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Jimmy Buffett’s proposed highway in Florida

Jimmy Buffett’s proposed highway in Florida

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Musician Jimmy Buffett performs a concert on the beach in 2010 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


Soon, you may be able to cruise on a Florida highway named after the singer Jimmy Buffett While listening to his album A1A called The Road.

A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill Friday to rename State Route A1A, a coastal highway that runs from Key West in the south to Fernandina Beach in the north, in honor of Buffett.

The singer who blended tropical sounds with country music died a month ago Merkel cell carcinoma. The 76-year-old has entertained audiences for more than five decades with his tales of the people and places he met on the road.

His audience subscribed to his vision of a life filled with flip-flops, beaches, boats and alcohol.

State Rep. Chuck Clemons, a Republican, introduced House Bill 91 on Friday to grant “honorary designation” to certain portions of State Route A1A in select counties, according to invoice.

If the bill is approved, the state road would be renamed the “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway” in all Florida counties on the East Coast.

“All those portions of SR A1A located in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval and Nassau counties” would receive the new highway name, if it passes.

Florida’s 2024 legislative session begins in January.

While Buffett was born in Mississippi and raised in Alabama, Florida was a special place for him.

He took a “fateful” trip to Key West in 1971, which inspired him to combine his love of music, travel and storytelling, he says. His website. There he found his voice as a songwriter.

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for him A1A album It was released in December 1974 and included the song “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season”, which mentions the Coastal Highway.