St. Joe commissioner receives Home Rule Hero award

Port St. Joe City Commissioner David Ashbrook  was recently recognized with a Florida League of Cities’  2022 Home Rule Hero award.

The award recognizes municipal government officials’ advocay work to promote local voices and issues during the 2022 state legislative session, which ended on March 14.

“Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference,” worte the FLOC in a press release. “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.”

This is Ashbrook’s second time winning the award, winning one for his work during the 2021 legislative session.

“Passing ordinances and making decisions in our city is not enough. We need to protect our right to be able to do so,” said Ashbrook. “Tallahassee must understand that local elected officials are more attune to the needs of their constituents and should be allowed to continue governing on a local level without state interference.” 


Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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