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Vice Mayor’s Update

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ongratulations to Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and Commissioner Robert McKinzie
(District III) on their election victories! Commissioner Dean Trantalis (District II) is
up for re-election on March 10. Commissioner Bruce Roberts (District I) and I ran

unopposed. I look forward to serving as your representative on the City Commission for
the next three years.

2015 State Legislative Priorities and Funding Requests– The Florida Legislature meets this
year from March 3 through May 1. The following list reflects the official position of the
City of Fort Lauderdale, regarding State of Florida issues and pending legislation 
that would impact the operation of local government. We endorse and support
legislation that will: 

• Permit municipal governments to make necessary changes to local law pension plans 

• Support expansion of passenger rail options 

• Promote improved water quality and quantity 

• Provide for local regulation of short-term rental properties and remove the state’s

preemption of local regulations on vacation rentals 

• Preserve and / or enhance municipal home rule 

• Support municipal government initiatives to curb homelessness 

• Enhance municipal participation in state environmental permitting processes 

• Encourage energy development and conservation and the development and

implementation of alternative energy sources 

• Clarify existing laws on community redevelopment agencies to further redevelopment

within established community redevelopment areas 

• Support the transfer of spending authority for the Tourism Development Tax to cities

based on tourism activity 

• Change the allocation of Florida Department of Emergency Management and Urban

Area Security Initiative funding to cities to be based on each city’s risk profile assessment 

• Enact Complete Streets Design Initiatives and legislation that will provide cities the

ability to regulate traffic flow within their city limits (i.e., setting speed limits and use of
stop signs for traffic calming) 

• Strengthen and expand environmental education, physical activity, and healthy

lifestyles for City youth, while ensuring they are as protected as possible while
participating in parks and recreation programs 

• Regulate anchoring of vessels in waterways adjacent to residential properties 

• Address repeat juvenile offenders and other juvenile justice issues 

• Create smoke-free zones on Fort Lauderdale beaches 

The City will also seek funding for various initiatives, including, but not limited to, crime
reduction, WAVE Streetcar development, flood prevention and hazard mitigation,
Riverwalk enhancement, a comprehensive homelessness strategy, promotion of the
marine industry, infrastructure improvements, beach renourishment, climate change and
sea level rise mitigation, transportation enhancements (pedestrian safety, greenways, and

Romney Rogers

District IV Commissioner

and Vice Mayor