Suncoast League of Cities Swears In 2017-2018 Officers
Tampa, FL. (June 6, 2017) – The Suncoast League of Cities has installed its newest group of officers for the 2017-2018 term. The swearing-in ceremony for the new officers was conducted by Susan Haynie, President of the Florida League of Cities, during the Suncoast League of Cities’ Annual Awards Dinner on May 20.
Heather Gracy, Commissioner of the City of Dunedin, accepted the position as President of the Suncoast League. Leslie Notaro (Mayor, City of Belleair Beach) was installed as 1st Vice President; Yolanda Roman (Commissioner, City of Gulfport) was installed as 2nd Vice President; and John Carroll (Commissioner, City of Largo) was installed as 3rd Vice President.
Commissioner Heather Gracy said, “I am honored to hold the position of President for the regionally based Suncoast League of Cities and look forward to leading this great organization and continuing its efforts to fight for legislation that serves the people and maintains Home Rule for our cities.”
The Suncoast League of Cities looks forward to a successful and productive year with its newest officers.
Waste Management, our February Featured Associate Member, is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Waste Management says that the best way to build a stronger company is to listen closely to what customers want and then deliver–so they invested in developing waste solutions for a changing world. Today, this includes not just disposal and recycling, but personal counseling to help customers achieve their green goals, including zero waste.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital, our April Featured Associate Member, is a full-service, emergency care facility specializing in stroke & surgical care in the St. Petersburg, FL area.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital opened more than forty years ago and has provided high-quality healthcare services for the people of St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas ever since. Over the years, the hospital has expanded to keep pace with community growth. Today the 307 bed hospital offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services along with specialty programs. Over 350 physicians, 700 employees and 200 volunteers share in the hospital’s dedication to advanced care, improved technologies and medical expertise.
Since 1923, Clearwater Gas System has provided clean, safe, reliable, economical gas service to the Florida Suncoast Community.
Clearwater Gas System is owned and operated as an enterprise utility by the City of Clearwater and operates over 800 miles of underground gas main and handles the supply and distribution of both Natural and Propane (LP) gas throughout northern Pinellas County and western Pasco County. As a "full service" gas utility, CGS provides gas appliance sales and service, construction and maintenance of underground gas mains and service lines, and 24 hour response to any gas emergency call within the service area. Clearwater Gas System is regulated for safety by the Florida Public Service Commission and the Federal Department of Transportation. CGS has been serving customers in the Clearwater area for over 75 years (since 1923) when operations were begun with a manufactured gas plant operation. In 1959, when natural gas transmission lines were extended to peninsular Florida, CGS discontinued the manufacturing of gas and began receiving piped natural gas from Florida Gas Transmission
Sunshine Commercial Brokerage provides solutions for corporate, small business and real estate investors.
Sunshine Commercial Brokerage works to know their clients' business climate and objectives, helping to find the most cost-effective solutions. They also help expand and relocate small businesses, assisting in the changing facts of their real estate needs. For real estate investors, they match Investors to 1031 Exchanges and Tenant in Common properties.
Barnhorn Financial is a full-service financial firm committed to helping people pursue their financial goals.
Barnhorn Financial offers a wide range of financial products and services to individuals and business owners, to identify goals, make educated decisions and reach them with sound financial information. They educate clients about the basic concepts of financial management; more about who they are; and gives fast, easy access to market performance data.
Getting the training and continuing education you need is easy!
You may be aware of the new state law requiring all elected municipal officers to receive four (4) hours of ethics-specific training.
This law went into on effect January 1, 2015, and no prior training will be counted. (If you were elected after January 1, 2015, you have one year from the date of your election to complete the training. For example, if elected March 10, 2015, you have until March 10, 2016, to complete the training). Training is required every year. Only training taken after January 1 and within the calendar year will count toward the requirement. FLC University will be providing both online and in-person courses to meet the requirement. There will be no charge to attend if the individual is an elected official of an FLC-member municipality. The law specifies that the four hours be taught with these components:
Two hours of Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes)
One hour of Open Meetings (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes)
One hour of Open Records (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes)
It will be the responsibility of the municipal officer (includes elected clerks, police chiefs) to keep records on the completion of these courses. If a person is elected for the first time in the first months of the year, they have until 2018 to complete the continuing education.
The Suncoast League of Cities will host Continuing Education in Ethics Training:
The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo is dedicated to preserving military history and providing education to the public of the many sacrifices made to protect our freedom.
The museum is committed, through its collections and outreach, to being a vital partner in the cultural life of the Tampa Bay and Central Florida communities and strives to achieve this goal through the highest professional standards in keeping with military traditions.
A partnership between USF and Nielsen, the Sunshine State Survey is a critical and influential source of citizen opinions on key issues facing Florida.
The economy, education, crime, immigration, and the environment identified as top five issues facing Florida Results of the 2015 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey underscore the fact that fashioning solutions to the state’s big problems is a challenge because of strong differences of opinion among the state’s diverse citizenry.
This year’s data releases focused on four topic clusters:
Data Release 1 (Important Issues, Outlook for Next 5 Years, Annual Report Card for Leaders) Oct. 5, 2015
Data Release 2 (Economy, Economic Development, Transportation, State and Local Finance) Oct. 12, 2015