Home Rule is Local decision-making. Self-government. Citizen-centered solutions.
The needs and wants of Weston are not the same needs and wants of Miami, or North Lauderdale, or Tampa, or Mount Dora. Local elected leaders are closest to the people. They are connected to the needs and better reflect the values of their respective community.
Home Rule is the flexibility to address the unique local needs and wants of the community with local solutions.
Since 1968, Floridians have recognized the need for cities to have Home Rule powers. It is included in our state's Constitution (Article VIII. Section 2(b)) and was implemented by the Legislature in 1973. This power gives each city the flexibility and authority to craft its laws specifically to its own unique needs. Councils and Commissions know their success often rests upon this authority to solve local issues. They do this with a balance of efficiency, effectiveness and innovation to create a city that residents are proud to call their hometown.
Home Rule is a cherished concept, supported by an overwhelming majority of Florida citizens. It is the foundation for local governments as they create fair, effective and responsive policies for their communities.
WHAT IS HOME RULE ? - City Government 101