The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Santa Rosa County Commissioner Robert "Bob" Cole with the Presidential Advocacy Award for his work during the 2021 Legislative Session at its recent annual conference in Orange County, Florida. "It is my honor to accept this not just on my behalf, but also the Santa Rosa County board members that I serve with," said Vice Chairman and District 2 Commissioner Robert "Bob" Cole. “To be recognized by FAC and the other commissioners that serve the 67 counties of our state is overwhelming. I am proud to serve with each of them."
The FAC Presidential Advocacy Award recognizes county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2021 session to advance counties’ legislative agenda and preserve home rule.Commissioner Cole goes on to say, "The advancement of our state and each county is the number one priority for us all. We serve at the pleasure of the citizens that have elected us. I will continue to work each day with the board, FAC, National Association of Counties (NACo) and every board that falls under my tenure."“Every day, our commissioners work hard to tackle complex challenges and respond to the unique needs of their local area,” said FAC President and Palm Beach County Commissioner, Melissa McKinlay. “Their consistent drive and dedication for their constituents is the reason we’re able to sustain our communities, and those that take the extra mile to advance the counties’ legislative agenda play a leading role in improving quality of life for all Floridians.”For more than 85 years, FAC has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.