Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1216 By Senator Jones 35-00802-21 20211216__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to renaming transportation facilities; 3 revising the names of specified transportation 4 facilities; directing the Department of Transportation 5 to take all steps necessary within budgeted funds to 6 implement the renaming; providing for certain 7 approvals by affected municipalities and Miami-Dade 8 County before new road signage is installed on 9 specified transportation facilities; authorizing the 10 county to designate an official to facilitate the 11 local renaming notification process; authorizing the 12 county to seek written concurrence from the United 13 States Postmaster General of the transportation 14 facility name changes and to provide a copy of such 15 concurrence to the Traffic Engineering and Operations 16 Office within the department; requiring the department 17 to determine a transition period for the renaming of 18 the transportation facilities; requiring that existing 19 names of such transportation facilities remain as 20 aliases during the transition period until the 21 renaming is fully implemented; requiring that signage 22 be removed and replaced in a phased approach; 23 prohibiting persons or entities affected by the name 24 changes from being required to update state driver 25 licenses and identification cards, state and local 26 licenses, permits, registration, and similar 27 authorizations until expiration or in the normal 28 course of renewal or replacement; providing 29 construction; providing an effective date. 30 31 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 32 33 Section 1. Renaming of specified roads as South Harriet 34 Tubman Highway and West Harriet Tubman Highway; implementation.— 35 (1) That portion of South Dixie Highway/U.S. 1/S.R. 5 from 36 the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line to S.R. 9A/I-95 Northbound in 37 Miami-Dade County is renamed “South Harriet Tubman Highway/U.S. 38 1/S.R. 5.” 39 (2) That portion of West Dixie Highway/S.R. 909 from N.E. 40 119th Street to N.E. 163rd Street in Miami-Dade County is 41 renamed “West Harriet Tubman Highway/S.R. 909.” 42 (3) The Department of Transportation is directed to take 43 all steps necessary within previously budgeted funds to 44 implement the renaming as described in subsections (1) and (2). 45 (4) Before signage is installed within the jurisdiction of 46 an affected municipality, the governing body of that 47 municipality shall hold a public hearing and approve the road 48 renaming. Notwithstanding this requirement or any other 49 provision of state law, nothing shall prevent signage from being 50 installed in a particular municipality or the unincorporated 51 area of Miami-Dade County once that municipality or the county, 52 as appropriate, has approved the renaming. 53 (5) Miami-Dade County may designate an official to 54 facilitate the local renaming notification process, which may 55 include the county’s submission of a formal letter or comparable 56 electronic correspondence to the Traffic Engineering and 57 Operations Office within the Department of Transportation, all 58 local affected municipalities, the property appraiser and local 59 address authority, E911, local law enforcement agencies, utility 60 providers, the local authority responsible for street signs, the 61 public works departments, animal services departments, and 62 affected property owners, notifying these persons and entities 63 of the renaming and outlining how the county will change 64 references to the road name on signage and other traffic control 65 devices. 66 (6) Within 60 days after the effective date of this act, 67 Miami-Dade County may seek a written concurrence from the United 68 States Postmaster General of the approved name change, and may 69 provide a copy thereof to the Traffic Engineering and Operations 70 Office within the Department of Transportation. 71 (7) The Department of Transportation shall determine a 72 transition period during which the renaming process will be 73 fully implemented. The existing road names specified in 74 subsections (1) and (2) must remain as aliases during the 75 transition period until the renaming is fully implemented and 76 all preexisting signage bearing the former names has been 77 replaced. 78 (8) Signage bearing the former road names must be removed 79 and replaced in a phased approach in accordance with the 80 standard practice and normal timeframe of sign maintenance and 81 replacement so as to mitigate the fiscal impact of this act. 82 (9) Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, any 83 person or entity whose home or business address is affected by 84 this act may not be required to update any state driver license, 85 state identification card, or other state or local license, 86 permit, registration, or similar authorization until expiration 87 or in the normal course of renewal or replacement. 88 (10) This act may not be construed to require: 89 (a) The expenditure of funds by the Department of 90 Transportation beyond those already allocated to it for the 91 specified purpose as of the effective date of this act. 92 (b) Any business or other entity to change the name of its 93 business or other identifying information, business cards, or 94 stationary or incur other such expenses as a result of the 95 renaming. 96 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.