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What should we call the tunnel?

 
 
The new PortMiami Tunnel is scheduled to open in mid-May. We asked readers to come up with a more fitting name for the tunnel.
The new PortMiami Tunnel is scheduled to open in mid-May. We asked readers to come up with a more fitting name for the tunnel.
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The Editorial Board asked, and more than 200 readers answered — via email, Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of the responses. Go to miamiherald.com/opinion to see more.

When the tunnel was first started my husband, Walter Baggesen Jr., and his granddaughter were downtown as is our habit every Sunday. They were talking about the beginning of the new tunnel and my husband’s enthusiasm spilled over to his granddaughter, Alli Lockett, then 4. She was in awe that there would actually be a “road under the water.”

Alli and her grandfather agreed that as soon as the tunnel was finished he would drive her through it. They think the PortMiami tunnel should be called: Alley to the Americas or Avenue to the Americas.

Wilma Baggesen, Miami

“Tunal” and paint some big, beautiful, blue tunas.

Arnold Armani Hernandez, Miami

Here is a suggestion, based on a menu item that has gained popularity in the South Florida dining scene, plus it implies something that is an undercarriage: The “Port Belly Tunnel.”

Don Slesnick, Miami

The Mole Hole?

Waldo Porr, DeLand

Why not The Orange Blossom Tunnel?

Seth Lefkow, Aventura

I would suggest a name consistent with the intent of the project: Port Alternate Commercial Express Subway, or PACEWAY.

The word fits on an overhead sign better than a longer name, is catchy and easy to remember, like the Beeline or the Beachline.

Bill Sullivan, Seffner

How about Dolphin Pass or something similar?

Kevin M. Hill

Dante B. Fascell Tunnel. Fascell was a dynamic member of the U.S. Congress for many years.

Another good name would be Gov. Reubin O’Donovan Askew. He passed away recently and was one of the best governors our state ever had.

Sara B. Leviten, Miami

St. Barbara Tunnel. St. Barbara is the patron saint of tunnel builders.

Paul R. Ahr, Miami

Tequesta Tunnel — since most anything related to Tequesta civilization in Miami is being systematically obliterated, at least there can be something that pays homage to the first settlers.

Rosemary Ravinal, Miami Beach

Tequesta Tunnel.

Barbara Dabney, North Miami

Port Access Tunnel. Not a cute name, just informative.

Carol Jane Gottfried, Miami

The Connection Tunnel.

Julie Lucas, Fort Lauderdale

My idea is the King Triton Tunnel. He was the son of Poseidon.

Marvin Narvaez, Hialeah

I like the name Magic Tunnel.

Brett Koshel, Miami Beach

• For the history buffs: The John S. Collins Tunnel. Connecting these two islands is similar to Collins being credited with having built the first bridge that connected Miami to Miami Beach — the present-day Venetian Causeway — in the early 1900s.

• A more-modern approach: The New World Tunnel. Not only because Miami is a young, vibrant city and in the New World, but also because it gives so many who arrive here the opportunity to create their own “new world.”

I oppose naming the tunnel after anyone alive — not that there are not many local individuals worthy of the distinction — or after a corporate sponsor. That brings no permanence since the sponsor could change over time.

Jose Castro, Miami

Biscayne Bay Tunnel. Bay Tunnel. Tequesta Tube. Biscayne Bunnel (bay + tunnel). Miami Tube. Miami Tunnel. Julia Tuttle Tunnel.

Kurt Zauke, Miami

CruisesTunnel. Latino Tunnel. The New Tunnel. Heat Tunnel. The Union Tunnel. Miami Beach Tunnel. Channel Tunnel. Obama Tunnel. Atlantic Tunnel. Ocean Tunnel

Veronica Castiñeira, Buenos Aires, Argentina

An appropriate name would be the PAT, for People’s Access Tunnel. After all, the $1-billion cost was paid for, in large part, by taxpayers.

H. Allen Benowitz, North Miami

It is time to pay tribute to those who called the banks of the Miami River their home thousands of years ago. Name the tunnel Tequesta.

Dolph Spain, Miami Beach

Allow me to propose naming the tunnel the “Mamacusón” in tribute to the popular Cuban radio and television character Mamacusa Alambrito, beloved by generations of our residents and Spanish-speakers everywhere.

Philip V. Riggio, Aventura

Here are submissions via Facebook and Twitter:

Does it really matter? At the end of the day todo los latinos will change the name to “ él tunnel.”

Maria Chanel Alvarez

What’s wrong with Port Miami Tunnel?

Joseph Manzon

$1 Billion Dollar Tunnel

Raymond Budd

Julia Tuttle Tunnel

Juan R. Pollo

El Tono

Betty Perez

Punnel

Carme Lucas

Miami Tunnel, Port Cruise Tunnel, Port Tunnel or Cruise Tunnel

Al Newman

PortLink

Albert Mocky Arends

How about calling it The Port Of Miami Tunnel?

Zuzy Ferreira

El Miami Porta

The End of the World Tunnel

Ray Grandon

The Money Pit

Karen Gordon

Orlando Martinez Jr.

Name it: La cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave)

Anibal Vega

Scape to SOBE

Jesus Bravo

El Tunnel

Chuck Hutchings

Name it “The other way to get here from Cuba”

Manny Delgado

“I think it should be named Lionel Suarez for my husband who worked very hard building this tunnel; so it should be named after him. ’’

Arely Roque Suarez

The World Tunnel

Patti Equality Lynn

Harriet

Martha A. Ruiz

Beatriz Ginzalez

Hurricane Tunnel

Alice Lower

Seaway Government Cut Tunnel

Orestes Molina

How about you get a sponsor to help alleviate the cost?

Gilberto Alvarado

Cruise Tunnel

Beatriz Gonzalez

The Worm

Kris Santiago

The Ultra Bathsalt Miami Tunnel

Andrew Foster

The Causeway Tunnel

Helen Paparone Concors Schatzman

AVL Tunnel (anti-villain league) from Despicable Me2

Susan Corrigan

Portal

Nicole Venant

Miami International Tunnel

Maria Riccio-Shariff

Paradise Tunnel Miami

Brian Elliott

Vortex

Sissy Bardisa

Mia-Miab Portal

Edie Nylund

Dolphin Tunnel

Alfonso Romero

The PMT

Geoff Paugam

Fountain of Youth Tunnel

Bigdaddyzoe Solo

TMT (The Miami Tunnel) or Tunal

Armani Hernandez

PMB - Port of Miami Bypass

Mac Innocent

Sunshine Tunnel

Ana D Cuadrado

The Rabbit Hole

Kevin G. Morris

Ponte

Lesline Mckenzie

Paradise Port

Adam Prozeralik

The Punnel (port tunnel)

Deborah C Koons

MAPO

Michael Fernandez

The Sunshine Hub

Eddy Gugliotta

Black Hole

Nancy N. Roland Santos

Cyclone

Nanette Lago

White Wave One

Alessandro Lertola

World Port MIA

Ibis Davila

Miami Underwater Tunnel

Mercy Viñas

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