Several FCCMA members from around the state were honored by the Florida League of Cities as recipients of 2017 Home Rule Hero Awards. These FCCMA members earned this prestigious recognition for their tireless efforts to advance the Florida League of Cities’ legislative agenda and help protect the home rule authority of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to cultivate relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their constituents back home. The Florida League of Cities is proud to recognize them and say thank you for all they do to help protect home rule and preserve the quality of life in their cities.”
Home rule is the authority for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans, and resolutions without prior state approval. Recipients of the Home Rule Hero Award are local government officials – both elected and non-elected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the Legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
The 2017 Home Rule Hero Award recipients who are FCCMA members are:
Terry Atchley, City Manager, City of Wauchula
Michael Beedie, City Manager, City of Fort Walton Beach
Lee Feldman, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
George Forbes, City Manager, City of Jacksonville Beach
Jim Hanson, Town Manager, Town of Orange Park
Carisse LeJeune, City Manager, City of Destin
William Moss, City Manager, City of Naples
Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach
Debra Sullivan, City Clerk, City of Belleair Bluffs
John Titkanich, City Manager, City of Cocoa