Carl Zimmermann is just waiting on the phone so he can get into his new Dunedin office digs.
The freshman state representative and his aides put up a fresh coat of paint inside and the furniture arrived last week, he said. As of Wednesday, he was just waiting on a phone to be connected so he can start using his new district office in Oak Tree Center next to Spoto's: The Steak Joint, at the corner of Pinehurst Road and State Road 580.
The Palm Harbor resident opted for Dunedin office space because it is more centrally located for his legislative aides, who are traveling from south Pinellas county, he said.
Plus, "Dunedin is new to the district — or to area that was once District 48," explained Zimmermann, a Democrat.
District 48 was redrawn to incorporate Dunedin as District 65 after the 2012 U.S. Census results were released. The Florida legislature must redraw Congressional and state legislative lines every 10 years. The process can take a year or more.
"It's good to be located in a municipality," Zimmermann said. "I'm really excited about it, and I'm really excited about just the position itself."
He said he is working with several local museums on obtaining historic photographs from each of the areas represented in District 65 — Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Palm Harbor — to be hung in his office.
He said he enjoys looking at old photographs, and stopped short of saying he could stare at them for hours.
The office should be open sometime next week, he said, and he intends to host an open house toward the end of January or the beginning of February.
Zimmermann's office is at 1106 Pinehurst Road in Dunedin. Call 727-733-8267.