For some visiting from elsewhere, it might be jarring to learn of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for sidewalks.
But, in this case, these sidewalks are the finishing touches of an effort to connect in a community where disconnect had long ruled.
The city of Port St. Joe will formally dedicate the newly-completed sidewalks along Dr. David B. Langston Drive during a Tuesday ceremony.
Remarks and a ribbon-cutting will begin at 10 a.m. ET on the Avenue A side of Langston Drive.
The sidewalks complete a vision first drawn nearly a decade ago by then-commissioner John Reeves and others to honor Dr. David Langston, who had tragically passed away too soon in March 2009.
Langston was one of the greatest basketball players and athletes to come out of Port St. Joe, helping to secure a state title for Port St. Joe High School in the school year that county public schools first integrated.
His athletic stature put him in the middle of the tussle to integrate the schools; after leading all-black Washington High School to a state title he enrolled the following year at Port St. Joe High School.
He went on to play college basketball at Drake and after his playing days, he was an assistant coach at several schools including what was then known as Gulf Coast Community College.
Langston worked on educational issues under Gov. Jeb Bush and in doing so created a foundation, the Norris D. Langston Foundation, which while honoring his late brother annually provided college scholarship money to local youth.
Langston was all about hard work leading to success, about knocking down barriers, allowing for no excuses, including ethnicity.
Each year the foundation’s awards dinners attracted luminaries such as former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense and former Florida Commissioner of Education Frank Brogan.
For years, the Foundation also operated the 21st Century program at Port St. Joe Elementary School.
Reeves and others, wishing to honor and memorialize Langston and his work with children through education while crossing racial lines, sought to name the road first conceived to link business sections of north and south Port St. Joe after Langston.
Once constructed and opened, the road, which goes through property donated by the St. Joe Company, connects Avenue A near MLK Blvd. on the north end to First Street at Williams Ave. on the south end.
And shortly after it was open the city sought to install sidewalks along the windy Langston Drive, which proved about a six-year process.
“I think he would be proud,” said his son, Commissioner Eric Langston, during a recent city meeting announcing the ribbon cutting.