Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092244
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File Number: 092244 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawn
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: MANUEL MONOLO CAPO Introduced: 8/6/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/3/2009
Agenda Date: 11/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A13
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CODESIGNATE N. KENDALL DRIVE/S.W. 88 STREET FROM S.W. 137TH AVENUE TO S.W. 142ND AVENUE AS ‘‘MANOLO CAPÓ BOULEVARD’’; APPROVING SUCH CODESIGNATION
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, 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Board of County Commissioners 11/3/2009 11A13 Withdrawn P

County Manager 10/29/2009 Withdrawals 11/3/2009

Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 10/15/2009 2D Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no objection, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 8/6/2009 Referred Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 10/15/2009

County Attorney 8/6/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CODESIGNATE N. KENDALL DRIVE/S.W. 88 STREET FROM S.W. 137TH AVENUE TO S.W. 142ND AVENUE AS ‘‘MANOLO CAPÓ BOULEVARD’’; APPROVING SUCH CODESIGNATION

BODY

WHEREAS, Manuel ‘‘Manolo’’ Capó was a native of Pinar del Río, Cuba where his father, Simón, started a furniture store called Casa Capó in the 1930s; and
WHEREAS, up to 1959, Manolo Capó and the Capó family built Casa Capó into one of the three most important furniture outlets in Cuba; and
WHEREAS, Manolo Capó left Cuba in 1966 and seven months after arriving in the United States, Manolo Capó opened his own furniture store at Calle Ocho and 24th Avenue, named “El Dorado Furniture”; and
WHEREAS, Capó named El Dorado Furniture in honor of the small sailboat in which he and his children Luis and Carlos crossed the Straits of Florida fleeing the Castro regime; and
WHEREAS, Capó was later joined by his wife Aida to whom he was married for more than six decades, and Aida and Manuel had a total of seven children; and
WHEREAS, though a man of limited education, Capó built El Dorado Furniture to what it is today: a corporation with 11 stores in South Florida that employs over 1,000 employees with annual billings of $150 million; and
WHEREAS, Capó was not only a savvy businessman, but also was active in the community, annually assisting Amigos for Kids, a children’s aid organization, by making an El Dorado Furniture warehouse available to Amigos for Kids so that every year, particularly at Christmas, toys could be collected for needy children; and
WHEREAS, Manolo Capó passed away on Friday, July 10 at the age of 83; and
WHEREAS, there is no better example of the success of the Cuban exile community than Manolo Capó and the business that he built in the U.S. from the ground up; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Capó by urging the Florida Legislature to codesignate N. Kendall Drive/S.W. 88 Street from S.W. 137th Avenue To S.W. 142nd Avenue as ‘‘Manolo Capó Boulevard’’; and
WHEREAS, section 334.071, Florida Statutes, provides that the installation of road designation signs shall be contingent on the applicable county or city commission passing a resolution in support of the particular honorary road designation; and
WHEREAS, before the Florida Department of Transportation will install signs reflecting the ‘‘Manolo Capó Boulevard’’ road codesignation, Miami-Dade County is required to pass a resolution in support of this road designation; and
WHEREAS, this state road designation would be located in District 11 if approved by the Legislature,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to codesignate N. Kendall Drive/S.W. 88 Street from S.W. 137th Avenue to S.W. 142nd Avenue as ‘‘Manolo Capó Boulevard’’.
Section 2. Approves the codesignation of N. Kendall Drive/S.W. 88 Street from S.W. 137th Avenue to S.W. 142nd Avenue as ‘‘Manolo Capó Boulevard’’.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor; the Senate President; the House Speaker; the Chair and Members of the Miami Dade State Legislative Delegation, and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
Section 4. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in Section 1 above, and directs that the 2010 state legislative package be amended to include this item.



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