HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The Florida League of Cities has recognized High Springs Commissioner Ross Ambrose with a 2021 Home Rule Hero Award for advocacy efforts during the 2021 Legislative Session.

“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, it’s my sincere honor to recognize this year’s award recipients and thank them for their service,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “These local officials went above and beyond during the 2021 Legislative Session.”

“They made an extraordinary effort, were actively engaged and highly effective in their advocacy efforts,” said Cook. “Even with all the various challenges present this year due to the pandemic, they stepped up. They engaged with legislators, shared their stories and made their voices heard, and it made a difference.”

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.

“I think it is important that citizens retain local control versus having Tallahassee design one-size fits all solutions,” said Ambrose. “Local representatives need to use our elected voice to speak up when issues impacting our ability to govern are challenged.”

Ambrose has been a resident of High Springs since 2001 and is currently the managing partner of AAA Porta Serve, providing portable sanitation services to North Central Florida. Before being elected in November 2020, he served on the High Springs Parks & Recreation Advisory Board for 18 years and has been involved in a number of community organizations.

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