About Florida City Watch

We believe that cities having the freedom to operate with minimal state interference is critical to developing solutions that work for all Floridians where they live. Cities are formed and are governed locally by citizens determined to make better lives for themselves. It is vital to let these citizens have the freedom to govern themselves as they see fit.

We believe there should be respect for citizens' right to local self government, the authority of government at the city level, and the community stewards who are elected therein are imperative for a democracy to function.


When faced with budget shortfalls in 2008, Florida lawmakers passed a budget REQUIRING local governments to increase taxes as a way to fix their $350 million shortfall.

State lawmakers are forcing tax and service cuts at the local level, yet they are considering tax increases at the state level saying that State services are too important to cut.

Every year, Florida lawmakers require local governments to spend an average of $25 million on new projects, yet state lawmakers don't pay for those things.

Our Role:

Our role is to shine a spotlight on Tallahassee and to highlight the danger of unfunded mandates and politicians' attempts to destroy our right to local control.

Our Cities in Action

Dec-29-2013 The Ledger
Lakeland will complete the year with a goal it announced almost 30 years ago: a population of more than 100,000.
Nov-20-2013 Reuters
Only third city in the nation to receive Palladium honor. The City of Tamarac, Florida has joined the ranks of such prestigious organizations as Motorola, UPS and Hilton Hotels as a recipient of the...
Sep-16-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn't stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo's first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County.
Sep-03-2013 Daily Commercial
Eustis city commissioners will meet Thursday night to consider creating a Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District to better promote the city and help local businesses.
Aug-02-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — As the city comes alive with a massive redevelopment at Daytona International Speedway and the promise of two new oceanfront hotels, the 85-year-old Boardwalk is basking in a rebirth...
May-07-2013 South Florida Business Journal
Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.
Apr-11-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Tours in South Florida typically go to the beach but, in Coral Springs, city leaders will pile onto a bus to see government buildings in three counties. City commissioners haven't decided yet to...
Apr-05-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Family, friends and residents will gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the official renaming of “John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.”
Apr-03-2013 Longboat Observer
A town Fire Rescue Department software application is in a Computerworld Honors Program Safety & Security category with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and the FBI.
Mar-27-2013 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair is encouraging veterans and active military personnel to be on hand at the April 2 commission meeting when the town proclaims April 17 as Military Family and Community...