October 23, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) A resolution has been passed by officials in the City of South Miami in favor of the state of Florida being split into two separate states.
The resolution for secession, which can be viewed here, was passed by the city’s Commission on October 7th by a vote of 3-2 with both the Mayor and Vice Mayor voting in support of forming the 51st state.
South Florida, which would be the name of the new state, feels detached from state capital in Tallahassee, chiefly in matters concerning climate change and rising sea levels.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Vice Mayor Walter Harris, the proposer of the resolution stated, “We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can’t really get it done in Tallahassee,” Harris said. “I don’t care what people think — it’s not a matter of electing the right people.”
Mayor Philip Stoddard echoed his colleague’s sentiment. “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” Stoddard said. “They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”
Commissioners Gabriel Edmond and Josh Liebman were the two ‘Nay’ votes.
Leibman bellowed his apprehension saying, “I just want you guys to be careful because if you vote for this you’re setting a precedent that if other people in this city don’t like our representation or feel we’re not responsive to them they might say ‘we want to break away from the city of South Miami’.”
Although it was suggested that a Central Florida city could become South Florida’s state capital, a location has not yet been chosen.
South Florida would include 24 counties.
The next step in succession is for officials in the proposed counties of South Florida to vote on the resolution. Before South Florida could officially become the 51st state, it would require consent from the entire State of Florida and Congressional approval.
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