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Rotten Bay locals like their name

Boston Island, Australia -- The local council of Rotten Bay, Australia, says it is disappointed the citizenry wasn't behind a proposal to change the name of the community.

The council had thrown its weight behind Bluefin Bay as a better monicker for their Boston Island community, but has since decided to withdraw the proposal due to local opposition.

Mayor Peter Davis, who owns Boston Island, indicated to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week that he was particularly mystified because Rotten Bay isn't even a formal place name.

""It's not a recognized name, whereas Coffin Bay is named after Sir Isaac Coffin," Davis said. "Cape Catastrophe is well known as that's where (explorer Matthew) Flinders lost his men, as is Memory Cove -- all those other locations are quite specifically named. Rotten Bay has never been named."

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