Guided by the belief that all politics is local and the best strategy for sustained legislative success is one that continually engages local officials’ participation.  We encourage all Ridge League city officials to be active in the legislative process.  From the smallest city to the largest, from Arcadia in the south to Zephyrhills in the north, WE STAND TOGETHER TO SUPPORT LOCAL AUTHORITY.

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2023 State Legislative Save the Date

#CommonGrounds

Brew up stronger relationships with your legislators! When state and local officials work together, Floridians benefit. We must collaborate to solve problems and improve Florida. 

To help us foster and build these relationships, I am excited to announce that this year’s focus will be themed around my way of breaking the ice: coffee and conversation, or what we will call  #commongrounds

By finding #commongrounds, we put people over politics, access over agendas and success over shouting. 

These face-to-face meetings in a low-stress environment can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. I also encourage you not to talk shop but to get to know your legislator. This fall, lawmakers will be back in their districts. And after the election, we will undoubtedly welcome newly elected legislators. This situation presents a perfect opportunity to connect or reconnect with your state leaders. Learn what is important to them, and ask them what we can do to help them have a successful upcoming session.

Let’s bring home a strategic partnership that will benefit all of Florida and all we serve because Floridians deserve leadership that works for them.

Below you will find the #commongrounds toolkit of resources. I hope each of you finds something helpful or motivational to start these conversations with your legislators.

#CommonGrounds Toolkit

While it’s up to the individual to find the right coffee shop, this toolkit provides some tips and information that will lay the foundation for a good start. In this toolkit you will find information about: 

  • Relationship types
  • Tips for overcoming the political divide
  • How to localize issues
  • And more!

Advocacy Toolkit

The Florida League of Cities is proud to share this comprehensive Advocacy Toolkit for elected officials.

Whether you’re a newly elected official or you’ve been in office for a number of years, The Advo-Kit advocacy toolkit from the Florida League of Cities has something for every local leader to help make your advocacy even more successful.

New to office? The Advo-Kit has sections explaining the importance of Home Rule and examples of legislation that impact your community, as well as information on contacting your legislators, crafting your message and building relationships with legislators.

For those officials already experienced in advocating, The Advo-Kit has resources for you too, such as working with the media to spread your message and suggestions on media outlets to follow, as well as reminders on how to properly testify in front of legislative committees and keys to lobbying in person, virtually or via email.

Let The Advo-Kit help to ensure your advocacy is as successful and impactful as possible.

Home Rule Heroes

The Florida League of Cities is recognizing more than 150 municipal officials with Home Rule Hero Awards for their work during the 2022 legislative session.

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. They worked tirelessly throughout the legislative 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.”

Each Home Rule Hero will be presented with their award at a future date. Want to see your name on next year’s list? Click here to learn how you can be a Home Rule Hero!

  • Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, City of Sarasota
  • Mayor Robert F. Apgar, City of DeLand
  • Commissioner David Ashbrook, City of Port St. Joe
  • Terry Atchley, City Manager, City of Wauchula
  • Courtney H. Barker, City Manager, City of Satellite Beach
  • Councilor Thom Barnhorn, City of Seminole
  • Vice Mayor Joyce D. Barton, Town of Melbourne Beach
  • Mayor Pat Bates, City of Altamonte Springs
  • Lana Beck, Communications & Government Relations Administrator, City of Pinellas Park
  • Councilmember Kathleen Beckman, City of Clearwater
  • Michael Beedie, City Manager, City of Fort Walton Beach
  • Commissioner B.J. Bishop, Town of Longboat Key
  • Commissioner Scott Black, City of Dade City
  • Mayor Nathan Blackwell, City of St. Cloud
  • Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
  • Tim Bolduc, City Manager, City of Crestview
  • Commissioner Rufus Borom, City of Palatka
  • George S. Brown, Deputy City Manager, City of Boca Raton
  • Howard W. Brown, Jr., Village Manager, Village of Indiantown
  • Mayor Woody Brown, City of Largo
  • Commissioner Becky Bruner, City of Stuart
  • Council Member Richard Bryan, City of Daytona Beach Shores
  • Roget Bryan, Village Attorney, Islamorada, Village of Islands
  • Debra R. Buff, City Clerk , City of Belle Glade
  • Al Butler, Support Services Director, City of Ocoee
  • Commissioner Traci Callari, City of Hollywood
  • Sarah Campbell, Town Manager, Town of Orange Park
  • Vice Mayor Jolien Caraballo, City of Port St. Lucie
  • Commissioner Carol Carter, City of Anna Maria
  • Commissioner Joy Carter, City of Coral Springs
  • Daniel P. Clark, PE, Town Manager, Town of Lake Clarke Shores
  • Mayor Jackie Gary Clarke, Village of Indiantown
  • Commissioner Chris Cloudman, City of DeLand
  • Mayor Gib Coerper, City of Alachua
  • Mayor Daniel J. Comerford, III, Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony
  • Commissioner Carolyn Cooper, City of Winter Park
  • Mayor John Dailey, City of Tallahassee
  • Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler, City of Winter Haven
  • Commissioner Lisa Kane DeVitto, City of Crescent City
  • Council Member Ed Dodd, City of Sebastian
  • Darrel Donatto, Fire Rescue Chief & Director Emergency Management, Town of Palm Beach
  • Vice Mayor Anthony Dowling, Village of Indiantown
  • Commissioner Joe Elliott, City of Wildwood
  • Councilwoman Mary Estime-Irvin, City of North Miami
  • Councilman Shaun Ferguson, City of Rockledge
  • Brenda Fettrow, City Manager, City of Rockledge
  • Vice Mayor Robert S. Fite, Jr., City of Bowling Green
  • Councilman Fred Forbes, City of Bonita Springs
  • Stevie Freeman-Montes, Governmental Relations Manager, City of Sarasota
  • Lee Garner, Town Manager, Town of Sneads
  • Commissioner Eric Gerard, City of Largo
  • Mayor Anne Gerwig, Village of Wellington
  • Councilwoman Mindy Gibson, City of Satellite Beach
  • Ella Gilbert, Deputy City Attorney, City of Port St. Lucie
  • Vice-Mayor Kimberly Glas-Castro, Town of Lake Park
  • Deputy Mayor Stuart Glass, Town of Indialantic
  • Mayor Ellen Glasser, City of Atlantic Beach
  • Reese Goad, City Manager, City of Tallahassee
  • Councilwoman Sandy Golding, City of Jacksonville Beach
  • Jorge M. Gonzalez, Village Manager, Village of Bal Harbour
  • Commissioner Jeff Gow, City of Dunedin
  • Mike Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, City of DeLand
  • Mayor John Gunter, City of Cape Coral
  • Commissioner TiAnna Hale, City of Winter Springs
  • Thomas Harmer , Town Manager, Town of Longboat Key
  • Mayor Janice Hart, Town of Havana
  • Mayor Pro Tem Shannon Hayes, City of Crestview
  • Council Member Janet Hernández, Village of Indiantown
  • Mike Herr, City Manager, City of Winter Haven
  • Mayor Heidi K. Herzberg, City of Deltona
  • Mayor Christine Hoffman, City of Jacksonville Beach
  • Council President Denise Horland, City of Plantation
  • Mayor Linda Hudson, City of Fort Pierce
  • Steven Hunnicutt, Code Enforcement Officer, City of Davenport
  • Commissioner Sabrina Javellana, City of Hallandale Beach
  • Commissioner Curtis Johnson, Jr., City of Fort Pierce
  • Steve Kennedy, City Manager, City of Green Cove Springs
  • Councilwoman NanDrycka King Albert, City of Midway
  • Mayor Brent Latham, North Bay Village
  • Lori LaVerriere, City Manager, City of Boynton Beach
  • Mayor Kenneth Lee, Town of Cross City
  • Council Member Jordan Leonard, Town of Bay Harbor Islands
  • Naomi Levi Garcia, Asst. City Attorney, City of Coral Gables
  • Shannon Lewis, City Manager, City of Melbourne
  • Vice Mayor Leo E. Longworth, City of Bartow
  • Commissioner Jill Luke, City of North Port
  • Mayor Jordan Marlowe, City of Newberry
  • Mayor Rob Marlowe, City of New Port Richey
  • Micah Maxwell, Asst. City Manager, City of Clearwater
  • Commissioner Bob Mayersohn, City of Parkland
  • Mayor Carol M. McCormack, Town of Palm Shores
  • Commissioner Debbie McDowell, City of North Port
  • Commissioner Joseph McMullen, Town of Oakland
  • Michael McNees, City Manager, City of Marco Island
  • Commissioner Michael Meier, City of Stuart
  • Judy Meyers, City Clerk, City of New Port Richey
  • Commissioner Mike Miller, City of Cocoa Beach
  • Mayor Nancy Miller, City of Daytona Beach Shores
  • Vice Mayor Dominick Montanaro, City of Satellite Beach
  • Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Mayor Janice D. Mortimer, City of Starke
  • Mayor Jesse L. Nelson, City of Lynn Haven
  • Council Member Dr. Joe Neunder, City of Venice
  • Councilmember Bernie Oder, City of Mary Esther
  • Vice Mayor Jim Olliver, City of Seminole
  • Mayor Frank Ortis, City of Pembroke Pines
  • Commissioner Tony Ortiz, City of Orlando
  • Mayor Karen Ostrand, Town of Ocean Breeze
  • Joseph P. Murphy, Town Manager, Town of Belleair
  • Mayor Lois Paritsky, Town of Ponce Inlet
  • Mayor Tyler Payne, City of Treasure Island
  • William C. Poe, Jr., City Manager, City of Zephyrhills
  • Vice Mayor Thomas B. Reid, City of South Pasadena
  • Councilmember Joanne Ribble, Village of Estero
  • Commissioner Jamie Robinson, City of Largo
  • Mayor Grover C. Robinson, IV, City of Pensacola
  • Council Member Cal Rolfson, City of Mount Dora
  • Ralph Rosado, Village Manager, North Bay Village
  • Mayor Greg Ross, City of Cooper City
  • Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach
  • Council Member Isaac Salver, Town of Bay Harbor Islands
  • Mayor Dan Saracki, City of Oldsmar
  • Council Member Bill Schaetzle, City of Niceville
  • William “Mac” Serda, Town Manager, Town of Hillsboro Beach
  • Commissioner Tom Shelly, Town of Belleair
  • Suzanne Sherman, City Manager, City of Palm Bay
  • Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, City of St. Augustine
  • Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons, City of Coral Springs
  • Mayor Scott Singer, City of Boca Raton
  • Mayor Holly D. Smith, City of Sanibel
  • Matt Spoor, City Manager, City of Safety Harbor
  • Councilor Trish Springer, City of Seminole
  • Mike Staffopoulos, City Manager, City of Jacksonville Beach
  • Council Member Susan Starkey, Town of Davie
  • Council Member Dr. Sarah Stoeckel, City of Titusville
  • Council Member Guyton Stone, Village of Indiantown
  • Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, City of Orlando
  • Commissioner Matthew Surrency, City of Hawthorne
  • Vice Mayor Jovante Teague, Town of Cross City
  • Christine M. Thrower-Skinner, Village Manager, Village of Golf
  • Jamie Titcomb, Town Manager, Town of Loxahatchee Groves
  • Ann Toney-Deal, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Seminole
  • Mayor Chris Via, City of Holly Hill
  • Vice Mayor Marlene Wagner, Town of Lake Hamilton
  • Commissioner Phillip Walker, City of Lakeland
  • Mayor Leslie Waters, City of Seminole
  • Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr., City of Okeechobee
  • Council Member Teresa Watkins Brown, City of Fort Myers
  • Council Member Judy Wertz-Strickland, City of Arcadia
  • Mayor JB Whitten, City of Crestview
  • Commissioner Beverly Williams, City of Lauderdale Lakes
  • Commissioner Rosemary Wilsen, City of Ocoee
  • Dawn Wright, City Clerk, City of Eagle Lake
  • Stefen Wynn, City Manager, City of Neptune Beach