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To avoid embarrassing street names, Miami-Dade will check backgrounds of future candidates


Last year, Hialeah and Miami-Dade politicians attended a ceremony to rename a stretch of Southeast 10th Avenue "Banah Sweet Way" in honor of Banah Sugar, a sugar processing company that promised to hire up to 300 workers.

The officials later found out that the firm's owner had served prison time for cocaine trafficking. Banah filed for bankruptcy in February, without ever hiring all the workers it promised. (More on Banah's bankruptcy here.)

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners signed off on a new policy to avoid similar embarrassments in the future. The county will now require the board's auditor to complete a background check on any "person, organization, place or thing" under consideration for a naming.

"This will only give us background on anything we do," said Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, who sponsored the item.

The measure was approved unanimously and without discussion.