Statement on Florida House Bill 883 and The Seminole County Rural Boundary

Longwood, FL- Joe Durso, a 2017 recipient of the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero award and former Mayor of Longwood, has issued a statement on House Bill 883.

“Tallahassee is at it again, this bill would trample on home rule and the rights of local citizens to decide how they want to govern their own neighborhoods. I believe no change should be made to the rural boundary - but if a change does come, it should spring from the will of the people in local communities and not be a mandate from Tallahassee politicians who are trying to politicize our quality of life.” Durso said. “My whole career in public service has been about stopping reckless and short sighted overreach by government. I am fully opposed to any changes to Seminole County’s rural boundary or any attempt to weaken our home rule rights. I have engaged with our legislators and made it known that I am against this bill.”

The son of a teacher and a police officer - Joe Durso has always been taught the importance of public service and giving back to his community.  As a Vice President of CBC of Central Florida, Joe has spent the past 14 years fighting for abused and neglected children, their families and other vulnerable groups in communities throughout Central Florida.  As the youngest Mayor in Longwood’s history, Joe sought to bring innovative solutions and his ability to make tough decisions to meet the needs of a diverse and growing county. Joe’s leadership in Longwood has led to unprecedented economic growth, a higher quality of life, and a city rated one of the Top 10 safest cities in Florida.