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Commissioner Sikes-Kline and City Manager Regan recognized for legislative efforts

Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline and City Manager John ReganA St. Augustine city commissioner and its city manager are among the 89 city officials from across the state who are recipients of the 2018 Home Rule Hero Awards by the Florida League of Cities (FLC).

City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline and City Manager John Regan were recognized for their “tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2018 legislative session,” according to the FLC.

 "These dedicated municipal officials are some of the Florida League of Cities’ biggest advocates for municipal issues,” said Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “Their efforts during the 2018 legislative session were extraordinary. The League and its legislative team are proud to recognize and thank them for their service.”

"I take great honor and pride to be unexpectedly recognized as a Home Rule Hero.  I am fortunate to be able to represent our community."  said Sikes Kline.

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems through and by local decision makers with minimal state interference. 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.

“Taking time to drive to Tallahassee and meet with officials on behalf of the interests of St. Augustine is an important responsibility Commissioners and staff share,” said Regan. “By being persistent and offering clear and factual information, legislators and state officials have been responsive to the city’s needs in many areas.”  One major success among others was $400,000 for the West 5th Street sewer project.

During the legislative session, Sikes-Kline and Regan met with members of the Senate and House of Representatives and staff from several governmental agencies including the Office of the Governor during several trips to Tallahassee seeking support for the legislative priorities identified by the City Commission. In addition to the home rule issue, support was sought for Davis Shores Flood Mitigation, funding for stormwater work in the area of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, and extension of sanitary sewer service along West 5th St. in West Augustine.