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Highway to be named after Cosgrove

Two Fridays ago marked a year since former state legislator John F. Cosgrove died after undergoing an emergency appendectomy at a medical facility in South Africa. He had been vacationing in Zimbabwe.

On Monday, Florida House members unanimously passed a proposed law that designates highways across the state after influential or note-worthy people. Under that bill, Cosgrove, who served as a state representative for 17 years, would be memorialized too.

A portion of the Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension between Southwest 152nd and 216th streets in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay would be designated "John F. Cosgrove Highway."

Cosgrove died April 20, 2006. He was 56. A lawyer. And the Town of Cutler Bay's first mayor. But he was best known for passing legislation to keep insurers from pulling out of Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

At the end of last week, Bernie, Cosgrove's wife looked on as the Florida Senate passed the same bill.

Sen. Larcenia Bullard, a Miami Democrat who sponsored the bill, said "we lost an institution when we lost John." A rather timid Bernie said she felt honored. "John's memory, his spirit, is with us today."

It's last stop: the governor's desk.

For a list of the other Miami-Dade County roads to be dedicated, click here for the language of the bill.