Alachua City Press Release
the Florida Towns League (FLC), celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice of Florida municipal governments, recently presented Alachua City Mayor Gib Coerper with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for his hard work and advocacy efforts during of the 2022 legislative session. Coerper worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we are very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of civic leaders,” said Casey Cook, FLC Director of Legislative Affairs. “We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local authorities on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local leaders have been consistently engaged and actively defending their communities throughout the 2022 legislative session. They are Home Rule heroes, and we thank them for their efforts.
Autonomy is the ability of a city to solve local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, elected and unelected, who have always responded to the League’s request to contact members of the legislature and help provide a local perspective on an issue.
“I am very honored to have been selected for this honor,” Coerper said. “I’ve always believed that the government closest to its community should be the one that makes decisions based on that community’s best interests, and Home Rule allows municipalities like Alachua to do just that.”