Friday, September 27, 2013

Liberty City theater named after colorful, controversial late commissioner

Photo courtesy The Miami Herald

Eight years after his death, the life of Arthur Teele remains celebrated by some in Miami. This past July, the city of Miami and District 5 commissioner, Michelle Spence-Jones, remembered Teele with a celebration at Charles Hadley Park.  This week, Spence-Jones dedicated Liberty City's black box theater at Charles Hadley Park in honor of Teele.

From Charles Rabin and The Miami Herald:

Only five weeks before the end of her second and final term in office, Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones followed through on a promise to her district: Naming the theater in Liberty City’s Charles Hadley Park after the late Arthur E. Teele, Jr.
“Today I wanted to do something publicly. We honor the late Arthur Teele,” said Spence-Jones.
The resolution to name the venue after the controversial former city commissioner passed 3-0, with votes from Spence-Jones, Commission Chair Marc Sarnoff and Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort, who once shared the dais with Teele. From now on the theater at 1300 NW 50th St. will be called the Arthur E. Teele Jr. Black Box Theater.  
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