State of the Cities
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Municipal Research and Innovation’s new State of the Cities report is now available for download! The State of the Cities report provides a comprehensive
look at the current status of our cities., featuring results from the 2012 CityStats Survey and trending information on Florida
cities and local government issues.
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E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Achievement Award
If your city has an elected official who has performed in an outstanding manner and has made an unusual and lasting contribution to the improvement of municipal government, and your city wishes to nominate him/her for this award, please fill out this form
and return it to the League by June 8, 2013.
VIVA Florida 500
Florida is turning 500 in 2013! The Florida League of Cities is a partner with the State of Florida in a celebration titled “VIVA Florida 500.” Cities will be highlighted in this 18-month commemoration by the launch of the “History Happened Here” campaign. This campaign will educate Florida residents and visitors about the rich history in Florida’s cities.
is a Florida League of Cities newsletter produced quarterly to provide your city with municipal pension stoires from around the state and country. The goal is to share ideas and examples of pension programs among Florida League of Cities' members. Click here
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President Maroño's Priority
During the Florida League of Cities 86th Annual Conference, Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Maroño was sworn in as the League’s 91st president by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In his installation speech, President Maroño announced his platform for the upcoming year. An excerpt of his speech follows.
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Putting Teeth in Municipal Liens
Source: Scott Paine
The current frustration with abandoned properties in the
foreclosure backlog is just one more frustration added to a long list. One of
the most intractable problems for cities is dealing with deteriorating housing
stock. The layers of property rights enjoyed by homeowners, largely with good
cause, make addressing owner-occupied residences much more about artful
invention than about code enforcement. Even dealing with investment properties
and absentee landlords is frustrating and legally cumbersome.
Sine Die - Legislative Session Recap
Source: Scott Dudley
Today, May 3rd, is day 60 of the 2013 regular session of the Florida Legislature (FINALLY). That also means it’s the last day of the Session. (Cue the Barry Manilow song “….LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT”!) The Legislature adjourned Sine Die at about 7:00 p.m. True to form, the House and Senate spent most of this week bouncing bills from one chamber to the other and staving off efforts to create legislative trains through the amendatory process.
Heat: Another Summer Killer
Source: Scott Blaser
Believe it: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “heat is the number one weather-related killer. On average, more than 1,500 people in the U.S. die each year from excessive heat. This number is greater than the 30-year mean annual number of deaths due to tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. In the 40-year period from 1936 through 1975, nearly 20,000 people were killed in the United States by the effects of heat and solar radiation.” It seems that we, in the deep south, can handle the heat better than our northern friends, but we usually don’t have as many loss of life cases because our buildings and homes are equipped with air-conditioning. This means when we are outside, we are just as susceptible to heat stress as anyone else.