Citizen Planning Advocacy Award
by the American Planning Assoc. Suncoast Section, for advocating for smart growth management and organizing public participation in community planning
“with a deep desire to improve her community … Mariella Smith has become one of the strongest voices in south Hillsborough for environmental protection, protection of the Little Manatee River and protection of the community character in Ruskin.”
Hillsborough County Planning Commission Chairman’s Award
with the leaders of United Citizens Action Network
“This dedicated group of citizens actively participate in the governing process by ensuring that the voice of Hillsborough County residents are heard and considered in all planning decisions. They believe growth should not be viewed as uncontrollable, and Hillsborough County should accommodate only planned growth which does not unreasonably increase our existing tax burden, or decrease our quality of life.”
“The Green 100” — One of Tampa Bay’s 100 green leaders
by Creative Loafing
“Smith is a tireless and thorough documenter of efforts to gut growth laws and harm the environment in Hillsborough. Her stories about the County Commission’s ongoing growth management dismantling and kowtowing to powerful developers are as good as any investigative journalism you’ll find around these parts.”
Sierra Club — Several awards
The Tampa Bay group’s highest award, the Black Bear Award, as well as other Sierra Club awards, at the state & local levels, for environmental advocacy.
Hillsborough County Certificates of Appreciation
For work on the Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee and other community efforts.