Sarasota, FL: – The City of Sarasota is pleased to announce that Mayor Willie Charles Shaw was recently honored by The Florida League of Cities for the second consecutive year with the 2016 Home Rule Hero Award in recognition of his outstanding advocacy for the protection of home rule powers and rights for the City of Sarasota’s constituents and citizens during the 2016 Legislative Session. “It is with the utmost honor and privilege to be acknowledged by The Florida League of Cities, along with such prestigious elected officials whom also serve with similar goals as legislative advocates for continuous protection of home rule rights to better serve our municipal constituents and valued citizens at-large throughout the State of Florida,” said City of Sarasota Mayor Shaw. Please click on hyperlink to watch message from Mayor Shaw.
Mayor Shaw earned the prestigious 2016 Home Rule Hero Award, along with nearly 70 other local government officials, including neighboring Bradenton Councilman Patrick Roff for their untiring commitment and support towards the efforts to protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities.
“Our Home Rule Heroes are the embodiment of local advocacy at its finest,” said Hawthorne Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Matt Surrency. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to build relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their communities. Thank you for all you do to help protect Home Rule and preserve the quality of life in your city.” Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The 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 to an issue, according to Capital Soup.
On behalf of the entire City Commission, Charter Officials, and 720 employees of the City of Sarasota, we salute and congratulate Mayor Willie Charles Shaw and the other local elected officials for being awarded the 2016 Home Rule Hero Award in recognition of their outstanding legislative advocacy for the protection of home rule powers and rights for citizens throughout the State of Florida.