TAMPA — Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, for more than 40 years a clear and often solitary voice for the environment, good government and libraries, died Friday evening. She was 81.
Mrs. Platt was often known as "Commissioner No" for voting against development she found to be poorly planned or harmful. As Hillsborough County boomed in the late 1980s, she voted "no" 80 times on rezonings during a three-year period when every other commissioner voted "yes."
But the nickname overshadowed a career of far-reaching accomplishments.
"She left a lasting legacy," said former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who served with Mrs. Platt on the County Commission from 1985 to 1992. "She could always be counted on to be that voice for honest and open government. She will always be known for her love of the outdoors and for protecting Tampa Bay. You knew what she stood for. She never wavered in her convictions."
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