South Miami passes resolution calling for 51st state

Resolution seeks to make 24 counties part of new South Florida


SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. – One South Florida city wants to see the region become its own state.

VOTE: Should South Florida become the 51st state?

The city of South Miami passed a resolution earlier this month in favor of splitting the state in half.

Vice Mayor Walter Harris, who drafted the resolution, claims Tallahassee isn't providing South Florida with proper representation.

"Tallahassee doesn't really, I'm sorry to say, care too much about South Florida," Harris said during the city's commission meeting.

Mayor Philip K. Stoddard agreed.

"South Florida would be better off making its own rules," Stoddard told Local 10 News on Wednesday.

The resolution, passed by a 3-2 vote and adopted Oct. 7, calls for the "creation of the 51st state," citing the amount of state revenue collected in South Florida and the dangers of global warming and rising sea level in the region. The resolution calls the creation of South Florida as a state "a necessity for the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida."

READ: Resolution

Commissioners Gabriel Edmond and Josh Liebman were the two dissenting votes.

"No state has ever been able to separate from one region to another," Edmond said in a telephone interview with Local 10. "It's just never happened."

Residents who spoke with Local 10 about the resolution called it "silly" and "ridiculous."

A total of 24 counties would make up the proposed new state, with the northern border being Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Secession requires approval from each of those counties, the state of Florida and the U.S. Congress.

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