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Mayor Robert F. Apgar recognized as Home Rule Hero

Mayor Robert F. Apgar has been recognized by the Florida League of Cities for the second consecutive year as a Home Rule Hero.

April 20, 2018

(DeLand, FL) – Mayor Robert F. Apgar has been recognized by the Florida League of Cities for the second consecutive year as a Home Rule Hero.

 Apgar was one of 89 city officials recognized by The Florida League of Cities for the 2018 Home Rule Hero Awards. These local government officials earned this prestigious award for their tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2018 legislative session. 

 “In an era of pre-emption by the Florida legislature, it is important that local leaders remind the legislators of home rule, that is the government closest to the people governs best,” said Mayor Apgar. “I believe that municipal elected officials should have the local freedom to decide what is best for our communities.  I and the other members of the DeLand City Commission have been advocates for DeLand’s right of self governance. I thank the Florida League of Cities for recognizing our efforts in addressing DeLand’s concerns and issues with certain legislation.”

 Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems through and by local decision makers with minimal state interference. 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.

 “These dedicated municipal officials are some of the Florida League of Cities’ biggest advocates for municipal issues,” said Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “Their efforts during the 2018 legislative session were extraordinary. The League and its legislative team are proud to recognize and thank them for their service.”

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