Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 073100
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File Number: 073100 File Type: Resolution Status: Public Hearing
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CODESIGNATE PORTION SW 147 AVE AS OFF. JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO Introduced: 10/19/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 11/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 5Q
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING SW 147TH AVENUE FROM BIRD ROAD (SW 40TH STREET) TO MILLER ROAD (SW 56TH STREET) AS OFFICER JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO AVENUE
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-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

Board of County Commissioners 11/6/2007 5Q Withdrawn
REPORT: Commissioner Martinez asked to withdraw his request to defer the foregoing proposed resolution. He noted a mistake had been made and that road had been previously dedicated to another officer, therefore the street had to be changed.

County Attorney 10/19/2007 Assigned R. A. Cuevas, Jr.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING SW 147TH AVENUE FROM BIRD ROAD (SW 40TH STREET) TO MILLER ROAD (SW 56th STREET) AS OFFICER JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO AVENUE

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WHEREAS, this Board has conducted a public hearing to consider codesignating SW 147th Avenue from Bird Road (SW 40th Street) to Miller Road (SW 56th Street) as Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano Avenue; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano was born in Miami, Florida on June 2, 1970; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano graduated from Miami Southwest Senior High School in 1989; he obtained his Associate in Arts Degree from Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano, who grew up wanting to be a police officer, was a Correctional Officer (Sergeant) at the South Florida Reception Center, then joined the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department where he was a detective, and then was hired by Miami-Dade Police Department on October 2003 where he was assigned to the Cutler Ridge District; and
WHEREAS, Officer Joe Lazaro Somohano lost his life when he was gunned down on September 13, 2007; and
WHEREAS, on September 18, 2007 Miami-Dade Police Department Director Robert Parker told thousands who packed the Florida International University arena that "as we mourn, we remember the man and the life he lived. Officer Somohano had a clear and guiding sense of purpose serving his entire adult life as a law enforcement officer. He was a true hero who gave his life in service to the community and he will be remembered for his actions; "and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade Police Lt. Denise Bernhard delivered one of the most moving and colorful eulogies at the service giving everyone the sense that they knew Officer Somohano by recalling stories like the one where Somohano made coworkers laugh as he chased chickens in circles after a cockfighting bust, or how he was a neat freak who would start cleaning up while parties were going on; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano loved being a police officer, but he loved his family more. He was proud of and devoted to his wife Elizabeth, son Christopher, daughter Alyssa, his parents Jose and Ana, his sister Lorena, and brother Hubert; and
WHEREAS, heroes like Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano live forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano with this codesignation; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 11,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board approves the codesignation of SW 147th Avenue from Bird Road (SW 40th Street) to Miller Drive (SW 56th Street) as Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano Avenue.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Public Works Department and Land Development Division of the Public Works Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.



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