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Second year of recognition from the Florida League of Cities

For the second year in a row, St. Augustine City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline has been named one of Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) Home Rule Heroes. Sikes-Kline is among the more than 100 municipal officials from across Florida to be recognized for their tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda during the 2019 legislative session.

“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “These are some of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and they’re shining examples of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each and every one of them 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 to an issue. 

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities,” said Sikes-Kline. “Those pre-dawn hour drives to Tallahassee, and then the hours spent meeting one-on-one with legislators, sitting through committee hearings, and explaining our concerns with staff is part of the job of representing St. Augustine to the members of the Legislature. Of particular concern was retaining local control over vacation rentals and securing funding for West Augustine’s sewer expansion, and we did very well on both issues.”

Sikes-Kline has served as a city commissioner since 2008 including two years as vice mayor. In addition to being a commissioner, she currently serves on the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.