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Economic Development
For Meeting of:
August 11, 2014
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A Resolution Supporting the Honorary Designation of West Washington Street as the Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman Memorial Highway

At the request of State Senator Geraldine Thompson, it is proposed that the City of Orlando adopt a resolution supporting the State of Florida's efforts to place an honorary designation on West Washington Street between North Hughey Aveneue and John Young Parkway as the Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman memorial highway.  Similarly, Colonial Drive throughout most of the City of Orlando has a designation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. West Washington Street through the Parramore area is a state road, and state Senate Bill 820 has already been passed to accommodate this honorary designation.  All costs for any markers for the honorary designation will be borne by the State.

"Bessie" Coleman was a pioneering aviator, who died in 1926 near Jacksonville, Florida prior to an air show doing what she loved - flying.  She was a resident of the City of Orlando at the time of her death, residing with the Hill's on West Washington Street.  Ms. Coleman was a "barnstorming" pilot, who was the first licensed African-American pilot, and the first American of any ethnicity to receive an international pilots license. 

Ms. Coleman's influence was so prolific that there are streets named for her at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (the City in which she is interned), and Frankfurt International Airport in Germany.  A display on Ms. Coleman is also included in the permanent Aviation and Space exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. Attached is a small biography detailing Ms. Coleman's accomplishments.

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Recommended Action:
Approval of the attached resolution, and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk or Mayor Pro Tempore and City Clerk to execute on behalf of the City upon final review and approval by the City Attorney's office.

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

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Contact: Jason Burton, 407.246.3389 or or Walter Hawkins, 407.246.3190 or
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Bessie_Coleman_Resolution.pdf Draft Resolution Resolution Letter
Bessie_Coleman_Brief_Bio.pdf Brief Biography Resolution Letter

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