MANATEE -- Manatee County Historical Courtroom and Courthouse Grounds will now be called "The R.B. Chips Shore Historical Courtroom."
On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission officially designated the courtroom after Shore, who served as county clerk of court and comptroller from 1977 until his death last month.
"This is an honor for this county to be able to recognize a public servant who
served very, very long, and we are so pleased that he was able to see his dream of the historic courthouse refurbished and put back into service," Commission Chairwoman Betsy Benac said.
Shore died July 29 at the age of 74, just two weeks after the historic courtroom reopened.
"At the end, he got it done just in time," his wife Carol Shore said Tuesday.
Chief Judge Charles Williams of the 12th Judicial Circuit wrote to County Commission Chairwoman Betsy Benac on Aug. 4 requesting the courtroom be renamed after Shore.
"Based on the foregoing findings, the Manatee County Commission finds that Mr. Shore's integrity in office and incalculable positive contribution to his community more than qualify him for the honor requested by the Circuit Chief Judge," County Attorney Mickey Palmer read from the proclamation Tuesday. The four-page document details Shore's life achievements and contributions to Manatee County.
Circuit Judge Lee Haworth said he misses Shore.
"We are all in awe of the work that Chips did," Haworth said. "He was a courageous man and he was innovative, and those combination of qualities are rare in us public officials."
Commissioner Carol Whitmore told Carol Shore on Tuesday that "you have no idea what your husband meant to this county."
"Your husband lived and breathed for his family first, then he lived and breathed for this county," Whitmore said.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.