Florida League of Cities Names Commissioner Joy Carter 2021 Home Rule Hero

Joy Carter

Commissioner Joy Carter

By Sharon Aron Baron

After working tirelessly throughout the 2021 Legislative session to promote local voices, making local choices, and protecting the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities, the Florida League of Cities recognized Commissioner Joy Carter as a Home Rule Hero.

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. 

The 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.

“These local officials went above and beyond during the 2021 Legislative Session,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. 

She added they made an extraordinary effort, were actively engaged and highly effective in their advocacy efforts. Even with all the various challenges present this year due to the pandemic, they stepped up. 

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They engaged with legislators, shared their stories, and made their voices heard, and it made a difference. 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.”

Commissioner Carter was elected in November 2014 and re-elected in November 2020. She has been a resident of Coral Springs since 1985. She has over 36 years of community service and volunteer support for multiple organizations. 

In 1985, she began her career in real estate, working for the city’s main developer, Coral Ridge Properties, for 11 years. During that time, she also served as a volunteer for the Economic Development Foundation. 

In 2003, Commissioner Carter became Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, and she later served as Chair of Chamber Trustee for seven years. She has received many accolades for her involvement in the Chamber and the real estate organizations she has worked with. She has also served on many City Committees over the years, including the city’s 50th Anniversary, September 11th 5K, Customer Involved Government, and Youth and Family.

“As a municipal official, it’s my responsibility to protect Home Rule powers for the constituents of Coral Springs,” said Commissioner Carter. “Advocating and vocalizing how important it is for cities to address resident concerns and find solutions with minimal state interference is an issue that could not be ignored, and I will continue to promote.”

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