With the 2020 census completed, Escambia County and City of Pensacola need to review the boundaries of their districts and adjust them before the end of this year.
The city of Pensacola’s charter sets forth a process. The council appoints a member from each of the seven districts to a districting commission. No member of the commission shall be employed by the City or hold any other elected or appointed position in the City.
The districting commission holds public meetings and recommends district boundaries that the council can accept or reject and come up with another plan.
The county doesn’t have a charter. The state constitution gives the county commissioners the authority for redrawing district lines.
Downtown Pensacola businessman John Peacock has assembled a group of community leaders that either live or own businesses in Escambia County that want the Board of County Commissioners to form a Citizen Advisory to make recommendations on how to redraw the county’s five districts.
The group recommends the committee have five to 15 members. The final authority remains with the commissioners.
Read John Peacock letter.