In memoriam: Senate bill passes to honor dead Jacksonville policeman
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Lance Whitaker
The name Lance Christian Whitaker was not a household name in Jacksonville a short time back.

The name Lance Christian Whitaker was not a household name in Jacksonville a short time back.

That changed on May 15, 2018. Responding to a call in treacherous weather early that morning, the 48-year-old Whitaker lost control of his vehicle.

Then-Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags at half-staff. But the movement to commemorate Whitaker’s sacrifice was not over.

On Wednesday, a bill cleared the Senate unanimously that would name a stretch of Interstate 295 as the Lance Christian Whitaker memorial highway.

Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson and Republican counterpart Aaron Bean carried the legislation.

The House version still has a way to go, without a committee stop yet, but has Republican Cord Byrd and Democrat Tracie Davis championing the legislation.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]



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