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.
   31  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.