Council honors Spock with a Block for a Week

ENCINITAS — Trekkies and Spock fans of all ages, mark the week of March 26 through April 1 and a trip to Encinitas on your calendars.

From March 26 to April 1, Encinitas will temporarily rename the area between Vulcan and Cornish avenues, between D and E streets “Spock Block,” in honor of the Star Trek character played by the late Leonard Nimoy, who died on Feb. 27.

The City Council unanimously adopted the measure, with not-quite-trekkie Councilman Tony Kranz even donning a set of pointy ears in honor of popular sci-fi character, who was known for split-fingered salute, which came along with the catch phrase, “Live long and prosper.”

Kranz invited fans of the movie and TV franchise to come out to Encinitas to pay homage to Nimoy and the character that he popularized.

Nimoy’s signature character, who was half human and half Vulcan, hailed from the planet Vulcan — which, of course, is the street that thousands of cars traverse daily in Encinitas.

Most recently, actor Zachary Quinto reprised Nimoy’s character in the Star Trek reboots in 2009 and 2013.

The City Council will have a ceremony March 26 in the lower parking lot at the corner of Vulcan and E to kick off the week.

The start of the Spock Block ceremony coincides with what would have been Nimoy’s 84th birthday. Nimoy died of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This story has been corrected since its original posting.


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