A bill is heading to Gov. Rick Scott‘s desk to designate portions of Pine Hills Road and Silver Star Road as memorial highways for slain Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and for Orange County Deputy Sheriff Norman Lewis, who died in the manhunt for Clayton’s killer.

Senate Bill 368 was unanimously approved by the Florida House of Representatives Wednesday, after being unanimously approved by the Florida Senate on April 27.

The bill designates a number of memorial highways throughout Florida to various individuals.

Among them:

Silver Star [State Road 438] between John Young Parkway and Pine Hills Road in Orange County is to be designated as “Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway.”

Pine Hills [County Road 431] between Silver Star and West Colonial Drive [State Road 50] is to be designated as “First Class Deputy Norman Lewis Memorial Highway.”

“This is a small token of how our community plans to honor the legacy of our two fallen public servants,” Democratic state Rep. Kamia Brown of Orlando said in a news release. “The devastation of their loss extends to each and every individual within our community and we will forever remember their contribution to Central Florida. I am very pleased that this bill passed and I look forward to celebrating the implementation of the road designation with the community in the coming months.”

Clayton was slain January 9, at the Wal-Mart store on the stretch of Silver Star that would bear her name. Lewis died in a crash a couple hours later, on the stretch of Pine Hills that would bear his name.

Markeith Loyd was arrested eight days later, and charged with first-degree murders of Clayton and of Loyd’s pregnant girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

About The Author

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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