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File Number: 111404
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File Number: 111404 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-503-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CODESIGNATE THE BUSWAY AS ROGER J. BARRETO WAY Introduced: 6/23/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/7/2011
Agenda Date: 7/7/2011 Agenda Item Number: 5A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CO-DESIGNATING THE BUSWAY FROM SW 120TH STREET AND U.S. 1 TO SW 136TH STREET AND U.S. 1 AS ''ROGER J. BARRETO WAY''
Indexes: ROAD DESIGNATION
Sponsors: Lynda Bell, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Xavier L. Suarez, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, 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 7/7/2011 5A Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Martinez opened the public hearing for persons wishing to be heard in connection with this resolution, and the following person(s) appeared: Mr. Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts, noted the portion of roadway (the original Bus Way) being named after Mr. Roger J. Barreto was significant because Roger Barreto was instrumental in getting the County the needed easements along US 1 from Florida East Coast Railroad to build the Metrorail and Bus Way. He said that Mr. Barreto rose to the top of the East Coast Railroad; served as the Chair of the Fish and Wild Life Commission; and was an amazing patriarch whose sons had served the State of Florida in various capacities. Mr. Ruvin said he learned an incredible amount of South Florida History from Mr. Barreto and his close friend, former County Mayor Stephen Clark. Commissioner Bell noted it was fitting to dedicate this portion of the Bus Way as “Roger J. Barreto Way.” Mr. Rodney Barreto, son of Roger Barreto, noted Roger’s father migrated from Cuba to Key West in the early 1900s in search for a better life; pursued a job with Henry Flagler, building a railroad to Key West; and became one of Flagler Railroad’s original train conductors. Rodney Barreto noted that after his grandfather (Roger’s father) died, Roger moved to Miami, where he later met his wife Cecile, and raised eleven children. He also noted that Roger chaired Miami-Dade’s Industrial Development Bond Council, which helped fund the construction of the Joe Robbie Stadium. Mr. Rodney Barreto expressed appreciation to the County Commissioners, on behalf of his mother, his siblings, himself, and their children, for honoring his dad this way. Mr. Ray Barreto, Division Chief of Special Operations, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue (and son of Roger Barreto), noted Roger Barreto was a great dad and a great public servant. Chairman Martinez closed the public hearing after seeing no one else wishing to speak. Commissioner Souto noted that Roger Barreto was a great guy with a jovial personality, and a good friend, whom he dearly missed. He asked to be added as a co-sponsor of this resolution. Commissioner Sosa noted Mr. Roger Barreto’s name was highly respected throughout the Florida Keys. Commissioner Diaz commented that Roger Barreto’s success was partly due to the devotion of his lovely wife, Cecile. All thirteen County Commissioners asked to be added as a co-sponsor of this resolution. Hearing no further comments, the Board voted on this resolution as presented.

County Attorney 6/23/2011 Assigned Martin W. Sybblis

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CO-DESIGNATING THE BUSWAY FROM SW 120TH STREET AND U.S. 1 TO SW 136TH STREET AND U.S. 1 AS “ROGER J. BARRETO WAY”

BODY
WHEREAS, Roger J. Barreto was born in Key West, Florida on December 9, 1921 and moved to Miami with his mother in 1932 after his father died in a Flagler Railroad accident in Homestead where he worked; and
WHEREAS, Roger attended Gesu Catholic School in Downtown Miami where he met the love of his life and future wife, Cecile Pare; and
WHEREAS, in 1947, Roger and Cecile bought a lot on 30th Avenue and NW 4th Terrace in Miami with the help of his grade school best friend, former Mayor Steven P. Clark, and built the Barreto home; and
WHEREAS, Roger and Cecile raised 11 children, 7 boys and 4 girls at the their home, where Roger lived until his death in September of 2010; and
WHEREAS, having lost his father to a horrific railroad accident, Roger already had an intimate relationship with the railroad; and
WHEREAS, much like the history of South Florida and Henry Flagler’s tracks are indivisible, so, too, are the railroad and Roger Barreto; and
WHEREAS, for Roger, the railroad was not just a job or a career, but a life; and
WHEREAS, Roger took up an office position in the Florida East Coast Railroad’s (“FEC”) Industrial Development and Real Estate Department and was soon thereafter named Railroad Man of the Year; and
WHEREAS, after managing and selling much of the FEC property, Roger retired from the railroad in 1992, at which time he was Vice President of the FEC Railway and Gran Central Corporation; and
WHEREAS, under Roger’s watch one of the County’s largest office parks was built on FEC property, Gran Central in the Town of Medley; and
WHEREAS, Roger was instrumental in eliminating the train tracks in Downtown Miami – South Dade that helped facilitate the expansion of the Metro Mover, Metro Rail and Busway; and
WHEREAS, Roger was a member and past president of the Miami Rotary Club, served as president of Business Incorporated, was the chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Dade County for over twenty years, was a member of the Property and Asset Review Committee for the City of Miami, and was member of the City of Miami Beautification Committee; and
WHEREAS, Roger served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army for over twenty years and was a member of council 1726 of the Knights of Columbus for over sixty-four years; and
WHEREAS, Roger provided extensive assistance through the Industrial Development Authority in acquiring the funding for Joe Robbie Stadium, currently known as Sun Life Stadium; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory and contribution of Roger J. Barreto; and
WHEREAS, this proposed co-designation is a county road located in County Commission District 8,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Having conducted a public hearing, co-designates the stretch of Busway from SW 120th Street and U.S.1 to SW 136th Street and U.S. 1 as “Roger J. Barreto Way.”
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to send certified copies 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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