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Florida League of Mayors Roundtable – November 12, 2014

Have you made your reservation for the Mayors Roundtable? If not, there is still time to register!
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel Florida
 
League of Mayors Roundtable:
“What can mayors do to address the human needs in their cities?”
 
The ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) project report is the result of a study done in Florida by Rutgers University. It provides a lens into the large population of residents who work hard, have little or no savings, and are often one emergency from falling into financial crisis. The study provides county-by-county and town-level data and analysis of how households are struggling. Moderator: Lars Gilberts, Statewide Director of the ALICE Project
 
Learn how Florida stacks up with other states, and find out where your city ranks and what you can do to help.
 
The ALICE project is sponsored by the United Way of Broward County.
 
Contact Jenny Anderson TODAY at janderson@flcities.com to confirm your attendance.
 

Mayor's Means Business Summit - Are We Open for Business?

Mayors Mean Business Summit - May 15-16, 2014 - Orlando Marriott Lake Mary 
 
Part of the role of a mayor is to help create great cities where businesses can thrive and prosper, and where families can live. A high quality of life is what brings people to your community and keeps them invested, many for a lifetime.
The Mayors Mean Business Summit is an initiative sponsored by the Florida League of Mayors designed to highlight the important role of cities in economic development and jobs creation. The summit is a collaborative effort between mayors and local business leaders from their communities to promote the importance of business growth and investment at the local level.
 
Workshop topics and speakers are being finalized. The deadline to make your hotel reservation at the group rate is May 1. Sign up today to join your fellow mayors and business leaders at the fourth annual Mayors Mean Business Summit.
 
Why Should You Attend?
To get the latest on the new public-private partnership law, P3.
To learn what companies look for when locating to your city.
To meet and network with mayors and business leaders from all around the state.
Because it's free to Florida League of Mayors members!
 
Tentative Schedule:
May 15, 2014
Welcome Reception 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

May 16, 2014
Workshop I 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Workshop II 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Luncheon 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Workshop III 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
 
Please RSVP to Jenny Anderson at (850) 222-9684 or janderson@flcities.com. Contact her if you have any questions or special accommodations.

FLM Roundtable - Tough Choices: Shaping Florida's Future

HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF MAYORS ROUNDTABLE?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Tallahassee • Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Tough Choices: Shaping Florida's Future
 
In 2005, the LeRoy Collins Institute issued a report titled “Tough Choices: Shaping Florida's Future.” It warned that the state's revenue system was overly reliant on the booming housing market and rebuilding from hurricanes. The report documented that the need for services, well-qualified teachers, health care for children and the needy and exemplary higher education was pressing and likely to become more urgent. In a just-released study, “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future,” the institute revisited the 2005 report and found little progress since was published. In this presentation, Carol Weissert, Ph.D. will highlight findings from the 2014 report and what it means to Florida’s Future.
 
The roundtable will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from noon - 2:00 p.m. in Sittig Hall at the Florida League of Cities Tallahassee office (301 South Bronough Street). Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Jenny Anderson at (850) 222-9684 or janderson@flcities.com. Contact her if you have any questions or special accommodations.
 

The Florida League of Mayors’ Millennial Summit

Make Your Plans Now to attend The Florida League of Mayors’ Millennial Summit
World Center Marriott Hotel - Orlando, Florida
February 27 & 28, 2014
 
The Millennial Summit is for all mayors who want to learn more about how to involve and engage younger residents in their cities. Millennials are between the ages of 18-29. They are now considered the most important generation of our time. What are their interests? How do they view government and their local community? How can you get them involved in your city? Hear from experts, other elected officials and millennials as we learn to build the future of our cities by civically engaging this important demographic.
 
What are their interests? How do they view government and their local community? How can you get them involved in your city? Hear from experts, other elected officials and millennials as we learn to build the future of our cities by civically engaging this important demographic.
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. First General Session
10:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Second General Session
12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch - Keynote Speaker
 
 

“If I were elected Mayor . . .” Essay Contest

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .”
A required subject taught in all Florida public middle schools, civics education is vital to encouraging meaningful public participation. This contest is offered to all seventh-grade students in-public schools.
 
Entries must be postmarked by March 14, 2014. Essays will be judged by a committee comprised of members from of the Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors. Three statewide winners will be selected.
 
Winners will receive a joint resolution from the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities to be presented by their mayor at a council/commission meeting of their municipality’s choosing.
 
Prizes are as follows:
 
· The 1st place winner will receive a $100 gift card and a chance to be “mayor” for a day.
· The 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card.
· The 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card.
 
City officials are asked to encourage public school seventh graders in their area to participate in the essay contest. The contest also will be promoted on the Leagues’ social media platforms. We hope to generate positive news stories as a result of this statewide contest.
 
Please promote this contest by doing the following:
 
· Share the attached flyer with your school superintendent and middle school principals. Encourage them to share the contest information with their schools.
· Share the attached flyer with local seventh grade teachers and encourage them to share it with their students. Volunteer to visit a classroom as a guest speaker. Help students understand the benefits of living in a city, the services they receive from their city government, and the difference between local government and state government. Walk them through a day in the life of a mayor.
· Spread the word citywide about this contest (i.e. contact your local news media; make announcements at your commission meetings and during your various speaking engagements; and place an announcement in your cities newsletters, website, etc.)
 
2014 Essay Contest Entry Form: /Assets/Files/2014Entryform.pdf
 

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2012 Schedule of Events for the Florida League of Mayors (FLM) at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference

Schedule of Events for the Florida League of Mayors (FLM) at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference
 Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida
 August 22 – 23, 2012
 
Wednesday, August 22
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. - FLM Roundtable (Workshop)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – FLM Reception
 
Thursday, August 23
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – FLM Nominating Committee
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – FLM Business Meeting
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – FLM Board of Directors Meeting

Power Point Presentation from the Mayors Regional Roundtable held on May 19 in Sandestin, Florida.



Florida League of Mayors President Mayor Bill Brooks, City of Belle Isle on The Usual Suspects

On Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. our Florida League of Mayor’s President, Mayor Bill Brooks, City of Belle Isle, appeared on the television show The Usual Suspects to discuss the Mayors Mean Business Summit and other key municipal issues. This show aired in 38 counties in Florida. The Usual Suspects is one of Florida’s and South Georgia’s premier political talk shows.
 
Click in the link to view the show in two parts: The Usual Suspects 
 
 

Mayors Mean Business Summit

 Florida League of Mayors President Mayor Bill Brooks and Governor Rick Scott
 
Yesterday mayors from around the state came to Tallahassee to deliver a united message to the Legislature… “Mayors Mean Business”.
The Mayors Mean Business Summit provided an opportunity for mayors to come to Tallahassee and bring with them a key business leader to talk about the important role cities have in creating jobs and growing the economy.
 
The mayors and business leaders met with legislators, and heard from an array of speakers on this important subject.
 
The activities were kicked off with a networking reception. Mayors from large, medium and small cities interacted with business leaders and learned about the current state of affairs in cities and in private enterprise.
 
Mayors and business leaders spent the morning at the capitol meeting with legislators and talking about how government and the private sector are working together to help businesses prosper and build quality communities.
 
At lunch those in attendance heard from Florida Senate President, Mike Haridopolos who provided an update on the legislative session. Dr. Tony Villamil, a noted economist offered an outstanding presentation on the current economic condition of Florida, and talked about the need for cities to take the lead in strengthening our economy and creating new jobs.
 
Gray Swoope, the newly appointed President /CEO of Enterprise Florida talked about the necessary ingredients for successful economic development in our state and how cities can be at the forefront of this effort. They also heard from Barney Bishop, President/ CEO of Associated Industries of Florida who spoke about Florida’s new effort for economic growth and the partnerships needed to move the state forward.
 
The day was topped off with a visit to the Florida League of Cities headquarters by Florida Governor, Rick Scott who asked mayors and the business leaders to assist him as he leads the state by offering their thoughts and suggestions.
 
Thank you to all the mayors and business representatives that attended the Mayors Means Business Summit. Mayors brought a diverse make up of business from many of Florida’s largest employees to entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of Florida. Special thanks to Mayor Manny Marono, Mayor of the City of Sweetwater who was instrumental in making arrangements for the Governor to be with us.
 
  Senate President Mike Haridopolos
 
  Dr, Tony Villamil, Prinicipal Advisor, The Washington Economics Group (WEG)
 
  Gray Swoope, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc.
 
  Barney Bishop, President & CEO, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF)
 
  Governor Scott taking a question from Mayor Seevers, City of Destin
 
 

 

List of attendes for the Mayors Mean Business Summit for April 14, 2011
Mayors and other local officials
Florida League of Mayors President Bill Brooks; Mayor, City of Belle Isle
Bob Apgar, Mayor, City of Deland
David Archie,Mayor, City of Tarpon Springs
Linda Bartz,Vice Mayor, City of Port St. Lucie
Steven Bateman,Mayor, City of Homestead
Darell Bowen, Mayor, Village of Wellington
Gary Bruhn, Mayor, Town of Windermere
Frank Bruno, County Chair, Volusia County
Tim Caddell, Government Relations, City of Pinellas Park
Joann Faiella, Mayor, City of Port St. Lucie
BIll Conrad, Mayor, City of Newberry
Gow Fields, Mayor, City of Lakeland
Helen Franks, Mayor, City of Gretna
Lomax Harrelle, City Manger, City of Belle Glade
Mary Lou Hildreth, Mayor, City of Keystone Heights
Kelly Kirchner, Mayor, City of Sarasota
David Levy, Mayor, City of Palm Beach Gardens
John Maingot, Mayor, City of Longwood
John Marks, Mayor, City of Tallahassee
Manny Maroño, Mayor, City of Sweetwater
Michael Martin, Commissioner, City of Belle Glade
Carol McCormack, Mayor, Town of Palm Shores
Mary Frank Ogborn, Mayor, City of Archer
Frank Ortis, Mayor, City of Pembroke Pines
Kathleen Peters, Mayor, City of South Pasadena
Kurvin Qualls, Mayor, Town of Jay
Roxanna Ross, Mayor, Village of Biscayne Park
Howard Schieferdecker, Mayor, City of Maitland
Sam Seevers, Mayor, City of Destin
Colleen Skipper, Mayor, City of Sopchoppy
Buddy Snowden, Mayor, City of Lake Helen
Harley Strickland, Mayor, City of Orange City
Horace West, Mayor, City of Haines City
Charles Willis, Mayor, City of Midway
Steve Wilson, Mayor, City of Belle Glade
 
Business Leaders
Karen Allain, Vice President/Director of Government Relations, Alternative Energy Technologies
Brad Avery, Government Affairs, Wastepro
Sylvia Blackmon Roberts,President & CEO, Blackmon Roberts Group
Laura Boehmer,PAETEC, Florida
Missy Casscells-Hamby,Owner, Innovations Springs
Grant Castilow,Board Member, DwellGreen
Helen Cauthen, President & CEO, Team Volusia Economic Development Corp.
Elizabeth Clary, Owner, Clary's Bail Bond
Bob Clifford,President & CEO, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Priscilla Dames,President & CEO, Wingspan Seminars
Gregg Eaton, Siemens Industry, Energy & Environmental Solution
Steve Ellis, Board Member, DwellGreen, LLC
Tracy Faison, Regional Administrator, BSN, RN, Pediatric Health Choice
Ramon Ferrer, Area Manager, Florida Power & Light
Brian Flynn, President/CEO, IASIS Healthcare Corporation
Edward Fontanin, Wade Trim, VP Florida
Nicole Guemmer, Regional Director, PAETEC
Fletcher Hope, Manager, Maddox Foundry & Machine Works
Gary Kreisler, Siemens Industry, Energy & Environmental Solution
Tim Kuck, Owner, Regal Marine Industries
Damien Lamendola, President & CEO, WellDyneRx
Kyle Mastronardo, President, Nardo's Natural, Inc
Michael Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Publix
Shane Moody, President & CEO, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
Eric Olson, Chief Operating Officer, Wellington Regional Hospital
Larry Pelton, President, Economic Development Council of SLC
Phillip Plastic,CEO, Global Energy Services
Phil Procacci, CEO, Procacci Development Corp.
Bill Randolph, Business Development Director, JCR Consulting
Beth Rawlins, President, Florida Business Watch Hector Samario, Director, USGBC South FL Chapter, Siemens Industry, Inc.
John Wanamaker, Broker, Coldwell Banker Commercial

Mayors Mean Business

We are pleased to tell you about a new initiative called Mayors Mean Business, which is an effort that will highlight the important role cities have in economic development and jobs creation in our state. We are asking each mayor to invite a key business leader (or leaders) from your area to join you in Tallahassee to meet with members of your legislative delegation. The idea is to partner with our key business leaders to deliver our collective message of how business growth and investment starts at the local level, and to tell the legislators what we need from them to make that happen. We also have planned a networking reception, breakfast and lunch where the state’s top leaders will be invited. These events will take place April 13 & 14, 2011. Attached you will find a brochure with more information and how you can get involved. Please do so today! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Charles Thomas, jthomas@flcities.com, or Jenny Anderson, janderson@flcities.com or call (850) 222-9684.
 
 

Invitation from President Brooks to Mayors Mean Business

 

Florida League of Mayors' Legislative Day at the Capital - March 10, 2011

Florida League of Mayors Fly-In: Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors has scheduled a Tallahassee Fly-In for the 2012 Legislative Session. The Fly-In will be on January 12, 2012. The League has a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol for night of the Wednesday, January 11th. The room rate is $119.00 for the night. Please call (800) 228-9290 and ask for the Florida League of Mayors Jan 2012 Room Block for reservations. The Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle upon request, but you will have to these make arrangements with the hotel ahead of time. They also offer shuttle service to downtown/the capitol every hour at the top of the hour.
The tentative schedule of activities is as follows:
Thursday, January 12, 2012:    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Legislative Briefing
                                               10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Meetings at the Capitol
                        Please arrange meetings with your legislators before coming to Tallahassee.
Call me or Jenny Anderson at (800) 342-8112 if you have any questions or need assistance with travel information. We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!

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Florida League of Mayors' Legislative Day at the Capital - March 10, 2011

Message from President Brooks, City of Belle Isle           
(Left to Right) Mayor Blake, Cocoa; Senate President Haridoplos; Mayor McCormack, Palm Shores; FLM President Brooks, Belle Isle
On March 10, the Florida League of Mayors were in Tallahassee for their Legislative Fly-In for 2011. The Legislative Session officially kicked off Tuesday March 8. The Mayors participated in a legislative issue briefing by the FLC lobbying team to learn the latest major issues impacting cities this session. These issues included: TABOR, Assessment Caps, Pension Reform and more. After the briefing, the Mayors were off to meet with their legislators.
Thanks to all the mayors who took the time to come to Tallahassee.
The mayors in attendance were as follows:
Florida League of Mayors President Mayor Bill Brooks, Belle Isle
Florida League of Cities President Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach,
Mayor Carol McCormack, Palm Shores
Mayor Charles Willis, Midway
Mayor Colleen Skipper, Sopchoppy
Mayor Craig Lowe, Gainesville
Mayor Darell Bowen, Wellington
Mayor Desca DuBois, Lake Park
Mayor Don Slesnick, Coral Gables
Mayor Eric Jones, West Park
Mayor Helen Franks, Gretna
Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines
Mayor Frankie Burnett, Brooksville
Mayor Franklin Schuler, City of Bronson
Mayor Jeff Potter, Winter Haven
Mayor John Marks, Tallahassee
Mayor Kathleen Peters, South Pasadena
Mayor Manny Marono, Sweetwater
Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, Keystone Heights
Mayor Michael Blake, Cocoa
Mayor Mike Anderson, Fort Walton Beach
Mayor Mike Borno, Atlantic Beach
Mayor Myra Taylor, Opa-Locka
Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Palmetto Bay
Mayor Steven Bateman, Homestead
Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol during this year’s session. Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!
See you again April 13-14 for Mayors Mean Business Summit!
(left to Right)  FLM President Brooks, Belle Isle; Attorney General Bondi; Mayor Peters, South Pasadena
  Legislative Briefing
Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In April 21, 2010

The FLM Mayors met with Major General Burnette of the FL National Guard
On April 21, 2010 the Florida League of Mayors held its second Legislative Fly-In for the 2010 legislative session. The fly-in kicked off with an early morning legislative issue briefing from the League of Cities lobbying team on the major issues impacting cities this session. These issues included: TABOR, sovereign immunity, comprehensive public pension reform, red light cameras, issue campaign financing and restrictions on local government expenditures and many others. The mayors had the opportunity to voice their primary concerns about these issues to the lobbyists and ask questions regarding the current status of the bills.

Major General Douglas Burnett of the FL National Guard and Florida League of Mayors President Don Slesnick, Mayor, City of Coral Gables
During the legislative briefing, the Mayors had the opportunity to meet Major General Douglas Burnett, the adjutant general of Florida. General Burnett spoke with the Mayors about his responsibilities with the Florida National Guard, the importance of the relationship between cities and the National Guard, and his lifetime of service to Florida and the United States. It was an honor to listen to an important man in Florida’s history who has exemplified commitment to serving his state and country. After the morning briefing, the Mayors headed over the Capitol where they met with their local legislators and voiced the concerns of the cities.
The afternoon was filled with more meetings with legislators and bill sponsors where the Mayors were able to again stress the importance of homerule. The
Mayors were enthusiastic and passionate about the issues at hand and had a successful day representing Florida’s cities.

(Left to Right) Mayor Harry Nichols, City of Newberry, Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights, • Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville, and Mayor Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
The mayors in attendance were as follows:
• Florida League of Mayors President, Mayor Don Slesnick, City of Coral Gables
• Florida League of Mayors President-Elect, Mayor Bill Brooks, Cit y of Belle Isle
• Mayor Beth Talabisco, City of Tamarac
• Mayor Darell Bowen, Village of Wellington
• Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
• Mayor Gow Fields, City of Lakeland
• Mayor Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
• Mayor Harry Nichols, City of Newberry
• Mayor Jeff Potter, City of Winter Haven
• Mayor Kurvin Qualls, Town of Jay
• Mayor Manny Morono, City of Sweetwater
• Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
• Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
• Mayor Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach

Florida League of Mayors Legislative Briefing
• Mayor Mike Borno, City of Atlantic Beach
• Mayor Mort Levine, City of Juno Beach
• Mayor Oscar Alfonso, City of North Bay Village
• Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville
• Mayor Steven Bateman, City of Homestead
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Carol McCormack, Town of Palm Shores 

Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol during this year’s session.
Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!
Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In March 4, 2010

(Left to Right) FLM President & Mayor Slesnick, Coral Gables; Mayor Peters, South Pasadena; Mayor Bradley, Winter Park; Mayor Hildreth, Keystone Heights; Mayor Borno, Atlantic Beach; Mayor DuBois, Lake Park; Maky Michael Blake, Cocoa; Mayor Robaina, Hialeah, Mayor Anderson, Ft. Walton Beach; Mayor Kelley; Mayor Wagner; Mayor Levine, Juno Beach, Mayor Potter, Winter Haven
On March 4, 2010 the Florida League of Mayors held its first Legislative Fly-In for the 2010 legislative session. The fly-in kicked off with a morning legislative issue briefing from the League of Cities lobbying team on the major issues impacting cities this session.
These issues included: TABOR, comprehensive public pension reform, traffic enforcement and red light cameras, issue campaign financing and restrictions on local government expenditures, offshore drilling, unfunded mandates, and increased recycling. The mayors had the opportunity to voice their primary concerns about these issues to the lobbyists and ask questions regarding the current status of the bills addressing the issues.

(Left to Right) Senator Thad Altman and Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Windermere
After the morning briefing, the Mayors headed over to the Capitol where they met with their local legislators and voiced their concerns.
The afternoon was filled with more meetings with legislators and bill sponsors where the Mayors were able to again stress the importance of their issues. This group of Mayors was enthusiastic and passionate about their issues! They all had a successful day representing Florida’s cities.

FLM Legislative Briefing
The mayors in attendance were as follows:
• President Don Slesnick, Mayor, City of Coral Gables
• President-Elect Bill Brooks, Mayor, Belle Isle
• Mayor Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach
• Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
• Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Jeff Potter, City of Winter Haven
• Mayor Franklin Schuler, Town of Bronson
• Mayor Kurvin Qualls, Town of Jay
• Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
• Mayor Kenneth W. Bradley, City of Winter Park
• Mayor Joseph Kelley, City of Opa Locka
• Mayor Scott Brook, City of Coral Springs
• Mayor Marlene Wagner, Town of Lake Hamilton
• Mayor Mike Borno, City of Atlantic Beach
• Mayor Michael C. Wiggins, City of Pensacola
• Mayor Morton Levine, City of Juno Beach
• Mayor Julio Robaina, City of Hialeah
• Mayor Kathleen Peters, City of South Pasadena
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Kenneth Schultz, Town of Hypoluxo
• Mayor Eric Jones, City of West Park
Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol during this year’s session. Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!
Florida League of Mayors Annual Fly-In to Tallahassee April 28 & 29, 2009

Legislative Briefing
We would like to thank all of the mayors who joined us this year for the Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In. We had a great turnout with 13 mayors attending. The mayors met in the morning for a legislative briefing on key municipal issues including impact fees, foreclosures, and growth management.
After discussing these issues with our lobbyists, the mayors then met with their individual representatives and senators. In the afternoon, they were recognized on the House floor by Representative Anderson, and also on the Senate floor by Senator Garcia.

Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol as this years’ session comes to a close. Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!
Mayors in attendance:

Mayors on the move at the Capital
Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
Mayor Scott Brook, City of Coral Springs
Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Windermere
Mayor Kevin Burns, City of North Miami
Mayor Patricia Christensen, City of Port St. Lucie
Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville
Mayor Pam Iorio, City of Tampa
Mayor Eric Jones, City of West Park
Mayor Manny Marono, City of Sweetwater
Mayor Morgan McPherson, City of Key West
Mayor Frank Ortis, City of Pembroke Pines
Mayor Frank Schuler, Town of Bronson
Mayor Mike Wiggins, City of Pensacola 
Florida League of Mayors Legislative Fly-In March 4-5, 2009
On Thursday, March 5, 2009 the Florida League of Mayors held its first Legislative Fly–In for the 2009 Legislative Session.
Mayor Carol McCormack meeting with Representative Ritch Workman
Mayors in attendance were:
Florida League of Mayors President-Elect Don Slesnick, City of Coral Gables
Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach
Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
Carol McCormack, Town of Palm Shores
Morgan McPherson, City of Key West
Gene Wright and Commissioner Jim Catron, City of Madison
The Mayors received a legislative issue briefing from the Florida League of Cities lobbying team on affordable housing, tax reform, municipal pensions, public construction, and an update on the economic stimulus package, just to name a few.

Florida League of Mayors Meeting Dates for 2011

March 9 & 10 – Florida League of Mayors Fly-In
Tallahassee
 
March 18 - Florida League of Mayors Regional Roundtable
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
“Our Florida. Our Future. - Collins Center for Public Policy”
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
 
March 22 - Florida League of Mayors Roundtable
Tallahassee
“5th Annual Sunshine State Survey Results – LeRoy Collins Institute”
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
FLC Legislative Action Day
 
April 13 & 14 - Mayors Mean Business
Cities and Business partnering for a better Florida Tallahassee
 
April 29 – Florida League of Mayors Regional Roundtable
Lake Mary Marriott
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
 
 May 12 – Florida League of Mayors Pass the Buck Press Conference
Tentative
 
May 19 – Florida League of Mayors Regional Roundtable
NW Florida League of Cities Annual Conference
San Destin
 
August 10 – Florida League of Mayors Roundtable
Orlando World Center Marriott
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
FLC Annual Conference

Florida League of Mayors Fly-In: March 9-10, 2011

The Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors has scheduled the first Tallahassee Fly-In for the 2011 Legislative Session. The Fly-In will be March 9 & 10, 2011. The League has a block of rooms for the night of Wednesday, March 9 at the Hotel Duval on 415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida. The room rate is $139 per night. Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel toll free (866) 957-4001. The Deadline for making hotel reservations is Friday, February 25. Be sure to let them know that you're with the Florida League of Mayors.
 
See the flyer for more details.
 

Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In March 4, 2010


(Left to Right) FLM President & Mayor Slesnick, Coral Gables; Mayor Peters, South Pasadena; Mayor Bradley, Winter Park; Mayor Hildreth, Keystone Heights; Mayor Borno, Atlantic Beach; Mayor DuBois, Lake Park; Maky Michael Blake, Cocoa; Mayor Robaina, Hialeah, Mayor Anderson, Ft. Walton Beach; Mayor Kelley; Mayor Wagner; Mayor Levine, Juno Beach, Mayor Potter, Winter Haven
On March 4, 2010 the Florida League of Mayors held its first Legislative Fly-In for the 2010 legislative session. The fly-in kicked off with a morning legislative issue briefing from the League of Cities lobbying team on the major issues impacting cities this session.
 
These issues included: TABOR, comprehensive public pension reform, traffic enforcement and red light cameras, issue campaign financing and restrictions on local government expenditures, offshore drilling, unfunded mandates, and increased recycling. The mayors had the opportunity to voice their primary concerns about these issues to the lobbyists and ask questions regarding the current status of the bills addressing the issues.

(Left to Right) Senator Thad Altman and Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Windermere
 
After the morning briefing, the Mayors headed over to the Capitol where they met with their local legislators and voiced their concerns.
 
The afternoon was filled with more meetings with legislators and bill sponsors where the Mayors were able to again stress the importance of their issues. This group of Mayors was enthusiastic and passionate about their issues! They all had a successful day representing Florida’s cities.
 

FLM Legislative Briefing
The mayors in attendance were as follows:
 
• President Don Slesnick, Mayor, City of Coral Gables
• President-Elect Bill Brooks, Mayor, Belle Isle
• Mayor Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach
• Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
• Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Jeff Potter, City of Winter Haven
• Mayor Franklin Schuler, Town of Bronson
• Mayor Kurvin Qualls, Town of Jay
• Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
• Mayor Kenneth W. Bradley, City of Winter Park
• Mayor Joseph Kelley, City of Opa Locka
• Mayor Scott Brook, City of Coral Springs
• Mayor Marlene Wagner, Town of Lake Hamilton
• Mayor Mike Borno, City of Atlantic Beach
• Mayor Michael C. Wiggins, City of Pensacola
• Mayor Morton Levine, City of Juno Beach
• Mayor Julio Robaina, City of Hialeah
• Mayor Kathleen Peters, City of South Pasadena
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Kenneth Schultz, Town of Hypoluxo
• Mayor Eric Jones, City of West Park
 
Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol during this year’s session. Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!

Legislative Update: Mayors Rally at Capitol


Stop Passing the Buck
Florida Mayors Launch Campaign to Tell Tallahassee to “Stop Passing the Buck” New initiative to protect local property taxpayers from Tallahasse e’s backdoor taxes
   

(Left to Right) Mayor Scott Brook, Coral Springs; Mayor Desca Dubois, Town of Lake Park; FLM President Don Slensnick, City of Coral Gables
 
The Florida League of Mayors launched a new initiative to protect local property taxpayers and citizens’ rights to local self-government.  
 
 
Over the years, lawmakers in Tallahassee have passed hundreds of rules, requirements and rigid regulations dictating
how local tax dollars must be spent, steadily chipping away at principles of smaller government and citizens’ rights to local self-determination. 
 

Mayors Fly- In Legislative Briefing
The Mayors’ campaign will put the Florida Legislature on notice that they must “Stop Passing the Buck” to local citizens when it comes to paying for state programs – a practice that degrades the freedom of local citizens to govern their own affairs.  
 
Mayors representing the following municipalities are currently in Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers during the Legislative Session: Winter Haven, Coral Gables, Bronson, Windermere, Opa-Locka, Winter Park, Town of Jay, Town of Lake Hamilton, Keystone Heights, Cocoa, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Atlantic Beach, Juno Beach, Coral Springs, Alachua, West Park, South Pasadena, Hypoluxo, Lynn Haven, and Hialeah.
 
 
 
 
 

Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In April 21, 2010


The FLM Mayors met with Major General Burnette of the FL National Guard
On April 21, 2010 the Florida League of Mayors held its second Legislative Fly-In for the 2010 legislative session. The fly-in kicked off with an early morning legislative issue briefing from the League of Cities lobbying team on the major issues impacting cities this session. These issues included: TABOR, sovereign immunity, comprehensive public pension reform, red light cameras, issue campaign financing and restrictions on local government expenditures and many others. The mayors had the opportunity to voice their primary concerns about these issues to the lobbyists and ask questions regarding the current status of the bills.
 

Major General Douglas Burnett of the FL National Guard and Florida League of Mayors President Don Slesnick, Mayor, City of Coral Gables
During the legislative briefing, the Mayors had the opportunity to meet Major General Douglas Burnett, the adjutant general of Florida. General Burnett spoke with the Mayors about his responsibilities with the Florida National Guard, the importance of the relationship between cities and the National Guard, and his lifetime of service to Florida and the United States. It was an honor to listen to an important man in Florida’s history who has exemplified commitment to serving his state and country. After the morning briefing, the Mayors headed over the Capitol where they met with their local legislators and voiced the concerns of the cities.
 
The afternoon was filled with more meetings with legislators and bill sponsors where the Mayors were able to again stress the importance of homerule. The
Mayors were enthusiastic and passionate about the issues at hand and had a successful day representing Florida’s cities.
 

(Left to Right) Mayor Harry Nichols, City of Newberry, Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights, • Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville, and Mayor Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
The mayors in attendance were as follows:
 
• Florida League of Mayors President, Mayor Don Slesnick, City of Coral Gables
• Florida League of Mayors President-Elect, Mayor Bill Brooks, Cit y of Belle Isle
• Mayor Beth Talabisco, City of Tamarac
• Mayor Darell Bowen, Village of Wellington
• Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
• Mayor Gow Fields, City of Lakeland
• Mayor Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
• Mayor Harry Nichols, City of Newberry
• Mayor Jeff Potter, City of Winter Haven
• Mayor Kurvin Qualls, Town of Jay
• Mayor Manny Morono, City of Sweetwater
• Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
• Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
• Mayor Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach

Florida League of Mayors Legislative Briefing
• Mayor Mike Borno, City of Atlantic Beach
• Mayor Mort Levine, City of Juno Beach
• Mayor Oscar Alfonso, City of North Bay Village
• Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville
• Mayor Steven Bateman, City of Homestead
• Mayor Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
• Mayor Carol McCormack, Town of Palm Shores 

Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol during this year’s session. 
 
Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!

Florida League of Mayors Roundtable: November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel
 
The State of Our Economy: Is It Over Yet?
 
This interactive and lively discussion focused on the state of our economy and where we go from here.
 
Speakers:
  • Dr. David E. Altig, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta
  • Dr. James A. Zingale, Public Consultant, the Capitol Hill Group and Contract Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

 

Florida League of Mayors Strategic Planning Meeting: September 11 & 12, 2009

The Board met on September 11 & 12 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. With the help of a facilitator, we developed goals and objectives for this year.
 

President Don Slesnick , Coral Gables and Mayor Shirley Gibson, Miami Gardens
Purpose:
• To leverage the collective influence of the Florida League of Mayors to impact important statewide issues
• To increase mayoral effectiveness through:
      ° Promoting exchange of best practices
      ° Skill Building of mayors, and
      ° Taking advantage of the shared, unique experiences that come with being a mayor
 
Goal for 2009-2010:
• Identify and impact an important issue
• Develop a proactive legislative agenda
• Transport educational programming to various regions of the state – take the learning opportunities to the mayors where they live
• Increase membership of the Florida League of Mayors
 
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Florida League of Mayors Annual Fly-In to Tallahassee April 28 & 29, 2009


Legislative Briefing
We would like to thank all of the mayors who joined us this year for the Florida League of Mayors’ Fly-In. We had a great turnout with 13 mayors attending. The mayors met in the morning for a legislative briefing on key municipal issues including impact fees, foreclosures, and growth management.
 
After discussing these issues with our lobbyists, the mayors then met with their individual representatives and senators. In the afternoon, they were recognized on the House floor by Representative Anderson, and also on the Senate floor by Senator Garcia.

Mayors, we cannot stress enough the impact of your presence here in the capitol as this years’ session comes to a close. Thank you for your time spent here to speak on behalf of the cities!
 
Mayors in attendance:

Mayors on the move at the Capital
 
Mayor Michael Blake, City of Cocoa
Mayor Scott Brook, City of Coral Springs
Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town of Windermere
Mayor Kevin Burns, City of North Miami
Mayor Patricia Christensen, City of Port St. Lucie
Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville
Mayor Pam Iorio, City of Tampa
Mayor Eric Jones, City of West Park
Mayor Manny Marono, City of Sweetwater
Mayor Morgan McPherson, City of Key West
Mayor Frank Ortis, City of Pembroke Pines
Mayor Frank Schuler, Town of Bronson
Mayor Mike Wiggins, City of Pensacola
 
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Mayor Hanrahan speaking on behalf of the challenges that mayors and cities face (video): March 25, 2009

The Florida League of Cities Legislative Action Day gives mayors and other elected officials from around the state an opportunity to lobby their legislators at the capitol to ensure our municipal issues are heard. The Florida League of Mayors, led by FLM president Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor, Gainesville met in Tallahassee during Legislative Action Day to lobby lawmakers on a number of key issues, ranging from police and fire pension plans to tax cap legislation. In the following clip Mayor Hanrahan discusses the challenges that mayors and their cities face today.
 
 
 

 


Florida League of Mayors’ Roundtable: March 25, 2009

Steve Bousquet & Mike Vasilinda
On March 25, 2009, as part of Florida League of Cities Legislative Action Day, the Florida League of Mayors had a roundtable luncheon featuring a discussion with St. Petersburg Times’ Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet and Capitol News Service bureau chief Mike Vasilinda.
 
They discussed the differences between state and local governments, including the different applications of the Sunshine Law, the higher level of accountability at the municipal level, and how they see the 2009 legislative session playing out the last four weeks.  
 
The reporters took questions from the Mayors on different issues involving legislative leadership, the changing FLM Speakers and Attendees role of the media and newspaper industry, and if there was anything that the Mayors thought the Capitol press corps were missing in coverage.   
 

 FLM Speakers and Attendees

Mayors in attendance also discussed their experiences meeting with their respective legislative delegations in the morning. Mayor Gary Resnick, City of Wilton Manors got to have a lengthy meeting with Senate President Atwater, bringing several bills that are of importance to municipalities to the President’s attention. Several other Mayors also talked about the impact they had in discussions with members of their local legislative delegations.

Florida League of Mayors Legislative Fly-In March 4-5, 2009

On Thursday, March 5, 2009 the Florida League of Mayors held its first Legislative Fly–In for the 2009 Legislative Session.
 
Mayor Carol McCormack meeting with Representative Ritch Workman
Mayors in attendance were:
 
Florida League of Mayors President-Elect Don Slesnick, City of Coral Gables
Mike Anderson, City of Fort Walton Beach
Gary Bruhn, Town of Winderemere
Harry Goode, City of Melbourne
Mary Lou Hildreth, City of Keystone Heights
Walter Kelley, City of Lynn Haven
Carol McCormack, Town of Palm Shores
Morgan McPherson, City of Key West
Gene Wright and Commissioner Jim Catron, City of Madison
 
The Mayors received a legislative issue briefing from the Florida League of Cities lobbying team on affordable housing, tax reform, municipal pensions, public construction, and an update on the economic stimulus package, just to name a few.