St. Pete Beach will let voters decide police issue | News
St. Petersburg, Florida -- In less than four months, on Nov. 6, St. Pete Beach voters will decide whether they want to keep their city-run police force or whether they want to go with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
After hearing from residents concerned about what they called confusing ballot language, the commission voted unanimously to ask residents to decide in November. They did not change the ballot language.
St. Pete Beach has a clause in its charter that mandates the city maintain a city-run police department. To go with the Sheriff’s Office, voters will have to repeal that part of the charter in November.
Rick Falkenstein, who owns the Hurricane Restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, called the ballot language “tricky.”