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Vice mayor, councilwoman receive Home Rule Hero award

By Staff | Apr 25, 2018

Mick Denham

Sanibel Vice Mayor Mick Denham and Councilwoman Holly D. Smith have been recognized by the Florida League of Cities for their efforts for pursuing the 2018 FLC Legislative agenda and helping to protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities.

They were both recognized by the league with the Home Rule Hero award. Denham previously received the award in 2012.

In a letter from FLC President Gil Ziffer, he spoke to their outspoken protection of municipal home rule. Denham and Smith attended the FLC Legislative Conference in December and participated in weekly conference calls throughout the 2018 Legislative session, staying current as bills were heard in committees, amended, tabled, and/or adopted.

In January, they traveled to Tallahassee on behalf of the city council, meeting with over 20 state legislators regarding water quality projects.

Denham is an advocate for local and state water quality and has worked with various local entities to achieve water quality improvements for Sanibel and the surrounding region. He has also served as the city’s liaison to Lee County and local municipalities working in concert to educate the public on water quality issues, particularly the use of fertilizer.

Holly Smith

Smith is also an advocate for water quality. In addition, she advocates for fair and equitable regulations of short-term rentals that do not dilute home rule, therefore protecting the quality of life in Sanibel neighborhoods, as well as in every city across the state.

Denham has served for many years on the FLC Utilities, Natural Resources & Public Works Legislative Policy Committee and served on city council since 2005. Denham currently serves as council’s liaison to the Metropolitian Planning Organization and as vice chair, the Regional Planning Council and the J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors, as well as secretary, for the District 11 Southwest Florida League of Cities.

Smith was appointed to city council in December, qualified as the only candidate in the March special election and was sworn in on April 3. She was appointed to the FLC Municipal Administration Legislative Policy Committee in March. Smith serves as council liaison to the Tourist Development Council, Sanibel Planning Commission and Contractor Review Board. She is also the liaison to the Sanibel Bicycle Club.