Martin County commissioners earn FAC Presidential Advocacy awards for advocacy efforts

Martin County Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding, and Doug Smith (not pictured), received The Presidential Advocacy Awards, given annually to those county commissioners from around the state that have shown exceptional leadership.

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented three Martin County commissioners with Presidential Advocacy awards during the 2014 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando.

Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding and Doug Smith were recognized for their advocacy on the federal level around Everglades Restoration. All three commissioners, representing Martin County in the County Coalition, travelled to Washington D.C. in October to discuss issues dealing with the health and welfare of our waterways with members of Congress and officials from federal agencies. The counties discussed solutions such as completion of the Indian River Lagoon-South and C-44 projects.

Commissioner Smith was also recognized for his advocacy of flood insurance issues, also on the federal level, which helped FAC convey to Congress why flood insurance reform was desperately needed. As a result of this advocacy, Florida’s flood insurance story was told and Congress ultimately passed legislation that will help many Floridians who were financially impacted by the old law. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed and signed into law by the President on March 21, 2014.

The Presidential Advocacy award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state that have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

For 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.


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