Indian Harbour Beach City Manager Mark Ryan Recognized with 2022 Home Rule Hero Award
By Space Coast Daily // April 12, 2022
Ryan recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – The Florida League of Cities, celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized Indian Harbour Beach City Manager Mark Ryan with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for his advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session.
Ryan worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of municipal leaders,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook.
“We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local officials on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local officials were constantly engaged and actively advocating for their communities throughout the 2022 Legislative Session. They’re heroes for Home Rule and we thank them for their efforts.”
Home Rule is the ability of a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference.
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 on an issue.
For the last seven years, Ryan has championed legislation that would allow local governments to regulate smoking in a public parks or on public beaches if they choose.
Currently, the youth of communities throughout Florida currently play on playgrounds, athletic fields, skate parks, aquatic facilities, and other recreation facilities with inconsiderate smokers around the children providing them unhealthy secondhand smoke as the regulation of smoking is preempted by the state and school districts.
In the 2022 Florida Legislative Session CS/HB 105 passed to allow counties and municipalities, if they choose, to regulate smoking, excluding filtered cigars, in public parks and beaches.
This legislation will be submitted to Governor DeSantis to sign into law.
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