The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has issued a letter of no objection for the county commission redistricting plan approved in September by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners.
The approved redistricting map (Map 1A) can be viewed at www.colliergov.net/redistricting
The criteria used in developing the new map included the following:
1. The population of each district should be as similar as possible.
2. All districts should be as compact and regularly shaped as feasible.
3. The incumbent Commissioner’s residence (and same for School Board members) must remain in his or her current district.
4. Consider racial and ethnic populations in accordance with the law.
The Constitution of the State of Florida [Article VIII, Section1.(e)] requires that, after each decennial census, the Board of Commissioners is to divide the county into districts of contiguous territories as nearly equal in population as practicable, with one Commissioner residing in each district elected as provided by law. The county’s population, according to the 2010 Census, is 321,520 – an increase of about 70,000 residents from the 2000 Census.