I used to own a few hardware stores in Miami. My dad — Ewan Dexter Saunders, a pioneer here in Miami — and my mom started the one on Coral Way and 27th Avenue in 1940. After Hurricane Andrew, we moved and operated Sunset Drive and Southwest 87th Avenue until I retired several years ago.
The point of this letter is to urge Miami officials to not change Lemon City to Little Haiti. There is much too much history connected with Lemon City. Our history is changing everyday to where we folks who have been here for centuries have been forgotten. Please read the book, Lemon City: Pioneering on Biscayne Bay by Thelma Peters. Our culture and language is all but gone. It should not disappear forever.
Edward Dexter Saunders, Miami