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File Number: 140402
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File Number: 140402 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CODESIGNATION NELSON MANDELA AVENUE Introduced: 2/21/2014
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 3/4/2014 Agenda Item Number: 11A27
Notes: SEE 140566 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CODESIGNATE STATE ROAD 7/U.S. 441/NW 2ND AVENUE FROM NW 183RD STREET TO COUNTY LINE ROAD/NW 215TH STREET AS ''NELSON MANDELA AVENUE;'' APPROVING SUCH CODESIGNATION; URGING THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS TO APPROVE SUCH CODESIGNATION
Indexes: CODESIGNATION
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, 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 3/4/2014 11A27 Amended
REPORT: SEE LEGISLATIVE FILE NO. 140566

County Attorney 2/21/2014 Assigned Michael B. Valdes 2/25/2014

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CODESIGNATE STATE ROAD 7/U.S. 441/NW 2ND AVENUE FROM NW 183RD STREET TO COUNTY LINE ROAD/NW 215TH STREET AS ''NELSON MANDELA AVENUE;'' APPROVING SUCH CODESIGNATION; URGING THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS TO APPROVE SUCH CODESIGNATION

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WHEREAS, for most of Mr. Mandela’s life, South Africa’s government was still very much a vestige of the country’s colonial past by concentrating power in the hands of a white minority, disenfranchising the nation’s black majority, and imposing a system of racial segregation known as apartheid; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela attended and studied law at the University College at Fort Hare, which, at the time, was South Africa’s only residential college for black Africans; and
WHEREAS, early on, Mr. Mandela already began to exhibit his trail-blazing spirit by opening the first black law partnership in South Africa before he had even completed his studies; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela joined the African National Congress, a political organization that was founded to fight the systematic injustice that black South Africans faced from the government in power; he also co-founded the African National Congress’ Youth League and quickly rose to prominence as a leading figure in South Africa’s growing liberation movement; and
WHEREAS, he was arrested in 1962 for conspiracy to overthrow the apartheid government and sentenced to life imprisonment; and
WHEREAS, he remained imprisoned for 27 years; and
WHEREAS, his imprisonment prompted an international movement that lobbied for his release and an end to apartheid; for example, the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council called for the release of Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners, Pope John Paul II condemned South Africa’s apartheid practices, the United States, United Kingdom, and 23 other nations imposed economic sanctions against South Africa, and many other governments and multinational corporations divested from South Africa as well; and
WHEREAS, while still in prison, Mr. Mandela took the lead and began negotiating with the South African government to bring an end to apartheid; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela was finally released from prison on February 11, 1990, and he continued his negotiations with the South African government as the leader of the African National Congress; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his considerable work in effectuating South Africa’s peaceful transition from a system of apartheid to one of democratic equality and universal suffrage; and
WHEREAS, due in large part to Mr. Mandela’s efforts, South Africa held its first truly democratic elections in April 1994; and
WHEREAS, the outcome of South Africa’s 1994 elections led to the historic and peaceful transition of power from the National Party—which was comprised of the nation’s white minority—to the African National Congress; and
WHEREAS, the newly elected government’s first act was to elect Nelson Mandela as the nation’s president; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela used his presidency to help heal and unify South Africa and, in so doing, showed the entire world that love and cooperation are more powerful tools than hatred and retribution; and
WHEREAS, after his presidency, Mr. Mandela remained committed to the task of improving the lives of South Africans through his philanthropic work, which focused on combating HIV/AIDS and improving rural development and school construction; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to honor Mr. Mandela so that his life story may continue to inspire the citizens of Miami-Dade County to understand that the world can be indelibly changed for the better when one person stands up for what is right; and
WHEREAS, State Road 7/U.S. 441/NW 2nd Avenue from NW 183rd Street to County Line Road/NW 215 Street is a state road located in the City of Miami Gardens; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela by urging the Florida Legislature to codesignate State Road 7/U.S. 441/NW 2nd Avenue from NW 183rd County Line Street to County Line Road/NW 215 street as “Nelson Mandela Avenue; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 1,
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 State Road. 7/U.S. 441/NW 2nd Avenue from NW 183rd Street to County Line Road/NW 215th Street as “Nelson Mandela Avenue.”
Section 2. Approves the codesignation of State Road 7/U.S. 441/NW 2nd Avenue from NW 183rd Street to County Line Road/NW 215th Street as “Nelson Mandela Avenue.”
Section 3. Urges the City of Miami Gardens to approve this codesignation.
Section 4. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, the Mayor of The City of Miami Gardens and The Members of the Miami Gardens City Council.
Section 5. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2014 State Legislative Package previously approved by the Board to include this item.



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