Wilton Manors, Florida (April 11, 2018) – The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick with a 2018 Home Rule Hero Award. Mayor Resnick earned this prestigious honor for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda, as well as his steadfast protection of municipal home rule in Florida’s cities before and during the 2018 regular legislative session.
“Our Home Rule Heroes are prime examples of local advocacy in action,” said Tallahassee City Commissioner and Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “These dedicated city officials have continually developed relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that most concern their constituents back home. Their outspoken protection for home rule is an inspiration and model for municipal officials statewide.”
Home rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. 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.
“I am honored to have received the Home Rule Hero Award this year,” said Mayor Resnick, who also received the award in 2017. “I consider it my civic duty to advocate for the issues important to the success of local governments, especially Wilton Manors’ residents and businesses. Local governments are closest to the people and ultimately defend the issues that matter most to them.”
Mayor Resnick has served on the Wilton Manors City Commission since 1998. He serves as chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Federal Advocacy Committee, and on NLC’s Board of Directors and Legal Advisory Committee. Mayor Resnick is past president of the Broward League of Cities (BLC) and currently chairs the BLC Legislative Advocacy Committee and serves on the boards of the BLC and Florida League of Cities. He is also a shareholder and practicing attorney with GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law and chair of the firm’s communications broadband practice.