|Arva Moore Parks is a historian, author and preservationist in Miami, Florida.|
Commissioner Ken Russell was trying to appoint Arva Moore Parks To the Historic Preservation Board. Hardemon insisted that the slot was his. It was a citizen slot. There were still two other openings: Real Estate Agent and Landscape Architect. Was Hardemon saying that the Black Community is only fit for one slot, that there is no Black Real Estate Agent or Landscape Architect? Why should he claim this opening when Russell had a candidate? All you daffy City Commissioners, stop folding to Hardemon. Arva Moore Parks was a suitable appointment and that should not have been questioned. Parks only qualifies under Number 3 perhaps (she is not an architectural historian by trade) but surely she qualifies under 7. And qualified she is. Hardemon was off-base. They should have voted on this. Russell: Get some cojones when it comes to Hardemon and the rest of you too. He is a bully. I hate bullies. Hardemon just doesn't like Arva because of the Lemon City - Little Haiti naming controversy.
See Al Crespo report on these two commissioners.
More on the Historic Preservation Board:
Composition; appointment. The historic and environmental preservation board (hereinafter referred to as the "board") shall consist of nine members and one alternate member, to be appointed by the city commission.
Qualifications. It is intended that members and alternate members of the board established by this article be persons of knowledge, experience, mature judgment, and background, having ability and desire to act in the public interest and representing, insofar as may be possible, the various special professional training, experience, and interests required to make informed and equitable decisions concerning preservation and protection of the physical environment. To that end, qualifications of members and alternate members shall be as follows:
1. One member shall be an architect registered in the state.
2. One member shall be a landscape architect registered in the state.
3. One member shall be a historian or architectural historian qualified by means of education or experience and having demonstrated knowledge and interest in county history or architectural history.
4. One member shall be an architect or architectural historian having demonstrated knowledge and experience in architectural restoration and historic preservation
5. One member shall be an experienced real estate broker licensed by the state.
6.One member shall be a person experienced in the field of business and finance or law.
7.Three members shall be citizens with demonstrated knowledge and interest in the historic and architectural heritage of the city and/or conservation of the natural environment, and may also qualify under any of the above categories.
One alternate member shall qualify under one of the above categories.