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2003-44 SUPPORTING H.R. 2538RESOLUTION NO. 2003- a a A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING H.R. 2538, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 400 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE IN MIAMI, FLORIDA AS THE "WILKIE D. FERGUSON, JR., UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE"; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, H.R. 2538, sponsored by House of Representative members Alcee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln-Diaz Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart, Peter Deutsch, Corrine Brown, Robert Wexler, Mark Foley, Ander Crenshaw, Allen Boyd, Jeff Miller, Katherine Harris, C.W. Bill Young, Adam H. Putnam, Tom Feeney, Ginny Brown-Waite, Ric Keller, Jim Davis, Porter J. Goss and Kendrick B. Meek purposes to designate the United States courthouse located at 400 North Miami Avenue as the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., United States Courthouse; and WHEREAS, the late U.S. District Court Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson was an exceptional public servant, jurist and role model and an American success story; and WHEREAS, Judge Ferguson's reputation for fairness and hard work preceded his elevation to the federal bench - the second black federal judge in the Southern District of Florida; and WHEREAS, this writer and scholar presided over several significant cases; his judicial legacy included a 1980 Circuit Court ruling that blacks cannot be systematically excluded from a jury; his rulings have also been credited with improving the lives of thousand of disabled persons; in 1996, for example, he ordered the state not to cut disability services by about 40 percent. WHEREAS, Judge Ferguson was an exemplary jurist - experienced, fair, compassionate, knowledgeable and firmly committed to justice. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA AS FOLLOWS: Section 1: Support of H.R. 2538. The City Council hereby supports supporting H.R. 2538, a bill, to designate the United States Courthouse located at 400 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida as the "Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., United States Courthouse Section 2: Directions to the City Clerk. The City Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to United States Congressman Kendrick Meek. Section 3: Effective Date. This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon adoption. ¨ t ' PASSED and ADOPTED this i n day of riPf^pmhf^T- , 2003. ATTEST: Ronetta Taylor, CJ City Clerk Shifl^^ibson, Mayor APPROVED AS TO FORM AND LEGAL SUFFRICIENCY: yHansOhk^t, InteMm City Attorney Moved by: coiinrilman Rratton Seconded by: Councilwoman King VOTE: Mayor Gibson _x_ (Yes) Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell ^(Yes) Councilman Melvin L. Bratton (Yes) Councilman Oscar Braynon, II (Yes) Councilwoman Audrey J. King (Yes) Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett (Yes) Councilwoman Barbara Watson v (Yes) _(No) _(No) _(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) Resolution support H.R. 2538 ITEM NO. lOA City of Miami gardens 17801 NW 2"'' Avenue, Suite 201 Miami Gardens, Rorida 33169 Mayor Shirley Gibson Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Councilman Melvin L. Bratton Councilman Oscar Braynon II Councilwoman Audrey King Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett Councilwoman Barbara Watson MEMCRANDIM To: The Honorable Mayor & City Council From: Aaron Campbell, Vice Mayor Date: December 3, 2003 Re: Resolution supporting H.R. 2538 RECOMMENDATION: The attached resolution is presented for your consideration. REASONS: This resolution supports the United States House of Representative members in their effort to designate the United States Courthouse located at 400 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida as the "Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr., United States Courthouse.