Answer: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!
For thousands of years the Tequesta people lived in South Florida, but disease brought by the Spanish and migration saw the area virtually uninhabited by the time of the "Seminole." The Seminole Indians were originally displaced tribes and marooned slaves who fled to Florida in the early 19th century. After the Seminole Wars, it is thought that only a few hundred Seminoles remained in the entire state, taking refuge in the Everglades. 1 2
When Frank Stranahan opened up his trading post (and thereby founding modern day Fort Lauderdale) in the 1890's, we see one of the first historical mentions of Stranahan Park - it was where Seminole traders would make camp every winter when they came into town. 3
Not a whole lot of interest seems to have happened in Stranahan Park in the next 100 years. The Main Library is completed in 1984. At some point, the park becomes a focal point for chronically homeless people. And the Women's Club, aggressively seeking new funding for needed renovations, doesn't seem to like that. 5 6 7
In the 2000's, homeless advocacy and mutual aid groups fight off several attempts at being shut down, most notably "Arnold Abbott v. City of Fort Lauderdale." The City loses most of these battles. 8 9
|Woman tackled and arrested for |
questioning police brutality in park, 1.23.2014
|Park closed by Women's Club, Friday 6.13.14|
|Stranahan Park on Broward County Property Appraiser's website|
Regardless, it's time to kill this stupid, harmful lie with the truth. Would you like to contact the Fort Lauderdale Women's Club/"Friends of the Stranahan Botanical Garden," the FLPD, or the City of Fort Lauderdale and ask them why their people are spreading lies to prevent people from accessing a park that has been public for as long as the City has existed?
Fort Lauderdale Women's Club: 954-761-9407
Mayor Jack Seiler 954-828-5003, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter
Lee R. Feldman, City Manager, 954-828-5013, email@example.com Twitter
Vice Mayor/Commissioner Rogers, 954-828-5004, RRogers@fortlauderdale.gov.
Commissioner Roberts (Also ex-Chief of Police) 954-828-5033, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissioner Trantalis 954-828-5923, DTrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov.
Commissioner DuBose 954-828-5004, BDuBose@fortlauderdale.gov. Twitter
Police Chief Frank Adderly: (954)828-5590, FAdderley@fortlauderdale.gov
Twitter for FLPD & Police Chief Frank Adderly
That's all for now, see you in the commons!