Cape Coral Voters Approve $60 Million Parks Bond

by John Szerlag, City Manager, City of Cape Coral Major parks and recreation improvements to be made citywide Cape Coral voters approved a $60 million expansion of the city’s parks and recreation amenities. A general obligation bond referendum was on the General Election ballot. The measure passed with 54 percent of the vote. The “yes”…

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December 2018 President’s Message

Greetings Fellow FCCMA Members, I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays and is ready to celebrate a new year! 2018 has been a great year for our organization and 2019 will be another great year for FCCMA. After being sworn in as President in June I must tell you the time has flown by. I…

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FCCMA Communications Committee News

by Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach and Chairman, Legislative Subcommittee Under the leadership of Chair John Titkanich, Vice Chair Jamie Titcomb, Executive Director, Casey Cook, and I have undertaken an initiative to develop a template letter (link below) that can be utilized by FCCMA members to congratulate newly elected or re-elected…

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District III Training in Satellite Beach

On Friday December 7, we held our District III training event in Satellite Beach.  The topic was “Practical Approaches to Implementing Sustainability Initiatives” and our group of 20 shared thoughts and ideas regarding a variety of topics, including case law in Florida and nationally, building heights and coastal setbacks, creating sustainability boards and implementing sustainable/green…

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December 2018 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. Michael Carballa, District VII, Assistant County Administrator for Public Infrastructure, Pasco County, Full Member; Joanna Cunningham, District IV, Assistant to Village Manager, Village of…

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Grand Challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration (https://www.napawash.org/) launched a new campaign to identify the Grand Challenges in Public Administration. The Grand Challenges are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and drive an agenda for our government over the next decade.  They are looking to get input on two key questions: WHAT problems must federal, state and…

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Florida Opportunity Zones Conference

CDFA is excited to announce a new partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to bring together a special convening of local communities for a conference focused on Opportunity Zones. Please join them for the Florida Opportunity Zones Conference on December 18-19, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Space is limited – register early to secure…

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Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

Each year, the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Cities of Service knows that many cities are involving citizens in creative and effective ways, including civic tech, data analysis, impact volunteering, and more. These cities are combining…

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Long-Term Recovery Process Event in Rosemary Beach

CITGO Petroleum and SBP are holding an event from December 5th to 7th at The Pearl Hotel, 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach. This event was developed to bring together community leaders from Texas and Florida whose communities are at different stages of the long-term recovery process. The officials from Texas will share what they learned…

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Cybersecurity and Local Government; Not If But When

by Mike Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, DeLand At the 2018 FCCMA Fall Symposium on November 8th at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, several dozen attendees learned about the reality of cybersecurity threats to local government. The FCCMA Professional Development Committee chose this topic for the Symposium after hearing from the membership after our…

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Suzanne Sherman, Assistant City Manager, Satellite Beach

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join?  When I was in one of my final classes working toward my Masters in Public Administration at UCF in 2003, the professor, Dr. Evan Berman, told us that one of the steps we should take toward building a career in local government…

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