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Resolutions - C7  G




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Alina T. Hudak, City Manager 
DATE:October  13, 2021
 



SUBJECT:A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE, AT ITS SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 MEETING, TO APPROVE THE NAMING OF THE NORTH SHORE BASEBALL FIELDS, WHICH ARE LOCATED WITHIN NORTH SHORE PARK AND YOUTH CENTER, IN MEMORY OF MANNY LAFONT, A VICTIM OF THE SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE; SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON OCTOBER 27, 2021, PURSUANT TO SECTION 82-503 OF THE CITY CODE, TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED NAME BY A 5/7TH VOTE; AND DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO PROVIDE PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE HEARING CONSISTENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 82-503(A)(5). 

RECOMMENDATION

The City Administration recommends accepting the recommendation of the Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee, at its September 20, 2021 meeting, to approve the naming of the North Shore Park Baseball Fields, located within the North Shore Park and Youth Center, in memory of Manny LaFont, victim of the Surfside Condo Collapse; setting a Public Hearing on October 27, 2021, pursuant to Section 82-503 of the City Code, to consider whether to approve the proposed name by a 5/7th vote; and directing the City Clerk to provide public notice of the hearing consistent with the requirements of Section 82-503(a)(5).

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

During the July 28, 2021 City Commission meeting, a referral to the Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee (“NQLC”) was made to hold a discussion regarding naming the North Shore Baseball fields after Manny LaFont, a victim of the Surfiside condo collapse.

 

At the September 20, 2021 NQLC meeting, the Committee gave a positive recommendation and supported the request to name the baseball fields after Mr. LaFont. 

ANALYSIS

Manny LaFont, father and North Shore Park baseball coach, lost his life at the age of 54 during the tragic Surfside condo collapse on June 24, 2021. Mr. LaFont was a parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach in which his children attended school.

 

North Shore Park was his second home as he coached his son’s baseball team and shared his lifelong passion. He was known the have deeply cared about the development for all the athletes he coached and across the field.

 

With his passing, the kind gesture of naming the North Shore Baseball Fields was proposed.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

N/A

Applicable Area

North Beach
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
Yes No 

Strategic Connection

Non-Applicable
Legislative Tracking
Parks and Recreation
Sponsor
Commissioner Michael Gongora

ATTACHMENTS:
Description
Exhibit A - Referral Memo C4J from July 28, 2021 Commission Meeting
Resolution