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The Citizens Recognition Awards recognize Fort Lauderdale citizens whose efforts and achievements foster civic pride and responsibility, encourage public service, develop appreciation of the City's heritage, and significantly contribute to the development of this community. Since the program’s inception in 1972, Fort Lauderdale has recognized more than 150 outstanding citizens. 

Past award recipients
Videos of the 2016 honorees
Photos from the 2016 awards event

Call for 2017 Nominations 

CCR 2017_Nominations FlyerThe City of Fort Lauderdale is now accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 Citizens Recognition Awards. Past award recipients have accomplished the extraordinary and the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the Citizens Committee of Recognition are proud to recognize them. If you know a well-deserving person who has also made significant contributions to the betterment of our City, please consider nominating him or her for an award. We'd love to recognize your favorite candidate at the 43rd Annual Citizens Recognition Awards event set for Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (check back for event details soon).

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 28, 2017. Complete the nomination form today.

2015-2016 Citizens Recognition Awards Honorees

2015-2016 CCR Honorees

Program Timeline

  • 1972: The Citizens Recognition Program was initiated.
  • 1984: The Citizens Recognition Program was amended to include Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Citizen awards.
  • 1989:  The Honored Founder category was added to the program (effective 1990).
  • 1997:  The Exemplary Former City Employee category was added to the program.

Opening Ceremony

 

Exemplary Former City Employee – Ada Bradley Moore

The Exemplary Former City Employee award recognizes a former City employee who has served the citizens of
Fort Lauderdale for a significant number of years and whose service has made a significant impact on the development
and quality of life for the community. This person may be retired, deceased or separated from the City.
Read the 2016 Exemplary Former City Employee proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Robert L. McKinzie)

 

Citizen of the Year - The Late Charles A. "Chuck" Black

The Citizen of the Year award is for that person who, in the opinion of the Committee and the City Commission, has made the greatest contribution to the community in the current year. The Citizen of the Year must be a Fort Lauderdale resident.
Read the Citizen of the Year proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis)

 

Honored Founder – The Late Dr. James F. Sistrunk

The Honored Founder award is for a courageous citizen who prepared the way for future growth and
harmony in Fort Lauderdale.
Read the Honored Founder proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Robert L. McKinzie)

Honored Founder – The Late John F. Fuhrer

The Honored Founder award is for a courageous citizen who prepared the way for future growth and
harmony in Fort Lauderdale.
Read the Honored Founder proclamation. 
(Presented by Commissioner Romney Rogers)

Distinguished Citizen – Michael C. Weymouth

The Distinguished Citizen award is given to that resident of the community who has contributed to the development of Fort Lauderdale over a number of years (i.e., a pioneer).
Read the Distinguished Citizen proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Bruce Roberts)

Citizens Committee of Recognition

Each year, the Citizens Committee of Recognition,  consisting of all former Mayors of Fort Lauderdale, as well as one former honoree and the President of the Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations or his/her designee, reviews nominations and provide their recommendations for the four awards to the City Commission for approval. Members of the Citizens Committee of Recognition include:

Former Mayor Robert A. Dressler
Former Mayor James Naugle
Former Commissioner Tim Smith
Eugenia "Genia" D. Ellis
Courtney Crush, Esq.
E. Birch Willey

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Citizens Recognition Awards 2016

Updated on March 15, 2017 4:25 PM

The City of Fort Lauderdale Citizens Recognition Program was established in 1972 to give public recognition to citizens who contributed to the development of this community in significant ways. This album contains photos from the 2016 Citizens Recognition Awards event, held October 5, 2016, where the City honored five outstanding citizens: The late Charles A. "Chuck" Black, Citizen of the Year; the late Dr. James F. Sistrunk, Honored Founder; the late John F. Fuhrer, Honored Founder; Michael C. Weymouth, Distinguished Citizen, and Ada Bradley Moore, Exemplary Former Employee.