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The City of St. Augustine’s Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline has been selected by the Florida League of Cities (FLC) for the fifth consecutive year as a Home Rule Hero for her hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session. Sikes-Kline worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protecting the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities, and advancing the League’s legislative agenda.
The Florida League of Cities (FLC), celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recognizes individuals throughout Florida every year for their efforts during the annual legislative session.
“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.
“I am humbled by this honor and consider it a privilege to represent the residents and businesses in the City of St. Augustine,” said Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline. “In order to properly serve our community, we, as local representatives and leaders in our communities, need to be able to address and solve issues that are unique to our city. I believe in Home Rule because it allows us to do just that.”
City Manager John Regan commented, “Vice Mayor Sikes-Kline has been recognized with this award every year since 2018 and it is well-deserved. We are fortunate to have someone so committed to fighting for us and for being our voice in Tallahassee.” In years past, Regan and Mayor Tracy Upchurch also have been named Home Rule Heroes.
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