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A hotly contested debate over forced annexation in Pinellas County is about to get even hotter.
Two Bay Area legislators have asked the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation to forward proposed legislation that would allow cities to annex the choicest enclaves - those improved tracts of unincorporated land that are surrounded entirely by an incorporated community.
State Sen Jack Latvala, R-Palm Harbor, and state Rep. Rudolph Bradley, D-St. Petersburg, filed the draft legislation that would grant 12 incorporated communities in Pinellas a one-time right to annex an estimated 513 enclaves encompassing about 9,527 acres.
Over the past year, a legislative delegation committee has studied the issue and sought comment from residents at public …