- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A span of bridge is being named for musician and Pascagoula native son Jimmy Buffett - and the singer himself showed up Saturday for the bridge dedication.

The Mississippi Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Mj58Xw ) that thousands of Buffett fans were thronging to the event where Buffett played an acoustic set with MacMcAnally, a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

On Saturday, a short span on the city’s Beach Boulevard crossing Baptiste Bayou became the Jimmy Buffett Bridge.

The singer-songwriter, author, actor, and entrepreneur was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946. Buffett’s family moved to Mobile, Alabama, when he was a child.

Entry signs will proclaim Pascagoula as Buffett’s birthplace.

Also, both the city and state Legislature have decided to proclaim May 6 as Jimmy Buffett Day, a date chosen in honor of his parents’ wedding anniversary.

Despite his worldly travels, Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula,

In his best-selling book “A Pirate looks at Fifty,” Buffett says, “I move around the globe in an almost constant state of motion. But when I think of home, I think about Pascagoula and the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, not Long Island or Florida. Home is where you come from. It is not where you live at the present time. And though I doubt I will ever live there again, I will always think of it as home.”

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com

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