Item Coversheet

New Business and Commission Requests - R9  AM




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

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



SUBJECT:DISCUSSION REGARDING A POTENTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE NAMING ORDINANCE TO ALLOW FOR THE CO-NAMING OF A YET TO BE DETERMINED CITY STREET AS "RABBI SOLOMON SCHIFF WAY" IN RECOGNITION OF THE LATE RABBI'S LEGACY AND IMPACT IN THE MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY.

RECOMMENDATION

The Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee, at its September 20, 2021 meeting, passed a motion to amend the Code for a finite amount of time to allow for this proposed co-naming and moved this item, with a favorable recommendation, to the City Commission for further discussion given the continued amendments to the City's Naming Ordinance.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

At the July 28, 2021 City Commission meeting, Mayor Dan Gelber referred the above-referenced item to the September 2021 Neighborhood and Qualify of Life Committee (“NQLC”) to consider the co-naming of a yet to be determined City street as Rabbi Solomon Schiff Way in recognition of the late Rabbi Solomon Schiff’s legacy and impact in the Miami Beach community, along with any amendment to Section 82-503 of the City Code that may be required to accomplish the co-naming.

 

At the September 20, 2021 NQLC meeting, the Committee passed a motion to amend the Code for a finite amount of time to allow for this proposed co-naming and moved this item with a favorable recommendation to the City Commission for further discussion.  However, during the discussion, the Committee expressed a concern with continuing to amend the Naming Ordinance.  The Committee believes that the current criteria in the Naming Ordinance was intentionally created to limit those categories that would authorize the co-naming of City streets; and the continued amendments to the City’s Naming Ordinance defeat the purpose and intent of the Ordinance by expanding those categories.

 

ANALYSIS

Pursuant to Section 82-503(c)(1)a. of the City Code, for a street co-naming request to be considered, it must meet the following criteria:

 

  1. Miami Beach police officers who died or were killed in the line of duty;
  2. A public facility located on the street to be co-named;
  3. Private not-for-profit organizations with significant historic value to the city and associated with structures which have a significant historical value or architectural significance to the City and which are located on the street, or portion thereof, to be co- named;
  4. Geographic areas within the City;
  5. A commercial establishment that has been in business in the City of Miami Beach for 100 or more years and which is located on the street to be co-named;
  6. Deceased person who served as the spiritual leader of a prominent religious institution in the City of Miami Beach for 35 or more years and resided in the City of Miami Beach (shall automatically sunset on July 1, 2019);
  7. Deceased persons who are known for their role as a gay rights pioneer and as one of the first openly LGBTQ people ever elected to public office in the U.S. (shall automatically sunset on May 1, 2022);
  8. Deceased historical figure who was instrumental in helping Latin American countries achieve independence from the Spanish Empire (shall automatically sunset on July 1, 2022).

 

Given that the request to co-name a yet to be determined street in Miami Beach in honor of the late Rabbi Solomon Schiff does not meet the current criteria in the Naming Ordinance, an amendment would be necessary to accomplish this co-naming request.  If the amendment is approved by the City Commission in two separate readings, the NQLC shall consider the co-naming request and make a recommendation to the City Commission.  If the NQLC recommends in favor of the co- naming, the item would need to be approved by the City Commission by 5/7ths vote following a public hearing.  If approved by the City Commission, the co-naming will need to be subsequently approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC).  Following BCC approval, City staff coordinates with Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works for the fabrication and installation of the new street co-naming signs.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

N/A

CONCLUSION

Given that the request to co-name a yet to be determined street in Miami Beach in honor of the late Rabbi Solomon Schiff does not meet the current criteria in the Naming Ordinance, an amendment would be necessary to accomplish this co-naming request.  The NQLC shall consider the co-naming request and make a recommendation to the City Commission.

 

At its September 20, 2021 meeting, the NQLC passed a motion to move this item, with a favorable recommendation, to the City Commission for further discussion given the Committee's concern with the continued amendments to the City's Naming Ordinance. 

Applicable Area

Not Applicable
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
No No 

Strategic Connection

Non-Applicable
Legislative Tracking
Transportation and Mobility/Office of the City Attorney
Sponsor
Mayor Dan Gelber