Windermere, Longwood Mayors receive 2017 “Homerule Hero” awards

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The Florida League of Cities have announced the recipients of their 2017 “Homerule Hero” awards, and two local Mayors are being honored as leaders who have worked to protect home rule and to advance the league’s legislative agenda.

The league’s definition of home rule is the “authority for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans, and resolutions without prior state approval.”

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn is once again being honored. Bruhn, who has made the list for the last few years is a regular speaker at government meetings where municipal and state policies may potentially collide. Longwood Mayor Joe Durso is also being honored for his work in Seminole County.

“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to cultivate relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their constituents back home. The Florida League of Cities is proud to recognize them and say thank you for all they do to help protect home rule and preserve the quality of life in their cities.”

This year was a contentious year for home rule policies with state lawmakers passing regulations allowing telecommunication companies more access to public property and a ballot measure that will go before voters next year that could raise the homestead tax exemption, a move local lawmakers say could effect their municipal budgets.

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