The Florida League of Cities recognized two Destin officials for their efforts to advance the league’s Home Rule legislative agenda and preserve the quality of life in their cities.

Destin Mayor Scott Fischer and City Manager Carisse LeJeune were honored with the 2017 Home Rule Hero Award on July 20. They earned this award for protecting the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.

“This is not the first time Destin officials have won this award,” said Doug Rainer, the city’s spokesperson. “Most years at least one city official has gotten this type of award.”

Home Rule gives the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval.

“The government closest to the people can do the best job in creating regulations. it only makes sense for our cities to have the legislative flexibility to help our citizens,” said Fischer. “I applaud the Florida League of Cities for working to keep Home Rule in our state."

The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to legislative members and help give a local perspective to different issues cities face.

“We got this award for testifying to several legislative committees and lobbying for the Home Rule,” Fischer said. “At least at the areas Home Rule can do better to regulate cities.

“I'm always happy when you are recognized for your efforts,” he added.