By Tamas Mondovics

Following her re-election to the Hillsborough County BOCC just weeks earlier, Commissioner Sandra L. Murman Board Vice-Chair District 1, got back to work, which includes hosting a morning coffee social hour with local residents.

Such was the case last month, as Murman and her staff, including aides Della Cury and Jeffrey Huggins met with members of the SouthShore community at the Waterset Landing Club & Café, located at 7012 Sail View Lane in Apollo Beach.

With coffee in hand, attendees got a chance to discuss their thoughts and concerns on various projects and community issues taking place in Hillsborough County.

The meet and greet session allowed Summerfield resident Roger Rolewicz to ask the commissioner about her take on the proposed trash removal options currently weighing on the minds of many area residents.

Commenting on all the issues and topics currently affecting Hillsborough County residents, Murman replied that her main focus continues to target the economic development within the coastal district.

Feeling optimistic about the SouthShore communities, Murman said she is specifically focusing on the two new recreation centers in Gibsonton and in Ruskin, as well as getting businesses interested in relocating to the area.

“One way we will be successful is by bringing public bus transportation service down here and arrange for express routes from here to downtown,” Murman said.

Murman joined the Board as a County Commissioner in 2010, representing District 1.

Prior to joining the County Commission, Murman completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. Representative Murman was the first Republican woman to hold the position of Speaker Pro-Tempore in the Florida House of Representatives.

An Indiana native, Murman is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing and is married to local attorney Jim Murman of Barr, Murman, Tonelli, P.A. They have a daughter, Michele, who graduated from Florida State University and is currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Tampa General Hospital.

To learn more, visit her web page located on the county’s website at


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