FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2001
AUSTIN, TX--Today state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, announced he will be introducing legislation next session that will change the name of the Queen Isabella Causeway to the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway.
"I feel strongly, as I know the people of South Texas do also, that renaming the causeway will honor the South Texans who lost their lives on September 15 when the bridge collapsed after it was struck by a string of barges," said Sen. Lucio.
A total of eight people were killed.
Sen. Lucio added, "We cannot and will not forget these people who embody everything good about South Texas. They lived and worked here. The charisma and love of the South Padre Island that they expressed in their everyday lives is what attracts so many people to visit here."
During the legislative session, Sen. Lucio also plans to invite not only the family and loved ones of the deceased, but also all those "heroes" who helped with the rescue and recover efforts, as well as those who assisted the stranded visitors, the displaced workers and the businesses heavily impacted by the sudden closure of the bridge.
"When people drive across the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, they will also be reminded of the selfless and valiant efforts of so many, like our law enforcement officers, members of the Coast Guard and Navy, and just everyday people who went above and beyond the call of duty for their neighbors," noted the Senator. "Never before have I personally witnessed so many agencies--federal, state, county and local--come together for a common cause. They are all to be commended.
"Renaming the causeway will serve as a constant reminder of the eight people who died that morning" They are:
Robert "Bob" Harris
Giaspar Saenz Hinojosa
Hector Martinez, Jr.
Stvan Francisco Rivas
Chealsa and Barry Welch