On the south end of the Palmetto Bay Boardwalk, there’s an imposing structure that’s a nod to its namesake, a Confederate-era naval ship that was sunk by Japanese forces during World War II.
In the past decade, a number of prominent local residents have been pushing for the name to be changed to the more inclusive “Rosemary Beach.”
The Palmetton Boardwalk Association, a nonprofit organization of residents and local business owners, is a strong supporter of the new name, said the association’s executive director, James McAllister.
But, he added, the association has never been officially involved in the process.
“Rosemarie Beach is a local name, but that’s not the only thing that makes it a local thing,” McAllisters said.
I know they’re not going to put it in front of the public as a political statement.” “
I’m sure if they change it, it’s going to be an issue that they’ll be happy about.
I know they’re not going to put it in front of the public as a political statement.”
The association says it has been involved in efforts to change the name since at least 2009.
The association has held a series of public meetings on the issue, McAllsister said, including one last month.
The group has been approached by local residents and businesses who want the name changed, but has been unable to sway them, he said.
That’s because of the ongoing controversy over Confederate symbols on public beaches.
The Association of Southeast Florida Restaurants, which represents more than 600 restaurants in the area, said in a statement last month that the association is working on “rethinking our association’s approach to Confederate symbols, including symbols that are associated with the South.”
McAllssiers, the Palm Beach County Board of Supervisors chairman, said he hopes the association will change its approach to the name.
He also said he wants to encourage the local business community to contact their state or federal representatives to discuss the issue.
“It’s important for us to come together as a community to try to make sure that the state of Florida is aware of this issue,” Mcallisters said, noting that some of the state’s largest corporations have ties to the Confederacy.
McAllers said the name change is not a new issue.
A few years ago, the area was under a name change, he noted.
“That was in the 1960s, and it’s never happened again.
That was one of the reasons I decided to change it.
The name is Rosemary.
That makes it very inclusive, and people know it.
It’s very well-known.”
But he said the area’s history is not so well-documented and there are still a number references to the Civil War.
The local chapter of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups, recently said that Rosemary was the first Confederate symbol to be removed from a public beach in Florida.
The SPLC’s annual report said the Rosemary Boardwalk was “the first of its kind in the state.”
The group’s president, Andrew Napolitano, also said the Southern California beach had been under a Confederate symbol until the 1990s.
He added that the Rosemarie boardwalk is not necessarily connected to the Confederate flag, which has been banned from the area.
But he noted that the area is home to numerous Confederate statues and statues of Confederate generals.
In June, the Southern Baptist Convention, a major national Christian denomination, came out against the removal of the Confederate Flag from the Rosemary Boardwalk.
The U.S. Department of Justice has also been working on the matter, with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights working with the Palm County Board and the Department to remove Confederate symbols from public beaches, including the Rose Mary boardwalk.
Rosemary is a city in Florida and about 40 miles north of Miami.
The city of Naples is located in the same area and has about the same population as Rosemary, but the beaches are separated by water.
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