South Delaney Avenue Renamed Martin Luther King BLVD
An important meeting is going to take place on Wednesday January 8th, 2014, at the City Council Chambers located next to City Hall in Avon Park, FL, facilitated by the Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency (The CRA) Southside District. Be there if you care! It was voted on today 12/11/2013 by the Southside CRA to continue this discussion in a public forum to decide on what street will be renamed Martin Luther King BLVD, in Avon Park, FL. Because we are one of the only city’s that do not have one. The time has come for us to catch up with mainstream America and honor the work of Dr. King and brand our community with some pride.
There is no street in the Southside Redevelopment Area more significant for the renaming to Martin Luther King BLVD than South Delaney Avenue, because it represents the core of the black community and black businesses here in AvonPark, which is not without its problems that must be addressed. And with the high crime rate that now exist on this street, I will explain why it is imperative that it becomes the new Martin Luther King BLVD in AvonPark.
Also understand that there is a lot of money about to be spent in the development of the Southside redevelopment Area. And I think that the renaming of South Delaney Avenue should be conditional to this grant money also being spent to revitalize the now South Delaney Avenue. I am not sure, but I believe the grant is to the tune of $700,000 to $900,000. To be used to fix the streets, sidewalks, perhaps build a park, add lighting and other scenery. I think this investment will bring forth added police presence to our area and like a CRA advisory board member Arnold Davis said, when you turn on the lights, the roaches will scatter. These may not have been his exact words, but it was to this effect.
I think this should be planned with due diligence and security measures should be on the top of the list in these community upgrades. I think by the city making this capital investment in our community and the renaming of this street to Martin Luther King BLVD, it will create not only a safer area for all of us, but will create pride in our community, something that is now gone. Like a person said at the meeting, Martin Luther King BLVD should be a place whereby the community keeps it up and not just the city.
Things I would like to see on the new Martin Luther King BLVD is security cameras on our light poles and streets, I think this will add more beauty to our community than any palm trees could ever provide. On Hal McRae BLVD they added palm trees to beautify it and no sooner than they did, someone crashed into one of them and died. Whereby security cameras will reduce street crimes and gun violence which would bring the opposite effect, it would save lives and make our community a safer place. I think a community park for people to play checkers and hangout is fine or even a building whereby children and adults alike could use it, but more helpful to our community would be a police substation. There is a law enforcement blackout on our streets and this must addressed and the renaming and capital investment of Delaney Avenue would change our whole community.
Delaney Avenue encompasses businesses, homes, churches and a football field and extends to Main Street. It is a main road crossing through the black community. South Delaney Avenue is more significant than Hal McRae BLVD, because it connects to our Main Street prior to connecting to Highway 27 and Highway 64 on one end and Memorial Drive on the other. But it is not without its problems, it has been taken over by young thugs who are destroying the community with petty crimes and senseless violence. South Delaney Avenue is in the midst of a redlining district and businesses are being forced to go out of business and the renaming and capital investment to this street would certainly turn this around, making all of the Southside Redevelopment Area a better place to live.
If you agree with what I am saying, when asked to sign the petition, requesting the CRA to endorse the renaming of South Delaney Avenue to Martin Luther King BLVD and the capital investment of this street to include security measures to reduce crime in this area, please sign it. This would be a huge step towards the City Council signing it into law
Frank Paul Jones
President of the NCNCHINC
“Building a better community”