The North Miami Beach council on Tuesday celebrated the Chinese New Year.
Councilwoman Barbara Kramer, liaison to the city’s multicultural committee, introduced a proclamation celebrating the year of the monkey.
Kramer presented the proclamation to Winnie Tang of the Organization of Chinese Americans South Florida chapter.
“This joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-American brethren, who have been a part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a person,” Kramer said while reading the proclamation at the meeting.
Tang spoke on the year of the monkey.
“People ask what the year is going to look like,” she said. “We know the monkey is very intelligent, quick and fast to learn something and move on. Also when you see a monkey, they never live alone. They live as a whole group. They have a family. They take care of each other. We all learn how quickly we can adapt to change.”
Tang then introduced Yanhua Foley, who performed a song on a guzheng, a harp-like ancient Chinese harp instrument.
City Manager Ana Garcia commended the city’s response after a tornado on Feb. 16.
“I just want to congratulate our public works department lead by Esmond Scott and our police department lead by Chief William Hernandez and Major Kevin Prescott. We’ve had a multitude of residents to let us know how quickly we responded to the scene,” Garcia said at the meeting.