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Demonstration at Miami Commission Meeting on Virginia Key Beach Trust Control – NBC 6 South Florida

ByChad J. Johnson

Oct 27, 2022

Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday to demand Miami commissioners give up their takeover of the Virginia Key Beach Trust.

Protesters gathered outside Miami City Hall and then fought inside the rooms. They began chanting “restore trust” during a meeting break, and some protesters were escorted outside.

Members of the black community and other supporters of the Trust want the board returned to its original members, like Gene Tinnie, one of the original co-founders.

Virginia Key Beach was the first beach in Miami that black members of the community could legally visit during the Jim Crow era.

“Gross injustice,” Tinnie said of the commission takeover.

Commission Chair Christine King now leads the new 7-member Board of Directors, made up of her fellow City Commission members, and two other positions still open.

“Nothing is being done to access the money that voters voted for, to make Virginia Key Beach better,” King told NBC 6’s Jawan Strader, echoing the commissioner’s criticism of the board. home administration.

Miami Commissioner Christine King will discuss the Virginia Key on Voices controversy with Jawan Strader.

“The full audit report totally proves that there was no mismanagement, no wrongdoing of course,” Tinnie replied. “No one is perfect, but for sure these allegations turned out to be totally false.”