Broward County, FL (June 21, 2021) – On June 18, 2021, the Broward League of Cities recognized the 15 municipal officials from Broward County who were each presented with a Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) 2021 Home Rule Hero Award. Each award recipient was selected for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2021 Legislative Session.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, this year’s award recipients have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty by energizing our advocacy efforts to protect Home Rule for our 31 municipalities,” said Beverly Williams, President of Broward League of Cities. “I urge all Broward County stakeholders to follow their lead and energize to strengthen Home Rule so our local elected officials can best serve their individual communities.”

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.

“The 2021 award recipients engaged with legislators, shared their stories and made their voices heard, and it made a difference,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “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.”

The 2021 Home Rule Hero Award recipients from the Broward County are:

  1. Commissioner Traci L. Callari, City of Hollywood
  2. Commissioner Joy Carter, City of Coral Springs
  3. City Clerk Elizabeth Garcia-Beckford, City of North Lauderdale
  4. Council Member Denise Horland, City of Plantation
  5. Commissioner Sabrina Javellana, City of Hallandale Beach
  6. Vice Mayor Bob Mayersohn, City of Parkland
  7. Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis, City of Fort Lauderdale
  8. Mayor Frank Ortis, City of Pembroke Pines
  9. Commissioner Gary Resnick, City of Wilton Manors
  10. Mayor Greg Ross, City of Cooper City
  11. Town Manager Mac Serda, Town of Hillsboro Beach
  12. Councilmember Susan Starkey, Town of Davie
  13. Assistant City Manager/CFO Darrel Thomas, City of Weston
  14. Mayor Becky Tooley, City of Coconut Creek
  15. Attorney Susan Trevarthen, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.

For more information on FLC’s Home Rule Hero Awards and to see the full list of 2021 recipients, click here.


Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities, which are formed and governed by their citizens. The League believes in “Local Voices Making Local Choices,” which focuses on the impact citizens and city leaders have in improving Florida’s communities. For more information, visit

Chartered in 1957, the Broward League of Cities is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities. The organization’s membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses. The League is committed to increasing awareness and providing resolution to issues that affect day-to-day operations of local government, including legislation at the county, state and federal levels.