Here's an excerpt of their petition:
A request to rename the road dedicated as Debbie Reynolds Drive will return to the Clark County Planning Commission on Aug. 20.
Lorenzo Doumani is a developer seeking to change Debbie Reynolds Drive, asked the commission to hold his request for two weeks on Tuesday, when it was expected to be heard in front of the board, according to the county.
Doumani wants the roughly 1,000-foot street running between Convention Center Drive and Desert Inn Road to be renamed Majestic Plaza Place to reflect his planned and recently approved five-star hotel along the road — Majestic Resort and Spa.
This request by a developer to eliminate the name of a Las Vegas legend whose story is integral to the iconic status of our city must not go unchallenged.
They urge people to email the commission at: zoning@ClarkCountyNV.gov
Here's what I wrote to them:
Please don’t change the name of Debbie Reynolds Drive!
In 1996, when I was 26 years old, I went out of my way during my second-ever Vegas visit because I wanted to see the casino/museum space that longtime Las Vegas entertainer Debbie Reynolds had created for the community. It was a beautiful attraction—featuring Hollywood memorabilia that Ms. Reynolds personally purchased at auction so could she could share it with movie fans in Vegas. I saw her show with my parents, and afterward she took photos with audience members and signed autographs—a true Las Vegas class act.
Her impact on Las Vegas must not be erased from memory. In my last Vegas trip, I stumbled upon Frank Sinatra Drive—Ms. Reynolds, who is a 2005 Gaming Hall of Fame inductee, deserves just as much recognition as Mr. Sinatra. Please don't change her street name. Thank you!
And the grandfather of the family, Malick Doumani, came to North America from Lebanon on a ship called "Majestic"—so my guess is a casino is in the works.
I've been looking for a street map of 1930s/40s Vegas for awhile without much success.
My naive impression is that the streets did not exist prior to the casinos. There was a highway toward LA, and casinos were constructed along it. Cross roads were constructed to give access to loading areas, parking areas, etc., and the neighborhood boomed from there. Of course, I just made that up in my head, but it is what I surmised about how a string of casinos was developed out in the desert. Build your own casino, build the roads around it, and name them whatever you like.
If you drive east on any of those streets, you'll find neighborhoods that predate the casinos. I have to assume the roads were there first.
I am all for changing it. Look to the future, not the past.
Frank and Dino have their streets, they're from the past and I don't think we want to change those streets. I vote for keeping Debbie around. She was just as "Vegas" as Frank and Dino.