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Barrier island from Mayport to Vilano Beach has no name

6:05 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
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Check any map you want: The barrier island which runs from Mayport to Vilano Beach is nameless.
A group of people who live on the island suggest naming the land mass San Pablo Island.
They've submitted a proposal to the federal government.
Neil McGuinness, author of the book "The Beaches," is leading the effort to name the barrier island San Pablo Island.
He said the name San Pablo dates back to the mission from the 1500s, Pablo Creek, and even Jacksonville Beach was Pablo Beach at one time.

However, some people in St. Johns County are not wild about the name.

"San Pablo would certainly be historical for the northern part of the coastal land mass," said Robin Moore, St. Johns County Historic Resources Coordinator.

He doubts many people in St. Johns County would connect to the name San Pablo. He and others say the name San Pablo doesn't apply to the lower two-thirds of the island in the St. Johns County.
McGuinness disagrees.

"The thing unifying about it is the oldest road in America -- the oldest road in Florida -- was Pablo Road, which united St. Augustine with Palm Valley and the St. Johns River and today's Mayport," McGuinness explained.

And he believes most of the 81,000 people on the island will connect to San Pablo.

Two-thirds of the land mass is in St. Johns County, but two-thirds of the population is in Duval County.

Moore says the county wants public input -- and that there is no tension over the island's title.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names and other local governments want to hear from you.

Do you like San Pablo or do you want another name? Email your suggestions to Walter O'Kon, chair of the SJC Cultural Resource Review Board at First For You, here are more contacts you can reach out to about naming the island:

To contact the St. Johns County government:
To contact the City of Jacksonville: or call 630-CITY (630-2489)
To contact the U.S. Board on Geographic Names:

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