Delray Beach Street Receives Dual Name

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Staff report

Part of Southwest Sixth Avenue in Delray Beach will also be known as “James Lamar Shuler Avenue.”

Delray commissioners agreed to give the avenue from West Atlantic Avenue to Southwest 10th Street a dual-name at a recent city meeting.

“This is a very proud, humble moment for me and my family,” Shuler’s widow, Barbara Shuler said. “He served his community well.”

Shuler, who died in 2006, was born in Delray and grew up on Frog Alley. He attended S.D. Spady Elementary School and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1971. He received a degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1976 with a degree in Mortuary Science, and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1977.

He operated  Shuler’s Memorial Chapel, which was located at 606 West Atlantic Avenue from May 26, 1985 until his death on Oct. 1, 2006. The chapel operated for another decade.

Shuler served as chairman of the Delray Beach CRA, Chairman of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition, Inc., was a member of the Visions 2000 Committee for Delray Beach, and was a devoted member of Saint Paul AME Church.

“I was so impressed with how he engaged people,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “He was a natural leader. When we do things like this it prompts questions from people like, ‘Who was that?’ hopefully there are still people around who can explain who the person was and what they meant to the city.”

But the decision came after Commissioner Shelly Petrolia raised concerns about the city’s rules on renaming streets. She said she found a policy set in 1994 that states the city doesn’t name or dual name city streets.

“We have not altered that policy,” she said. “We don’t have a policy on what it takes to name a street after a person.”

Commissioners agreed to the dual name this time, but said they will not consider any more naming until they decide on a city policy.