Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Melvin J. Richard
Melvin J. Richard
Melvin J. Richard came to Miami Beach in 1926 at the age of 14. His first labor for the young city was digging ditches for its water pipes, at 35 cents an hour. In 1934, at age 22, he became the 6th attorney in the city. In 1941, at age 29 he became City Judge. On June 7, 1949, he was elected to the City Council, a post he would hold for 16 years. On June 4, 1963 he was elected Mayor of Miami Beach.
He was known for his uncompromising honesty, and yielded to the control of no man or woman, except his wife, Janet. He successfully fought to keep the beaches open to the public, to keep organized crime at bay, to keep Lincoln Road a pedestrian thoroughfare, and for many other noble causes.
He died on February 12, 2001, at age 89, still practicing law, and still speaking out publicly for causes in which he believed. In all of these years he left the city and his family only once, from 1943 to 1946, to serve the nation and the city as a decorated naval officer in the European Theater of World War II.
This rotunda was designed and built under his watch as Mayor and Councilman, between 1962
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 12, 2001.
Location. 25° 47.843′ N, 80° 7.722′ W. Marker is in Miami Beach, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Collins Avenue south of 22nd Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker is on the northeast corner of Collins Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miami Beach FL 33139, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. José Martí (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlos J. Finlay (about 300 feet away); Simón Bolívar (about 500 feet away); Jackie Gleason (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln Road Mall (approx. half a mile away); First Church on Miami Beach (approx. 0.6 miles away); Egyptian Filling Station (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.