The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Destin Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell, Fort Walton Beach City Manager Michael Beedie, Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer and Valparaiso Commissioner Heyward Strong with 2016 Home Rule Hero Awards.
These local government officials earned this prestigious award for their tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2016 legislative session. Awards were presented at the May 20 meeting of the Northwest Florida League of Cities.
“These municipal officials are some of the Florida League of Cities’ biggest advocates for municipal issues, always willing and ready to contact legislators and travel to Tallahassee to be sure a local voice is heard on issues that are important to cities,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “It is clear that these public servants have devoted themselves to Florida’s citizens and will remain loyal to their cities and state far into the future.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – both elected and nonelected – 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.
(News Release courtesy of the Florida League of Cities)
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