|The Escambia BCC voted 3-2 today to move the naming of the replacement 3-Mile Bridge to a citizen's committee... a good decision for all!|
Today the Escambia BCC voted by a 3-2 margin to go with a committee approach to the idea of renaming the 3-Mile Bridge over Pensacola Bay that currently carries the official designation of the "Philip D. Beall Sr. Memorial Bridge."
A local citizen's group had come in with a request that we adopt their plan to rename the structure for a local war hero-- with no additional consideration-- and to the detriment of the Beall family--as to do this would strip the Beall name from the bridge.
Nobody is saying, outright, NO WAY!
Folks are just asking that we consider alternatives.
Can we compromise and do a dual designation that honors both families? How about we find a way to honor General Chappie James without stripping an honor away from the Beall family?
How about we name the airport at Pensacola for Chappie and keep the bridge named for Beall?
Taking a step back and listenting to stakeholders for a decision of this magnitude is smart, and I commend the board for not kowtowing to the loudest voices in the room and holding fast today with a vote to impanel a committee of concerned citizens to help us with this decision.
This was the wise, measured, and rational way to proceed on this issue!