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24, 2011

Maurice R. Hernandez

305-378-6677

Commissioner Lynda Bell co-designates street as “Roger J. Barreto Way”


County Commissioner Lynda Bell, co-designated a section of S.W. 120th Street to 136th Street on the Miami-Dade Busway as "Roger J. Barreto Way" this morning, in honor of the renowned patriarch of the Barreto family.  Surrounded by many members of his family including 5 of his sons and his daughter, Commissioner Bell unveiled the street sign which will forever commemorate the life of the beloved and respected Roger Barreto.

"Roger Barreto was a man of great vision and accomplishment, who, through a lifetime of work and dedication in the Florida East Coast Railway, helped establish Miami and South Florida as the thriving metropolis it is today." - Said Commissioner Bell.  "Mr. Barreto was a man of principle, conviction, and unwavering commitment to his profession, his community, and his family.  But most importantly, Roger was a man who saw public service as a way of life and instilled those values of the highest calling in his children, many of whom are public servants in their own right" - Added Commissioner Bell

Roger J. Barreto served in the Florida East Coast Railway System for most of his career.  He became President of the Miami Rotary Club and served as Chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Miami-Dade County for over twenty years.  He served as a member of the Property and Asset Review Committee for the City of Miami for many years and lent his services to the Salvation Army for twenty years and the Council 726 of the Knights of Columbus for over sixty four.

During his career, Mr. Barreto was instrumental in the elimination of the railroad tracks in downtown Miami which helped facilitate the expansion of the Miami-Dade Metro Mover System, as well as provide extensive assistance in acquiring the necessary funding for Joe Robbie Stadium, the renowned sporting establishment we now call Sun Life Stadium.

Mr. Roger J. Barreto passed away on September 10, 2010