Rick Scott appoints 4 to Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council


Gov. Rick Scott has appointed four new members to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The council covers four counties including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Manatee.

The group is one of 11 regional planning councils across the state that aims to serve residents and member governments by providing a forum to foster communication, coordination, and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally.

Scott appointed Robert “Pete” Edwards of Tampa, a retired drug court counselor, to a vacant seat.

Tampa lawyer Jacob Cremer has also been appointed to succeed Kim Vance.

Wesley Chapel vice president of business development for Florida for Batson-Cook Co. Frank Rygiel will take over for Earl Young.

Another vacant seat will be filled by David Dunbar. Dunbar chairs the board of People’s Bank.

All of the appointments began Tuesday and run through Oct. 1. Dunbar might have a  longer term, which will end at Scott’s pleasure.

All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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