St. Pete, FL-- The St. Pete Beach Police Department is expected to soon be dissolved, after voters decided to change the city's charter Tuesday. 58 percent percent of people voted 'yes' and 42 percent voted 'no'.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will soon be contracted out to take over policing the city.
According to the mayor, Steve McFarlin, this was an issue that had been discussed for years. It will save the city about $2 million a year.
However, not everyone on the police force was behind the change. Some wanted to keep the department intact for the small town aspect and their position status. Others wanted the department to dissolve because of better benefits and pension.
People who live on St. Pete Beach are mixed about the decision.
"I'm really happy. It's going to save the city money and I just think it's going to be better all around for everybody," said voter, Monica Borne.
"I just don't think it's going to be the same," said voter, Debbie. "We see them more. We get to know them. That's special for a small town. It's nice to know your police officers and for them to know you," she added.
According to Mayor McFarlin, everyone at the St Pete Beach Police Department will have a job at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. City officials said the transition should go into effect by the first of the year.