The President of the
UEL requested FLASH’s
assistance in designing and facilitating a ¾ day
retreat of the Board of Directors for the purpose
of refining the organization’s focus and drafting
a formal Vision Statement. This retreat took place
on February 19, 2005 at the historic Miami River
Inn with twelve members of the Board attending. The
work of the members is reflected in the transcript
attached. The Board is now considering a follow up
session sometime in the Fall, 2005.
The Urban Environment League of Greater Miami (UEL)
is composed of people from many walks of life who
have one thing in common: A concern for how our
community looks, how it functions, and the integrity
of the government process.
UEL’s Core Principles:
The Urban Environment League is composed of people
from many walks of life who have one think in common:
concern for the community. In particular, the League
is concerned with the appearance and beauty of our
community, the efficiency of its functioning, and
the integrity of its government process.
We recognize and celebrate that South Florida’s
urban environment is alive and changing. However,
we support growth that is consistently and wisely
guided by respect for South Florida’s cultural,
architectural and natural history.
We advocate for design that fosters a varied and
healthy street life and creates an environment that
sustains dynamic neighborhoods.
We advocate for the preservation and enhancement
of public space.
We encourage that streets, parks and public buildings
are for the use of all citizens.
We recognize that there may be commercial uses of
public places and public spaces and public land,
but we support them only if they enhance public access.
We will advocate that proposed new development is
open to public review with citizen participation.
Together with community leaders, we will determine
whether plans promote smart growth rather than suburban
sprawl. We will endeavor to offer alternative models
for the public to consider.
We seek public communication and coordination with
other organizations to broaden understanding of the
context behind local issues.