’s Democratic senators are eager for that seat.

The proposal is set to go before Oliva’s Redistricting Committee on Monday. With lawmakers looking to end a three-week special session on redistricting next Friday, it’s difficult to gauge what plan will emerge as final.

But for now, the House proposal — is alive.

 

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