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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 125 outstanding citizens. 

2017 Citizens Recognition Awards Honorees

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Past award recipients pdf
Videos from past honoree presentations
Photos from the 2016 awards event

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.

Citizens Committee of Recognition

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

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

Past Honoree Presentation Videos

Year Citizen of the Year  Distinguished Citizen Honored Founder  Exemplary Former City Employee 
2015  Sharon Major-Hughes Donald Singer Stanford K. Smoker Greg Brewton
2016 Charles A. "Chuck" Black Michael C. Weymouth Dr. James Franklin Sistrunk Ave Bradley Moore
      John F. Fuhrer  

Opening Ceremony Videos

2016 Opening Ceremony


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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.