During a Broward County Commissioner’s meeting on May 4th, the Commissioners voted unanimously to rename a portion of Northwest Sixth Court, between Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale, as Alcee Hastings Street.
The name change takes place June 15 on NW 8th Street from NW 27th Avenue to NW 31st Avenue.
The proposal was initially introduced by Jamaican-born Commissioner Dale Holness back in February. But several commissioners had objected, saying that county laws did not support renaming a street after someone who was still alive.
Congressman Hastings died on April 6th and the proposal was again put forward to commissioners during this week’s meeting. Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson was one of the state officials who called in to support the proposal.
“For more than two decades, Congressman Hastings was a tireless advocate on environmental issues, universal access to healthcare, immigration reforms and racial justice. And throughout a serious battle with cancer, he continued to fight for his district. Renaming the county road after Congressman Hastings would not only be a great tribute to someone who served his constituency well, but one that he nobly earned and richly deserved,” she said.
The son of Congressman Hastings, Dr. Alcee “Jody” Hastings II also visited the meeting to thank the commissioners, especially Dale Holness for choosing to honor his late father.
For his part, Commissioner Holness said that he, like many other elected officials in the county, would not be where they are today if it wasn’t for Congressman Hastings. He said that Hastings was a champion for Florida residents, especially African-Americans and immigrants.
“He has championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children, and immigrants. His legislative priorities included creating jobs and economic opportunities for middle-class working poor families and making our country more safe and secure,” Holness said.
Last month, Dale Holness announced his bid for congress to take over for Hastings in Florida’s District 20. The primary election for the seat will take place on November 2nd, with a general election to be held on January 11, 2022.