County Commissioner Craig Cates, left, unveils the sign designating the bridge between Key West and Stock Island the Cheryl H. Cates Memorial Bridge. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

More than 100 people braved the thunderstorms on July 26  to attend a ceremony celebrating the renaming of Cow Key Bridge in honor of Cheryl Cates, the late wife of County Commissioner Craig Cates. Cheryl Cates died in December 2020 after a battle with COVID.

Peter Batty, who co-wrote the petition to rename the bridge with Jim Gilleran, spoke to the crowd about Cheryl Cates’ tireless work to bridge gaps among people and communities, especially when it involved underserved children.

Craig Cates was joined by his family as he unveiled the new sign dedicating the Cheryl H. Cates Memorial Bridge. The sign was installed later that day on the side of the bridge that enters Key West from Stock Island.

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