Issues

Protecting our County from COVID-19

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on every aspect of our lives, and conditions are changing nearly every day. It’s crucial now more than ever that our local elected officials listen to residents and small business owners, understand the issues they are facing, and make informed decisions based on data and feedback. We must implement effective policies aimed at protecting the health and safety of our residents, like passing mask ordinances and supporting accessible healthcare services for our residents. Commissioner Long has been working overtime communicating with constituents to learn about their unique challenges and striving to find commonsense solutions that work for everyone.

To learn about the most updated COVID-19 information for Pinellas County, please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/

Improving our Transportation

Commissioner Long has a demonstrated track record improving transportation in Pinellas County. She is the past Chair of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board of Directors and currently serves on the Executive Committee. She is also the Treasury/Secretary of the Tampa Bay Area Transit Authority Governing Board, and member of Forward Pinellas Board and Executive Committee. Commissioner Long played an instrumental role in securing a $21.8 million federal grant for Pinellas County’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) program connecting St. Petersburg to beaches in the region. This is the first piece of a 41-mile regional project that will eventually connect Hillsborough County to Pinellas and will operate on Interstate 275. Under her leadership, Pinellas County has been recognized as having the largest fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles in the State of Florida. We’ve made a lot of progress in Pinellas over the past eight years, and Commissioner Long is committed to continuing that progress and ensuring that everyone has access to reliable transportation options.

Protecting our Environment

One of Commissioner Long’s top priorities throughout her lengthy career in public service has been protecting our environment. She knows that this issue is key not only for the long-term health of Pinellas County’s residents, but also one of the driving forces behind our economy. That’s why Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried appointed Commissioner Long to the state’s Advisory Council on Climate and Energy. She also Chairs the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. Commissioner Long is dedicated to taking immediate and impactful steps towards reducing our carbon footprint, mitigating the impact of climate change on our towns and cities, and continuing to lead the way on green initiatives at the county level.

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