Changing street names in Port St. Lucie

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 20:26:33-05

For years, it's been an open secret: Misspelled streets throughout the city of Port St. Lucie.  Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to approve a request to change Cresent Avenue, to Crescent Avenue.

Rebecca Henry built her Port St. Lucie home more than three decades ago.  How was her street spelled then?

“C-r-e-s-c-e-n-t," spelled out Henry.

But that’s not what the signs say.  Henry says the last time street signs went up, “They came out spelling them wrong all the way down the pike.”

According to Richard McAfoos with the Port St. Lucie Historical Society, when many streets were still barren in the 60s and 70s, a man was hired to paint the wood posts that marked many intersections.

“He would get his lunch and a few… beverages.  Adult beverages," said McAfoos.

So the later Grandeur, of Granduer Avenue, is not intentional.

"The stories are that maybe a few streets came out with names different from what they were originally intended to be," said McAfoos.

On Aubudon, not Audubon Avenue, Bruce Herchenroder, had just come back from the DMV.

“I told them the new address Aubudon and they said ‘Don’t you mean Audubon?  I said, ‘No I actually mean Aubudon.”

Residents here aren’t clamoring for change… and back on Cresent, where the missing “c” is expected to make a return, Timothy Spears says it hasn’t had a great impact the 18 years he’s lived on the block.  His mail often already has the correct spelling.

“It doesn’t bother me one way or the other," said Spears.

The request to change the name came out of a community meeting and pushed forward by the Mayor.  If approved by Planning and Zoning, the city council would have to give a final approval at its March 28th meeting.