Question 4 of 6 on this year’s ballot for Miami Beach voters asks if the new park west of the Convention Center should be named Pride Park. The 5.8-acre public park is nearing completion on what was previously a surface parking lot.
According to the Miami Beach Voter’s Guide, City Code requires a referendum “to approve the naming of an exterior portion of a city facility, including a city park.”
The name was proposed by Mayor Dan Gelber in April when the Commission was considering potential options. Citing a Pride Park in Melbourne, Florida, Gelber said, “There aren’t that many others. It’s a great name and it represents a lot of what our city is.”
“It’s one of those words that can mean different things to different people,” Gelber said. “Obviously, pride and our Pride parade and our pride in the LGBTQ community has become, really, part of who we are intrinsically, but I also feel like this is almost a veterans park and pride also touches upon that,” he said referring to the veterans memorial that will be located in the park.
“Our city has pride. I think it, in a very optimistic way, reflects who we are as a city and who we aspire to be,” Gelber concluded in suggesting the name.
If over 50% of voters agree, the name will be Pride Park. The question asks for a Yes or No vote.
Miami Beach Convention Center Park: Name it Pride Park?:
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