On November 9, 2018, the City of Miami Beach unveiled its LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of 12 Street and Ocean Drive.
On December 12, 2018, City Commission referred a discussion to establish a monument/commemorative plaque at the rainbow crosswalk located at 12 Street and Ocean Drive to the Neighborhoods/Community Affairs Committee (“NCAC”).
At its January 28, 2019 NCAC meeting, the Committee referred the plaque design, verbiage and placement to the LGBTQ Advisory Committee (the “Advisory Committee”). The item was deferred at the March 2019 NCAC.
On April 24, 2019, the NCAC referred the item with amendments to the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee (“FCWP”).
A rainbow crosswalk on Ocean Drive and 12 Street has been an iconic testament to the City of Miami Beach’s LGBTQ community and a proud symbol of the urban island’s commitment to inclusiveness and equality, since 2014. The temporary rainbow crosswalk was re-striped annually, until the City unveiled a permanent rainbow crosswalk installation in November 2018.
Following the unveiling of the permanent installation, the City expressed a desire to capture the significance of the rainbow crosswalk with a commemorative plaque.
In light of the NCAC’s favorable recommendation for a plaque monument, funding for the design and placement of the plaque needs to be identified.