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Award Programs


The Florida League of Cities is proud to honor municipal officials with awards programs recognizing outstanding individual achievement, dedicated years of service, and innovative city initiatives and youth council programs.

View the award categories below to learn more and view lists of previous award recipients. 

E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Achievement Award 

The League’s most prestigious award was established by official action of the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities in 1978 and has been awarded annually to the outstanding city official who has been selected as a recipient of the "Municipal Official Lifetime Achievement Award." Click here to view a list of past recipients.

This award was named for Supreme Court Justice E. Harris Drew, the man who coined the term: Local self-government, the keystone of American democracy. Appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court while serving as the League’s first vice president, he remained an advocate of local government throughout his career.

All elected municipal officials are eligible for this award, which is presented during the League’s annual conference. For additional information, contact Penny Mitchell at pmitchell@flcities.com.

Mayor John Land Years of Service Awards 


Named in honor of long-time Apopka Mayor John Land who served his city for more than 60 years, this award honors elected municipal officials for their extensive years of dedicated public service.

The League honors the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 years of service milestones. Awards are presented annually by League ambassadors, typically during city council or commission meetings. 

Contact Eryn Russell for additional information. 

Florida Municipal Achievement Awards 


Begun in 2009, the Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program provides Florida’s cities with an opportunity to receive recognition for superior and innovative efforts in three categories: City Spirit Award, Florida Citizenship Award, and Environmental Stewardship Award.

Information about the 2021 Florida Municipal Achievement Awards will be available in January. The 2020 brochure can be viewed here. Click here to view a Quality Cities article with tips from past judges and additional information about the program.

  • The City Spirit Award recognizes a single, specific citywide effort to successfully address a local need.
  • The Florida Citizenship Award focuses on city projects or programs that build stronger, more participatory residents.
  • The Environmental Stewardship Award focuses on city programs that promote conservation, improve and protect environmental conditions, and/or provide environmental education and outreach programs within a city. 

Click here to view all recipients of this award. Contact Sharon Berrian or Eryn Russell with any questions.