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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:June  5, 2019
 



SUBJECT:DISCUSSION REGARDING FUNDING FOR HISTORICAL MARKERS.

RECOMMENDATION

The administration recommends that the City Commission authorize the application process and installation of state historical markers in accordance with the funding recommendations of the Finance Committee.  

ANALYSIS

HISTORY:
On January 16, 2019, at the request of Commissioners John Elizabeth Aleman and Mark Samuelian, the City Commission referred the subject discussion item to the Finance and City Wide Projects Committee (Item C4H).

 

On February 22, 2019, the Finance and City Wide Projects Committee discussed the item and approved a motion to budget $30,000 for the current budget year and $30,000 for next fiscal year for the installation of historic markers. Additionally, the Finance Committee requested that the Administration create a prioritized list of marker locations, as recommended by Dr. Lynette Long, to be discussed at Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee.

 

On May 20, 2019 the Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee discussed a prioritized list of locations for historical markers, as prepared by the Administration.  At this meeting, the Committee recommended approval of 18 locations, as recommended by the administration, with the understanding that the administration would determine which of the markers would include double sided text and that the final locations would be further refined in a manner that would result in greatest visibility possible.

 

BACKGROUND / SUMMARY

The Florida Historical Marker Program is administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.  The program recognizes historic resources, as well as persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, and historic culture, by promoting the placing of historic markers and plaques at sites of historic and visual interest to visitors.  

 

Applications are submitted to the Division of Historical Resources and reviewed by the Florida Historic Marker Council several times throughout the year. Applications are required to include a historical documentation, bibliography, current photographs of resource or site, copy for the Marker text and signed property owner’s permission.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to pay for the marker and all associated installation costs.

 

The cost for a single-sided marker is $2,010 and the cost of a double sided marker is $2,330.  According to the Florida Department of State, costs are subject to change and an applicant is notified of the current cost after an application has been approved by the Florida Historic Marker Council.

 

Each marker is made of cast aluminum with a dark blue background with white lettering and a white Florida Heritage emblem.  The markers come with a 7’-0” concrete post and have a text area of 30” by 42”.

 

The following is the prioritized list of marker locations, as recommend by the Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee:

 

Priority

Name

Notes

1

North Shore National Register Historic District (National Register of Historic Places

Recommended location:

Tatum Waterway Park, 80th St & Carlyle Av

2

Normandy Isles Historic District (National Register of Historic Places)

Recommended location:

Vendome Plaza, Rue Vendome & Normandy Dr

3

Collins Waterfront Architectural District (National Register of Historic Places)

Recommended location:

Pancoast Park, 36th Street

4

Lincoln Road Mall (National Register of Historic Places)

Recommended location:

Within planter, Washington Av & Lincoln Rd

5

Venetian Causeway (National Register of Historic Places)

Recommended location:

Belle Isle Park, Venetian Wy & Island Av

6

Espanola Way and the Clay Hotel

Recommended location:

Espanola Plaza, Drexel & Espanola

Installation will require the reconfiguration and enlargement of an existing small planter currently containing a date palm tree

7

Lummus Park

Recommended location:

Lummus Park, 14th Place & Ocean Dr

8

Miami Beach Women's Club

Recommended location:

24th St & Flamingo Dr

9

Jackie Gleason Theater

Recommended location:

17th Street & theater entry drive

10

Miami Beach Architectural/Art Deco District (National Register of Historic Places)

Recommended location:

Flamingo Park, 13th St & Meridian Av

11

Carl Fisher Clubhouse

Recommended location:

21st St & Washington Av

12

Historic City Hall

Recommended location:

12th Street & Washington Av

13

Bass Museum

Recommended location:

Collins Park, Liberty Av & 22nd

14

28th Street Obelisk/Pump Station

Recommended location:

W 28th St & Pinetree Dr

15

Beach Patrol Headquarters

Recommended location:

10th St & Ocean Dr, within planter at north side of building

16

Fire Station No. 2

Recommended location:

2300 Dade Blvd

17

North Beach Bandshell

Recommended location:

Bandshell Park, 73rd St & Collins Av

18

Collins Canal

Recommended location:

Canal Path, Dade Blvd &Convention Center Dr

 

 


CONCLUSION

In accordance with the recommendations of the Finance and Neighborhoods Committees, the administration recommends the following:

 

  1. Proceed with the application process and installation of state historical markers for the above noted sites.

     

  2. The first nine markers shall be funded in the amount of $30,000 for FY 2019 from the general fund-contingencies.

 

3. The remaining nine markers shall be funded in the amount of $30,000 and shall be added to the Planning Department’s FY 2020 current service level budget
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Commissioners John Elizabeth Aleman and Mark Samuelian