Bay mayor and residents want to re-name bridge

By Al Showers - bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - If Bay St. Louis city leaders have their way, The Bay St. Louis Bridge will bare the name of a well known former citizen. Leo Seal died two months ago at the age of 84. City leaders have launched a campaign to keep his name and memory alive.

Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre said, "People like Mr. Seal, Mr. Leo they come around probably once in several life-times. It's not an every day occurrence, people as giving, as caring, as considerate as he is are few and far between."

Mayor Favre says the circle of life for Leo Seal, Jr. began and ended in Bay St. Louis. Honoring his memory by naming the Bay Bridge after him would be a fitting tribute.

"We've had some great people in the history of the city and the county over the years, but Mr. Leo probably stands out close to the top if not at the top," Favre said.

The idea for a Seal Memorial Bridge already has a lot of support.

"I think it's a great idea. There's probably not a good thing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that you couldn't name for Leo Seal, all the good things he's done," said Bay St. Louis resident Doug Niolet. "I think anything you can do for Mr. Seal to keep his name and his families name going would be great for the city, the county and the state."

Before the name change can happen, a bill must first be introduced in the state legislature and lawmakers give the okay.

"Once it's approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor, then we'll have a ceremony. and hopefully it's going to be a plaque type thing not quite as large as the pilings that are here at the entrance now. But something that's very visible," said Favre.

Mayor Favre is hopeful the full house and senate will vote on the bill before lawmakers end their 2009 session.