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Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño Elected President of Florida League of Cities for 2012-13
Tallahassee –Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño is the new President of the Florida League of Cities for 2012-13. Maroño, who took the helm during the recent Florida League of Cities 86th Annual Conference, will focus on pension reform during his term as president.
“Exploding pension costs that are devouring city budgets across Florida are the No. 1 threat to taxpayers throughout the state,” Maroño said. “Florida’s cities are going to lead and come up with a responsible solution to this critical issue that respects the principle of self government, protects taxpayers, and ensures pensions will be there for our hard-working city employees when they retire.”
Maroño will join an impressive list of Florida leaders serving as officers with the Florida League of Cities for the 2012-13 term including:
• Florida League of Cities 1st Vice President: P.C. Wu, councilman, City of Pensacola; and
• Florida League of Cities 2nd Vice President: Lori Moseley, mayor of Miramar.
Mayor Maroño’s is a past president of the Miami-Dade League of Cities, executive board member of the Beacon Council and founding board member of the Florida League of Mayors.
Sweetwater voters first elected Maroño in 1995, when he was 23-years-old, making him the youngest commissioner in the city’s history. During his three terms as mayor, Maroño has implemented several initiatives to drastically improve the quality of life in Sweetwater including:
• Securing and implementing more than $10 million for storm water drainage projects;
• Renovating the city’s youth and senior centers; and
• Enhancing the face of the city with green initiatives and traffic calming circles.
During Maroño’s service as mayor, Sweetwater has enjoyed tremendous growth – nearly tripling in size. His responsible stewardship of this rapid growth is highlighted by a landmark partnership he helped forge with Florida International University to establish a college town in some formerly blighted and abandoned areas of the city.
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ABOUT THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES: Founded in 1922 on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for the state’s municipal governments, representing more than 400 cities, towns and villages in the Sunshine State. For more information, visit www.FloridaLeagueOfCities.com.