David Harzoff, the Director of Revitalization opened up the ceremony and introduced Mayor Ann Johnston who came to the podium wearing a commodore's hat. After some words from Dennis Smallie, Douglass Wilhoit and others, the mayor spoke about the late former mayor, Joan Darrah. James Darrah, Mrs. Darrah's widower, and their grown children were in attendance. Mr. Darrah told the story of when his wife was told that the promenade would bear her name. It was a touching story.
More dignitaries, and official representatives of other dignitaries that were not in attendence, spoke briefly before the ribbon was cut by the mayor, with the Darrahs, councilmembers and others at her side.
It was a beautiful event packed with tons of civic pride. We don't own a boat and don't spend much time on the delta but I'm still excited that our new marina has finally opened. Naming the promenade after the late Joan Darrah was a nice touch.
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