The City of New Port Richey is proud to announce that the Florida League of Cities recently recognized Mayor Rob Marlowe and City Clerk Judy Meyers with their 2022 Home Rule Hero Award. Mayor Marlowe and City Clerk Meyers 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 2022 Legislative Session. This is the fourth time that Mayor Marlowe has received this award and the second for City Clerk Meyers.
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.”
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.
Mayor Marlowe stated, “I am honored to be recognized again this year for advocating on behalf of our residents the importance of Home Rule. I have always been a champion of the concept of Home Rule. The best decisions made that will directly impact the quality of life for our residents should be made by those who are closest to the people.” City Clerk Meyers followed by stating that, “Home Rule powers are an important tool for local government as it allows for municipalities to make the decisions necessary to govern accordingly in order to meet the needs of their residents.”
Mayor Marlowe and City Clerk Meyers received their awards at the Suncoast League of Cities meeting on April 22, 2022 in Clearwater.