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Business Observer Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 10 years ago

Applicants seek spot on PSC

More than 20 people applied for a seat on the powerful regulatory commission.

Four Gulf Coast businessmen, including former State Rep. Ken Littlefield, R-Zephyrhills, have applied for a term on the Florida Public Service Commission.

More than 20 people statewide have submitted an application to Gov. Rick Scott's office for a spot on the five-member commission, according to the Florida News Service. Applicants include Lisa Edgar, the longest-serving member of the commission.

Littlefield lists his current home as Wesley Chapel, and his job with Hodges Family Funeral Homes in Dade City. Littlefield served in the House from 1999 to 2006. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to the commission, only the appointment wasn't carried over by Gov. Charlie Crist.

There are three other local applicants for the spot, according to the News Service: James Coachman Jr. of Clearwater, an independent contractor with Horizon Transport; W. David Outlaw of Seminole, vice president of operations for Cavaform International LLC; and Donald Polmann of Dunedin, director of science and engineering for Tampa Bay Water.

The PSC has regulatory authority over electric, natural gas, phone, water and wastewater utilities. The commission's oversight includes rate, safety and service. Gov. Scott will choose applicants later this year.

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