Councilwoman & Deputy City Attorney named Home Rule Heroes
The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo and Deputy City Attorney Ella Gilbert with a 2019 Home Rule Hero Award. They both earned this prestigious award for their tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda during the 2019 legislative session.
“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “These are some of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and they’re shining examples of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each and every one of them and thank them for their service.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. 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.
This is the second year in a row that Councilwoman Caraballo received this honor. In addition, the Florida League of Cities on May 16 appointed Councilwoman Caraballo as the chair for its 2019-2020 Land Use & Economic Development Committee. This committee addresses policies specific to municipal concerns with community redevelopment, economic development, growth management and land use planning issues, annexation, eminent domain, tort liability and property rights.