Boynton Beach to Repeal Segregationist Laws

In Boynton Beach, Florida, the city commissioners have made the decision to repeal three city ordinances that were established to segregate residential areas based on race. These ordinances, which date back to 1924, designated specific areas as the “Negro District” and the “White District” within the town of Boynton.

A third ordinance, passed in 1933, imposed restrictions on individuals 18 years and older, prohibiting them from loitering or wandering in the opposite race’s segregated district after a certain hour in the evening. The rationale behind this ordinance was to uphold public peace, welfare, harmony, and good order within the community.

Mayor Ty Penserga expressed the need to move away from the discriminatory past, stating, “These ordinances are part of our history, but they won’t be a part of our future.” He emphasized that while these ordinances have not been enforced for many years, it is imperative to remove them from the city’s legal framework. Mayor Penserga further asserted that Boynton Beach stands against segregation and racism.

The city commissioners are set to formally repeal these outdated ordinances during their upcoming meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at City Hall. This decision marks a significant step towards fostering inclusivity and equality within Boynton Beach, as the city continues to strive towards a more unified and diverse community.

The repeal of these discriminatory ordinances serves as a testament to the city’s commitment to progress and inclusivity. By taking this bold action, Boynton Beach is sending a clear message that segregation and racism have no place in the city’s present or future. It is a move towards creating a more equitable and welcoming environment for all residents, regardless of their race or background.

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