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File Number: 131666
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File Number: 131666 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: NAMING ARCOLA PARK AS SIDNEY WYNN PARK Introduced: 8/22/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/4/2013
Agenda Date: 9/4/2013 Agenda Item Number: 5C
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION NAMING ARCOLA PARK, LOCATED AT 1680 NORTHWEST 87TH STREET, AS THE ''SIDNEY WYNN PARK,'' AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO COORDINATE WITH THE DISTRICT 2 COMMISSIONER TO INSTALL APPROPRIATE SIGNAGE INDICATING DESIGNATION USING DISTRICT 2 QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (QNIP) FUNDS
Indexes: CODESIGNATION
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, 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

Board of County Commissioners 9/4/2013 5C Amended
REPORT: It was moved by Commissioner Monestime that the foregoing proposed resolution be adopted as amended to change the name of the park to “Sidney Wynn Park at Arcola” in the title, the 11th “WHEREAS” clause, and Section 1 of the “NOW, THEREFORE” section. This motion was seconded by Chairwoman Sosa and upon being put to a vote, passed 9-0 (Commissioners Diaz, Edmonson, Barreiro, and Jordan were absent). The amended version of this resolution was assigned Resolution No. R-672-13.

County Attorney 8/22/2013 Assigned Miguel A. Gonzalez 8/22/2013

Legislative Text



TITLE
RESOLUTION NAMING ARCOLA PARK, LOCATED AT 1680 NORTHWEST 87TH STREET, AS THE “SIDNEY WYNN PARK,” AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING, AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO COORDINATE WITH THE DISTRICT 2 COMMISSIONER TO INSTALL APPROPRIATE SIGNAGE INDICATING DESIGNATION USING DISTRICT 2 QUALITY NEIGHBORHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (QNIP) FUNDS

BODY
WHEREAS, Sidney Wynn was raised by his maternal grandparents in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood after his birth in Ocilla, Georgia to sharecropper parents; and
WHEREAS, Sidney Wynn distinguished himself as a talented multi-sport athlete and competitor throughout his life, having excelled in tennis, golf, basketball, table tennis, football, swimming, fast-pitch softball, volleyball, and even marbles; and
WHEREAS, Sidney Wynn’s true athletic passion was for baseball where he played professionally for the independent Coconut Grove Spiders starting in 1940 and, after being drafted to serve in World War II, for the 3rd Army Quartermaster Corps; and
WHEREAS, after his military service ended, Sidney Wynn enrolled in college at Florida Normal and Industrial Institute in St. Augustine—now known as Florida Memorial University—where he played baseball and football; and
WHEREAS, in 1946, Sidney Wynn resumed his professional baseball career, joining the independent Miami Giants, followed by the Palatka Blue Caps of the Negro League; and
WHEREAS, in 1952, Sidney Wynn played shortstop and third base with the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs, playing with such baseball legends as Hank Aaron, Buck O’Neil, and Josh Gibson; and
WHEREAS, Sidney Wynn’s success in baseball was driven by his passion for the sport, not by pursuit of a high salary—at the height of his professional career, he only made $250 per month, plus what he earned by selling his autograph—or luxury—as an African-American player in segregation-era baseball, Wynn had to stay in segregated hotels and, when traveling with his team, could not use gas-station restrooms; and
WHEREAS, after leaving professional baseball, Sidney Wynn continued to encounter the same racial prejudice through his exclusion from the best private golf clubs, leading him to establish the Miami Golf Connection in 1978, which is now a part of the State Amateur Golf Association; and
WHEREAS, after his life as a professional sportsman, Sidney Wynn returned to his community as a public servant, first as lifeguard at the segregated Virginia Key Beach, then at Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale, and finally at Arcola Park as a recreation manager; and
WHEREAS, before his death on November 22, 2008, at age 84, Sidney Wynn touched many lives at Arcola Park, and his contributions to that park and its users were so significant that Arcola Park was known by many as “Sidney Wynn Park”; and
WHEREAS, by re-naming Arcola Park as “Sidney Wynn Park,” this Board desires to make a lasting recognition of Sidney Wynn’s contributions to Miami-Dade County as a selfless public servant and exemplary citizen;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board,
Section 1. Having considered the matter at a public hearing, desires to honor Sidney Wynn’s legacy by naming Arcola Park, located at 1680 Northwest 87th Street, as the “Sidney Wynn Park”; and
Section 2. Further directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to coordinate and work with the Commissioner of District 2 to install an appropriate marker to indicate this designation using District 2 Quality Neighborhoods Improvement Program (QNIP) funds; and
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to Sidney Wynn’s next of kin.



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