Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fools’ Names

Fred Grimm in the Miami Herald looks at places named in honor of some unsavory people.

The rightful location for the Barry Kutun Boat Ramp would be in the bowels of the Julia Tuttle Causeway with the sex offenders.

But Miami Beach has kept its tribute to Kutun not far from the kiddie playground at Maurice Gibb Park — despite his 2007 conviction for cavorting with a 16-year-old.

The ramp not only memorializes Kutun, who had sex with the underaged girl at least eight times, but says something about the enduring reverence enjoyed hereabouts by disgraced politicians.

Maybe the only things named after non-dead politicians — or dead ones, for that matter — should be public restrooms.