Hialeah City Council Approves Ordinance to Stop Naming City Properties After Living Persons

The ordinance named “Historic Preservation” was proposed by the mayor of Hialeah, Carlos Hernández.

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:32 AM EDT
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The Hialeah City council approved an ordinance Tuesday that will not allow city properties to be named after living persons, El Nuevo Herald reported.

The ordinance named “Historic Preservation” was proposed by the mayor of Hialeah, Carlos Hernández, and approved in a unanimous vote by all members of the council.

During the short debate, Hernández said this measure was “to serve the community” and pointed that a person’s recognition should be left for the end of one’s life.

In Hialeah, the City Hall is named after former mayor Raúl Martínez and the Roberto Casas Park is named after the former state senator.

Martínez declined to comment Tuesday but he previously told the newspaper that the Hialeah council had the right to approve the resolution.

“Laws are not applied retroactively,” Martínez said. “But if they want to eliminate our names it’s their decision. Hernández or the council cannot erase the history of my 28 years of service.”

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