ST. PETERSBURG — A proposal in the state Legislature would give a large stretch of Fourth Street N a second name: Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz Memorial Highway.
"I thought that would be a very fitting way of honoring the memory of those two brave officers," said state Sen. Jack Latvala, who filed the bill this week. "It's something that when people go by they will remember those officers 20 years into the future and remember the sacrifice they made for the city."
In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Frishe has filed a bill with the same language, Latvala said.
The bills would not rename one of the city's busiest streets on maps and street signs. Instead, it would direct the Florida Department of Transportation to place the honorific on signs at the foot of I-275 in north St. Petersburg and the I-175 exit downtown, Latvala said.
If passed by the full Legislature, the measure would take effect July 1.