Commissioners Recognize April as National County Government Month “Counties Matter”

MONROE COUNTY, FL – Each year since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties across the country to elevate awareness of county responsibilities, programs, and services that provide essential services to create healthy, safe, and vibrant communities.

Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April as National County Government Month, saying “Counties Matter.” County Administrator Roman Gastesi joined the commissioners for the proclamation at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“The Monroe County commissioners and staff take pride in our responsibility to protect and enhance the health, wellbeing, and safety of our residents in efficient and cost-effective ways,” said Coldiron.

She also highlighted the unique challenges of Monroe County’s linear geography, which includes maintaining 311 miles of County roads, 26 bridges, 5 libraries, 3 government centers, 3 courthouses, a courthouse museum, an assisted living facility, 3 senior centers, 9 fire stations, and many other public facilities, all while striving to continue its reputation as an idyllic paradise in which to live, work, and play.

Gastesi, who returned from a work trip to Tallahassee last week to advocate for Monroe County to be included in the State budget, praised staff during the proclamation. “They know who we are in Tallahassee, and they see the hard work of our county staff across the state,” he said.