January 2020 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach Greetings! The 2020 Florida Legislative Session is well underway.  As of January 24, 2020, more than 3,400 bills have been for consideration during this session. Many bills are Local Funding Requests and relief bills for claims subject to the liability limits in Florida Statutes for…

Details

January 2020 President’s Message

As we begin the new year and a new decade, many of us are making resolutions and/or setting goals – we are certainly looking back and looking forward. As I consider my personal priorities, I also reflect on the many benefits offered to us through our professional association FCCMA. I hope you will resolve to…

Details

Meet Terry Atchley, City Manager, Wauchula

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join? Becoming an FCCMA member at the beginning of my career as a city manager was pivotal, to the enhancement of my knowledge as a professional public servant. I joined eight years ago seeking council and collaboration in matters that affected local government,…

Details

January 2020 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Juana Ayala, District VI, Master in Public Administration, Northcentral University, Student Member; Deborah Bowie, District VII, Executive Chief of Staff, City of Gainesville, Full…

Details

Meet Brian Moree, City Manager, Atlantis

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join? I joined FCCMA in 2013. It followed my first appointment as acting manager. I wanted to be part of, and contribute to, an organization that supported manager’s professional development and promoted the council/commission-manager form of government. Are you an ICMA member, why…

Details

Congratulations to Islamorada and Lake Hamilton

The Village of Islamorada and the Town of Lake Hamilton were recognized by the ICMA Executive Board on December 13, 2019 for operating under the council-manager form of government. Congratulations to Islamorada and Village Manager Seth Lawless, and to Lake Hamilton and Sara Irvine!

Details

December 2019 Legislative Update

By Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach Happy holidays to you, your family, and your team of dedicated professionals in your respective communities! The Florida Legislature has completed seven weeks of Interim Committee Meetings, that began in September, in advance of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session.  As of December 16th more than…

Details

December 2019 President’s Message

As another year comes quickly to an end, I reflect on the many successes of our association. Our members have been active and engaged within their committees as well as within their cities and counties. Our association remains financially solid and has seen strong overall member retention. I am honored to serve as President and…

Details

Building Tallahassee’s First Strategic Plan

By Reese Goad, City Manager, City of Tallahassee A strategic plan charts the course for an organization striving to address priorities by setting goals and objectives to be reached by a specified date. For Florida’s Capital City, an effective strategic plan needed to embody the vision of local elected officials, assist the City Manager in…

Details

December 2019 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Frank Babinec, District V, City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Full Member; Robert Curnow, District V, City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Full Member;…

Details

Networking Event at Indian River State College

On Thursday, November 14th, a networking event was held at Indian River State College. Over 100 students attended to get to meet many area-wide public professionals. Fifteen FCCMA members attended to assist and participate in roundtable discussions on topics including: A Day in the Life of a City/County Manager, The Future of Local Governance in…

Details