PUBLIC SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Florida League of Cities Honors Space Coast Officials With Home Rule Hero Award
By Space Coast Daily // July 18, 2023
Awardees were selected due to their work during the 2023 legislative session
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Nine government officials from Brevard County were recognized recently with Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero award. Awardees were selected due to their work during the 2023 legislative session to advocate for their residents, promote local voices making local choices, and protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities.
The Brevard County 2023 Home Rule Hero awardees include West Melbourne Councilwoman Diana Adams, Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, Cocoa Mayor Michael Blake, Rockledge City Manager Brenda Fettrow, Satellite Beach Council woman Mindy Gibson, Indialantic Council member Stuart Glass, Palm Shores Mayor Carol McCormack, Melbourne Council woman Yvonne Minus and Titusville Councilwoman Sarah Stoeckel.
Jeff Branch, Florida League of Cities Senior Legislative Advocate, presented each awardee with their award and spoke about the importance of advocacy at the local level by elected and non-elected government officials.
“Municipal officials are the city’s first advocates and play a key role in sharing their city’s story with legislators,” said Branch. “These Home Rule Heroes advocated on behalf of their residents throughout session to protect the ability to make decisions locally. The League and its legislative team are proud to recognize these dedicated municipal officials.”
Branch also gave a legislative update about various League priorities and how specific legislative pieces could impact Florida municipalities.
He explained the importance of residents being involved in the advocacy process and encouraged officials to educate residents about the League’s Local Voices United program, which is a free program connecting residents to League resources they can use to advocate for and against legislation they could impact their community.
For more information, visit www.LocalVoicesUnited.com.