MIAMI (AP) — Miami city commissioners heard two hours of debate over setting official boundaries for the Little Haiti neighborhood, but they made no decision on the issue.
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones backed the push to set boundaries for a cultural or neighborhood conservation district. Her term ends next month, and The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/HfTsZ6 ) reports that Spence-Jones asked the administration and the city's planning department Thursday to continue discussing the subject with residents and neighborhood groups.
The debate divided Spence-Jones' constituents. Haitian community leaders largely supported the official recognition for the neighborhood where immigrants fleeing Haiti settled in the 1970s and 1980s.
Critics such as preservationist Enid Pinkney said the historic neighborhoods now largely encompassed by Little Haiti risked losing their identity. Some property owners worried about more bureaucracy and deterring potential investors.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com