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                                                                            Volume 12  |  Issue 5  |  May/June/July 2023

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                              nder Florida’s Constitution, municipalities are
                              corporations vested with broad governmental   
                        Uand proprietary powers. Each city has a
                        charter pointing out its scope of services and detailing   Text Copyright 2023 all rights reserved.
                        its elections.                                   No part of this publication may be reproduced in any
                          The details of this are found in policies,
                        administrative codes and ordinances. Florida since   form by any electronic or mechanical means without
                        1968 has recognized the need for cities to have Home   permission from the publisher. Life in Naples regrets that
                        Rule powers. This is included in the constitution   no responsibility can be accepted for unsolicited material.
        (Article VIII, Section 2 (b) and ratified in 1973. This gives each city the   Opinions expressed by contributors or advertisers are not
        flexibility to make its laws specifically to its own needs. This right means   necessarily those of the publisher.
        the city can adopt its laws so long as the law doesn’t conflict with state or
        federal law.
           Cities in Florida are not “of ” the State, but “in” the State:
        an important distinction between municipal authority and other local
        governments. Cities were created for services and self-determination.
        Self-determination is the ability to make local decisions locally. Cities are   publisher  reg buxton
        citizen driven representative democracies with citizen engagement, citizen
        input and citizen leadership.
           Florida’s Legislature has been active on the preemption front. Some   account executive  colette m. beringer
        critics, including this writer, say that many of the preemption efforts                312.315.9549
        place financial gain above community and are driven by corporate efforts.
        Where you plant or can plant a tree will fall under this type of scrutiny.
        Such areas include vacation rentals, developers, writing rules for taking
        down trees, eliminate local CRAs and how local governments can spend   contributing writers  bill barnett
        their tax dollars. Everyone needs to make themselves aware of the battle               sandra lee buxton
        going on between Cities and the State legislature.                                     diana jarrett
           The above was written and ran in our February 2022 issue.                           lois bolin
        What if anything has changed?                                                          jeff lytle
           Today, April 20, 2023, Home Rule continues to be endangered.                        claudia polzin
        You must act now or forever lose your rights to self-govern. We now                    paula allia
        have a minimum of 10 new bills working their way through the current                   tina osceola
        legislature all concerning taking Home Rule away from our Cities and
           All these bills will take our right to govern ourselves away and give   graphic design  YB Design Studio
        them to the State. Call your local representatives and senators and tell
        them to vote NO!!!  They have always voted for taking Home Rule away
        from us. Call now before you wake up one day and find you have no
        control over how your City or County is governed.
           Talk to your local legislator, be it House or Senate.                                  Life in Naples Magazine
           Now is the time to express your feelings and perspective.                                is now a Community
           Representative Bob Rommel : 239.417.6200                                                   Partner of the
           Representative Lauren Melo : 239.417.6270
           Senator Kathleen Passidomo : 239.417.6205

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