The region’s six counties, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas are required by law to exercise regional cooperation through membership on the Council. Other municipal members are Bradenton, Clearwater, Dade City, Dunedin, Gulfport, Largo, Madeira Beach, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palmetto, Pinellas Park, Plant City, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Temple Terrace, and Treasure Island.
These governments are represented on the Council by elected officials appointed by their local boards. They comprise two-thirds of the Council’s membership. The Governor appoints additional members, making up the remaining third of the Council. There are also four ex-officio members representing the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Enterprise Florida.