Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Portion of Northwest 167th Street named for Miami Gardens church

The City Council met Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The main item

With dozens of parishioners in the audience Wednesday night, the Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel received approval to have a portion of Northwest 167th Street named after the church.

The city council voted 5-2 to designate the street from Northwest 29th to 32nd Avenue as “Emmanuel Boulevard.” Council members Lillie Odom and David Williams voted against it.

Councilwoman Lisa Davis and some audience members expressed concerns that granting the renaming could lead to other churches wanting the same designation. Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro said the item was based on the church’s work in the community and the item wasn’t setting a new precedent.

“There have been streets named after churches in Miami Gardens, there have been streets named after pastors in Miami Gardens,” Ighodaro said.

Other business

▪ Business incubator: The council approved an item to create the space, to encourage start-up and small business development, at the current Miami Gardens police headquarters. The department is expected to move to the city’s municipal complex by year’s end.

▪ Arts center: The city manager was granted approval to seek outside funding and sponsorships to bring an arts and cultural center to the city. The building will be located near City Hall and share space with the city’s proposed culinary arts center.

They said it

“I like body cameras, I want us to have them.” — Mayor Oliver Gilbert, regarding a resident asking if the city is considering the technology for its police department.

You said it

“Please don’t give us anyone with known background baggage, don’t do that again.” — Former County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson, speaking on the city’s search for a new police chief.

The next meeting

▪ When: May 27 at 7:00 p.m.

▪ Where: Miami Gardens City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens