At the September 12, 2018 Commission meeting, a discussion to initiate the process of naming the mid-beach community park, formerly the Par 3, was referred to the Neighborhoods and Community Affairs Committee (“NCAC”).
At the October 31, 2018 NCAC meeting, the Committee directed staff to involve the Bayshore Homeowners Association in the process, attend an HOA meeting to gather naming suggestions, and refer the item to the Parks and Recreational Facilities Advisory Board.
Following direction from NCAC’s October 2018 meeting, Administration reached out to the Bayshore Homeowners Association (the “BHA”) and invited its members to attend the Parks and Recreational Facilities Advisory Board’s December 11, 2018 meeting to gather naming suggestions, since the BHA did not have any upcoming meetings scheduled.
Prior to the December meeting, the BHA provided the following name suggestions via email correspondence: Banyan Park, Fairgreen Park, Bayshore Park.
At December 11, 2018 Parks and Recreational Facilities Advisory Board meeting, the Board passed a motion requesting an outreach campaign for the naming of the property currently referred to as the “Par 3 – Future Community Park”, and noted that naming recommendations should describe the area, neighborhood, municipal history, and special features of the park.
At the January 9, 2019 NCAC meeting, the Committee made a favorable recommendation to name the future Par 3 mid-beach community park as "Bayshore Park".
Since the item was last heard, there have internal discussions as to whether re-naming the Par 3 as “Bayshore Park” would trigger a referendum. Section 82-503(a)(8) of the City Code provides that a referendum for the renaming of a city park would not be required “… where a … public facility is to be renamed solely for the name of the city, the geographic area or physical location of the facility and/or the street or portion of the street where the facility is located, the function of the facility, and/or the current name of the facility.”
The Par 3 is located within the “Bayshore Neighborhood”, which is bounded on the North by 41st Street, on the South by Dade Blvd., on the East by Indian Creek, and on the West by Biscayne Bay. Public Work’s official GIS mapping tools designate the Par 3 as falling within the geographic boundaries of the “Bayshore Neighborhood”. Results from property searches conducted on the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser’s website refer to the Par 3 as the “Bayshore Municipal Golf Course” (Exhibit A).
Therefore, based upon the Administration’s representation that the name “Bayshore Park” is intended to reference its location and/or geographic area of the City facility to be named, the City Attorney has opined that Section 52-503(a)(8) would apply, and no referendum would be required.