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File Number: 060906
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File Number: 060906 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: RENAMING THE JEFFERSON REAVES PARK COMMUNITY CENTER Introduced: 3/24/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number:
Notes: PH AT COMMITTEE Title: RESOLUTION RENAMING THE JEFFERSON REAVES PARK COMMUNITY CENTER THE ''EVERETT STEWART, SR. COMMUNITY CENTER''
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 4/11/2006 1E2 Forwarded to BCC without a recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Maldonado read the foregoing resolution into the record. Reverend Larry M. Lovett, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2799 Northwest 46 Street appeared before the Committee in support of the foregoing resolution. Mr. Everett Stewart, Sr., 3246 Northwest 48 Terrace, appeared before the Committee in support of the foregoing resolution. Commissioner Edmonson spoke in support of this proposed resolution, noting she fully supported the renaming the Jefferson Reaves Park Community Center to the Everett Stewart, Sr. Community Center. Commissioner Souto voiced his concern and spoke in opposition to this proposed resolution. He noted he and Mr. Reaves served in the Florida Legislature together and he was uncomfortable with changing the facilities named in his honor. In response to Commissioner Souto’s concern Pastor Lovett clarified that the name of the Park would remain “Jefferson Reeves.” He explained that as proposed, the Community Center building existing within the park would be renamed in honor of Mr. Stewart. Commissioner Souto noted he would like to have spoken with one of the Reaves Family members before voting on this proposed resolution. Commissioner Seijas noted, for the record, that she had consistently not supported the renaming of County facilities and roadways in honor of people who were alive, and that she would not support this proposed resolution as well. Following further discussion and statements from Reverend Lovett who reassured Commissioners that the Reaves Family supported the renaming of the building, Commissioner Seijas concurred with Commissioner Souto that she would have liked to hear from the Reaves Family before voting on this proposal. Commissioner Moss noted he had also consistently not supported the renaming of County facilities and roadways in honor of people while they were alive, and he would not support this proposal. Commissioner Edmonson questioned Commissioner Souto’s concern, noting while she understood Commissioner Seijas and Moss had consistently not supported such proposals, she did not understand Commissioner Souto’s concern. Commissioner Heyman asked Reverend Lovett to contact the Reaves Family and ensure that Commissioner Souto’s concern was addressed before this resolution was considered by the County Commission. Commissioner Moss recommended that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission without a recommendation. It was moved by Commissioner Edmonson that the foregoing proposed resolution was forwarded to the County Commission with Committee amendment(s) to provide that the subject building be renamed the “Jefferson Reaves/Everett Stewart” Community Center. Commissioner Gimenez noted he disagreed with Commissioners Seijas and Moss that County facilities/roadways should not be named after people who were alive. However, he was opposed to un-naming facilities named in honor of an individual and renaming them in honor of another individual. Commissioner Gimenez noted he would bring forth a proposed resolution establishing a process for naming/renaming County facilities, parks and streets. He asked Assistant County Manager Alex Munoz to research how other jurisdictions determine how buildings, parks and streets within their communities were named and to provide him with a report of his findings. Chairwoman Heyman asked that this report be provided to all members of the County Commission. Following further discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 3/29/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 4/11/2006

County Attorney 3/24/2006 Assigned Diamela Del Castillo

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION RENAMING THE JEFFERSON REAVES PARK COMMUNITY CENTER THE ''EVERETT STEWART, SR. COMMUNITY CENTER''

BODY

WHEREAS, Mr. Everett Stewart, Sr. is the President of the Brownsville Neighborhood Civic Association; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Stewart is an outstanding individual who has given tirelessly to his community; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County owns and operates the Jefferson Reaves Park Community Center; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to honor Mr. Everett Stewart, Sr. by renaming the Jefferson Reaves Park Community Center the "Everett Stewart, Sr. Community Center,"
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board finds that Everett Stewart, Sr. has made a direct, significant lifetime contribution to this community.
Section 2. By three-fifths vote of the Board members present, this Board renames the Jefferson Reaves Park Community Center the "Everett Stewart, Sr. Community Center."



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