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Promotions, retirements headline NMB council meeting

Two North Miami Beach police captains, Antonio Marciante and Richard Rand, have been promoted to major.

The city council on Tuesday recognized Marciante and Rand in council chambers packed with families and friends.

Marciante, a former Coast Guardsman, began his career with NMB police in October 1989. He rose through the ranks and excelled in each job he was assigned.

Rand began his career with the NMB department in 1997. He, too, performed exceptionally well and rose through the ranks. Rand also was president for the International Union of Police Associations, Local 6005.

“I have seen these guys, basically the last two years that I’ve been here, give 110 percent,” Police Chief William Hernandez said. “It was an easy decision for me to promote these two individuals.”

Also recognized at the meeting: Major Kathy Katerman, who retired from NMB police after serving 28 years.

“Kathy was deserving of every single rank and recently retired as the assistant chief,” Hernandez said.

Said Major Kevin Prescott: “She has got a heart of gold.”

Other recent retirees: Gale Young of North Miami Beach Customer Service and Carlos Rivero, who served NMB in many ways, including working as the city arborist and being an integral part of the planning and zoning department.

OTHER BUSINESS

The city council unanimously passed on second reading an ordinance amending the code regarding floor plan standards for flood hazards.

The amendment removes the eight-foot minimum flood height for properties and instead retains the one-foot above base flood elevation for houses in a special flood hazard area. The amendment should have no effect on insurance fees, council members said.

NEXT MEETING

When: March 1, 2016

Where: North Miami Beach City Hall, 17011 NE 19th Ave.

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