Commissioner Melissa McKinlay won't support renaming US Highway 27 for former President Donald Trump

Palm Beach County leader says any signage would require act of local government
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Posted at 12:06 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 12:34:47-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Palm Beach County commissioner said she would not back a Florida lawmaker's attempt to name a state highway after former President Donald Trump.

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Clermont, announced earlier this week that he would be sponsoring an amendment to rename U.S. Highway 27 as the "President Donald J. Trump Highway."

But Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay shared her position early Friday on Twitter, saying she would not support such a measure.

McKinlay cited state legislation that precludes the Florida Department of Transportation from erecting signage for honorary roadway or bridge designations without the permission of each affected municipal or county government.

U.S. 27 stretches from Tallahassee to its southern terminus in Miami.

McKinlay, whose district includes the stretch of U.S. 27 that passes through western Palm Beach County, wrote that "resolutions supporting designations must be passed by each affected local government prior to erection of markers."

If Sabatini's measure is approved by the state, the highway could still receive the honorary designation in Palm Beach County, though it would lack any markers if the majority of county commissioners don't sign off on it.