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In addition to three commission races, Miami Beach voters will have to vote on six referenda when they head to the polls. The fourth referendum reads like this:
In April 2019, the City began construction of a 5.8-acre public park on what is currently a surface parking lot, known as the main Convention Center Park/P-Lot (located generally west of Convention Center Drive, east of Meridian Avenue, and between 18th and 19th Streets). The park will include wandering paths around a central lawn, a play and fitness area, and a Veterans Plaza. Shall the new park be named “Pride Park”?
This is pretty much the most straightforward referendum on the ballot. It simply asks voters to approve — or not — the name of a planned park that will be located across the street from the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The “Pride Park” name was recommended by the city’s Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee after months of public outreach and public input.
Naming the space anything other than “Convention Center Park” would require a referendum, because the city’s charter requires “any proposed naming, or renaming of a public facility approved by the city commission must be approved by a 5/7ths vote, and must be submitted to the electorate of the city by referendum at the next regularly scheduled election.” So that’s why it’s going before voters now.
If you vote yes, you’re supporting naming the park “Pride Park”
If you vote no, you’re opposing naming the park “Pride Park”
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