Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Daniel McAuliffe, Jim Rosica, and Drew Wilson.

Veteran lobbyist Chuck Hinson likens lobbying to playing on a professional sports team.

“You have a season, then you take a break, then you do the spring training, then take a little bit of a break, then you come back for the preseason, and there’s the season,” Hinson says.

Sports analogies aside, veteran TECO lobbyist Chuck Hinson reminds us just how competitive Tallahassee can be.

“You never can let yourself get out of shape. You’ve got to rebuild your roster, you’ve got to do all those things in the cycle — study what the other teams did last year, what are they going to do next year. There’s just a lot to it.”

Hinson has been doing the job for 40 years, mostly as vice president for state and community relations for Tampa Electric Co. and People’s Gas, which he joined in 1994. Before that, he worked for Centel/Sprint and the Florida Dental Association.

He’s closing his long career at age 66, entering retirement while planning to

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