City Leadership Receives Home Rule Hero Awards from Florida League of Cities


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3 Jacksonville Beach City Officials Honored with 2021 Home Rule Hero Awards
Mayor Chris Hoffman, Councilor Sandy Golding, and Manager Mike Staffopoulos recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2021 Legislative Session
CONTACT: Jacob Board
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Jacksonville Beach, FL – The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized Mayor Chris Hoffman, Councilor Sandy Golding, and Manager Mike Staffopoulos with 2021 Home Rule Hero Awards for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2021 Legislative Session. Each official worked tirelessly throughout session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

“These local officials went above and beyond during the 2021 Legislative Session,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “They made an extraordinary effort, were actively engaged and highly effective in their advocacy efforts. Even with all the various challenges present this year due to the pandemic, they stepped up. They engaged with legislators, shared their stories and made their voices heard, and it made a difference. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, it’s my sincere honor to recognize this year’s award recipients and thank them for their service.”

Home Rule is the ability for 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.

Councilor Golding says, “Each year, the state legislature considers preemption bills that threaten to take away our ability to make decisions locally – also known as Home Rule. So, it is important for our state legislators to hear from us and understand how their decisions impact our communities. This year, I was proud to advocate for Jacksonville Beach and I am honored to receive this Home Rule Hero recognition for a second year. There is still a lot of work to be done to and I am committed to continue to work with our legislators to ensure our Home Rule is protected! “




Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities, which are formed and governed by their citizens. The League believes in “Local Voices Making Local Choices,” which focuses on the impact citizens and city leaders have in improving Florida’s communities. For more information, visit flcities.com.

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