WATCH: Emily Palichat’s Driftwood Sign Project Brings a Smile to Brevard Beachgoers
By Steve Wilson // May 3, 2021
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WATCH: Emily Palichat talks with Steve Wilson in the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve.” Palichat, a senior at UCF, created a unique directional sign that is now at the beach in Indialantic.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Emily Palichat may not originally be from Brevard County, but she has sure made it her home.
She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to central Florida to attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The senior at UCF currently calls Indialantic her home.
For relaxation, Palichat enjoys spending time at the beach. During the aftermath of one of our tropical storms, she picked up quite a few pieces of driftwood on the beach and took them home.
Palichat thought to herself that the driftwood would make a pretty cool sign and then got busy on her project.
We have all seen directional signs, like the one that was on the old MASH TV series. It showed a city, and how far it was to that city. Since this occurred around the holidays, Palichat started with the sign reading, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021.
She then added signs with city names that had special meaning to her, such as Pittsburgh, and indicated how far it was to that city. Since the time she placed the sign on the beach in Indialantic and numerous people have added their favorite city to the sign.
What started as a simple holiday greeting has turned into something special. For the most part, we all like to talk about and reminisce about our hometown. When someone passes by Palichat’s sign and sees their hometown, it brings a smile to their face.