• Date: May 23, 2005

    Students Re-enact First Miami Beach Commission Meeting
    -- In Celebration of Municipal Clerks Week & City's 90th Birthday -

    View the video of the 2005 Mock Commission Meeting

    Miami Beach, FL -- The City of Miami Beach will hold a Mock Commission meeting on Monday, May 16, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., in celebration of National Municipal Clerk's Week and the 90th anniversary of the City of Miami Beach. Miami Beach High School drama students will re-enact the City's first Board of Alderman meeting held that was held on April 6, 1915. The re-enactment will take place in the current City Commission Chambers, 1700 Convention Center Drive, third floor, Miami Beach.

    Miami Beach was incorporated 90 years ago on March 26, 1915. Miami Beach's first official meeting included seven Aldermen (today, they are called commissioners): C.H. Perry, H.H. Filer, T.E. James, Thos. J. Pancoast, W.E. Brown, W. E. Norton, and F.C.B. LeGro; and Clerk and Ex-officio Tax Assessor J.F. Canova, and Marshall & Ex-officio Tax Collector John W.R. Maginnis. Among the discussions held that first meeting were a proposed boardwalk from the casino/bath house to Joe's Food stand; the storage of gas and oil at the south end of Alton Road (causeway had not been built); and a suggestion to form committees to regulate board/sidewalks, establish schools, post office and oil/gas storage.

    Guest speaker at the event is Dr. Abraham Lavender, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Florida International University and president of the Miami Beach Historical Association. Students portraying roles are Jan Vleeschouwer, Brittaney Gareth, Ashley Newton, Elliot Castellanos, Luis Lindao, and Cris Obanbo.

    Municipal Clerk's Week is celebrated nationwide during the week of May 16 - 20, 2005. This is the third year that students participate in a Miami Beach mock commission meeting. Also during this week, electronic presentations will be shown at the Miami Beach City Hall City Clerk Department's front counter; a historic exhibit is on display on the fourth floor of City Hall, and a time capsule was buried last month in commemoration of the City's 90th birthday.

    To request this material in accessible format, sign language interpreters, information on access for persons with disabilities, and/or any accommodation to review any document or participate in any city-sponsored proceeding, please contact 305-604-2489 (voice) or 305-673-7218 (TTY) five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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