Destin Mayor Mel Ponder was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Florida League of Mayors. The board is composed of mayors throughout the state who help guide the activities of the organization.
“I consider it a great honor to be a part of this wonderful organization,” said Ponder. “I look forward to sharing my experiences and successes in bringing people together. Our communities are stronger when elected officials and citizens share a common goal of unity and work together to build a positive sense of place.”
The Florida League of Mayors was created in November 2005 and complements the work of the Florida League of Cities.
The League of Mayors serves as a forum for the general study of ideas and policies affecting municipalities while providing a platform for a powerful tier of established and emerging leaders to speak out on issues of urgent interest to the citizens in their cities.
City mayors serve a large percentage of Floridians. In 2004, more than half of Florida’s population lived in the state’s 411 municipalities. Creation of the Florida League of Mayors group reflects current public opinion and shows that mayors are widely viewed as the key political leaders in their communities and hold a high level of public confidence.
A poll of 800 registered Florida voters conducted by the Tarrance Group (error of margin plus or minus 3.5 percent) found Floridians view their mayors as trusted leaders and are confident that mayors are making the right decisions for their communities.