Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Whiting St. to be named after Capt. Jim Ghilain

That's the news from Alderdude Fred and while I might normally be opposed to the town renaming streets in the interests of preserving what short history we have, this time I am not. Capt. Jim - founder of Jim's Pier - was integral to the forming and shaping of the town of South Padre Island from the very beginning. I understand that back before we had actual streets, Capt. Jim built, paved and maintained Whiting St. until the town took over. This is not just some random drive by rename.

As Alderman Ridolfi put it:
“While the whiting fish is a wonderful species, it had no personality, business sense nor contributed the many services to our community. We are honoring people who honored our town with their life and dedication to provide thousands of residents and visitors the best they had to offer.”

I understand the street's residents were polled and in favor of the switch and so am I. However, I do hope this doesn't set a precedent for other street renamings. I like living on another planet (though "sandyfeet street" does have sort of a nice ring to it, don't you think? ;-)


Blogger Sam said...

Sandy Feet Street - hey I wonder if they would go for Sammy Whammy Street too? Chefette Avenue? Amazing Boulevard? We must be trying to give that poor postmaster a nervous breakdown or something.

By all accounts, though, Cap'n Jim deserved it and that was good.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds as though the good Captain is worthy of such honors. My only concern would involve the cost to any (if there are any) business that is located on that street.---Advertizing literature and signs would all have to be changed, as well as all business forms.

But then, business in SPI isn't business in Dallas. Here, business owners would be hollering at the next City Council meeting.

With all the new construction on SPI, a new street could offer the honors without causing inconvenience to anyone. Just a thought.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at Amberjack's for two years and waited on Jim many many times. What a wonderful man! If I still lived there, I'd certainly vote for Jim Street!

4:30 PM  

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