Old Dixie Hwy renamed President Barack Obama Hwy

In its hopes to move the city beyond its segregated past, Riviera Beach officials have renamed Old Dixie highway to honor President Barack Obama.

The new President Barack Obama Highway is the second road in the county to be named after the 44th president, following the 2-year-old Barack Obama Boulevard in Pahokee.

The City Council voted in August to change the highway’s name inside the city limits.

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It is not the first time a street would be named after a US President. In 1998, the Florida Legislature designated the Florida Turnpike the Ronald Reagan Turnpike and Delray Beach renamed Northeast Eighth Street in honor of George H.W. Bush during the early 1990s.

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