Commissioner Fabiola Stuyvesant

Commissioner Fabiola Stuyvesant Honored with 2023 Home Rule Hero Award

City of Sunny Isles Beach official recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session

(Tuesday, May 16, 2023) – The Florida League of Cities (FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized City of Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Fabiola Stuyvesant with a 2023 Home Rule Hero Award for her hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session. Stuyvesant worked tirelessly throughout session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

“The League and its legislative team appreciate the individual advocacy efforts undertaken by municipal officials throughout the state,” said FLC Chief of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “Home Rule Heroes are some of our biggest advocates for protecting local decision-making. They are League members who stand out for their high level of participation, knowledge, and effectiveness. This year’s Home Rule Heroes continuously advocated for their communities throughout the 2023 Legislative Session.”

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. 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 on an issue.

Stuyvesant says, “It is a great honor to be recognized by the League, and I look forward to furthering our legislative priorities. When it comes to municipal home rule there is no substitute for victory.”

In addition to serving on the Florida League of Cities Advocacy Committee, Stuyvesant has served on the National League of Cities 2023 Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council, the National League of Cities Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), and the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Committee.

Stuyvesant traveled to Washington DC as part of the FLC Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) and for the Congressional City Conference, ensuring local voices are heard on Capitol Hill.

Throughout her tenure as a City of Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner, Stuyvesant has continued to advocate for our residents of all ages, addressing overcrowding at our local K-8 school and appealing to the State of Florida to include Sunny Isles Beach as part of the State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

Serving the residents of Sunny Isles Beach through her advocacy and action, Stuyvesant has more than earned her 2023 Home Rule Hero Award. She hopes to continue to protect the interests of cities by influencing federal policy, strengthening local leadership and driving innovative solutions.