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Mayor Ruane honored with 2017 Home Rule Hero Award

By Staff | Jun 26, 2017

The Florida League of Cities is recognizing Mayor Kevin Ruane with a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award. Ruane earned this prestigious award for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.

“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to cultivate relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their constituents back home. Thank you for all you do to help protect Home Rule and preserve the quality of life in your city.”

Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – both elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.

Ruane was appointed to the Sanibel City Council to serve an interim position for a vacant seat in February 2007. In May 2007, he successfully ran for a permanent position on Sanibel City Council. He was re-elected in March 2009 and appointed by his peers as vice mayor for 2009-2010. In March 2010 Mr. Ruane was appointed by his peers as mayor. He was once again re-elected to City Council in 2013 and is currently serving his eighth consecutive term as mayor.

Ruane serves on the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund (FMPTF) and the Florida Municipal Loan Council (FMLC). Ruane is also a current board member of the Florida League of Mayors, a voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities, serves on the Nominating Committee for the Florida League of Mayors and is the liaison for Lee County Mayors.

Ruane was appointed to the Florida Municipal Insurance Investment Trust Committee (FMIvT) in 2010 and served as chair from 2011 to 2016. Mayor Ruane has also served on the Florida League of Cities (FLC) Legislative Policy Committee and the Resolutions Committee. He has also served as a board member of the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) from January 2010 to 2016 and as Chairman of the FMIT from 2011 to 2016. In 2014, Mayor Ruane was appointed by Governor Scott to serve on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.

Mayor Ruane was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by Committee of the Islands (COTI) and chosen the 2016 Hometown Hero by Boy Scout Pack 1740. He was also the 2016 recipient of the National Everglades Coalition James D. Webb award.

Upon receiving notice of being the recipient of the 2017 Home Rule Hero Award Mayor Ruane stated, “I consider the opportunity to represent the citizens of Sanibel before our state legislators an honor and a privilege. Our top three priorities in Tallahassee are water quality, water quality, and water quality. Even though we are a small town we do not shirk from large challenges. This recognition is appreciated, but our work is not yet done in this arena.”