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Clearwater's centennial sparks talk of revamping city seal



Nearly a century ago, Clearwater was a tiny, sleepy burg when it incorporated as a city in 1915.

On Wednesday, the City Council took its first steps on planning a centennial bash for what has become Tampa Bay's third-largest city at more than 108,000.

Maybe get the Phillies involved? The MLB franchise trains in the city during the spring and also operates its Latin American system and Florida State League Threshers. After all, the organization played in its first World Series that year, losing to the Boston Red Sox in five games.

Other ideas batted around during the city council meeting? A commemorative pillar or book. Historical plays or videos. Monthly events. 

Then Mayor George Cretekos craned his neck to look above at the city's seal. Too wordy, he said. Maybe something simpler, cleaner would be a nice way to mark the city's 100th birthday.

After an extended debate on how to reword the admitted mouthful of "City Seal of the City of Clearwater, Florida," the conversation took a detour to the beach depicted on the blue and orangish circular design.

 "You could put the date in the sand," suggested Doreen Hock-DiPolito.

 "Whoa! " Cretekos said. 

 "The sand should be a little lighter anyway," Hock-DiPolito added, referring to the orangish hue of the bach depicted on the seal.

Nothing like the sugar-white Clearwater Beach,

 "That looks like East Coast sand. You’re right, we should change that," Vice-Mayor Paul Gibson chimed in.

"It looks like Miami," Hock-DiPolito said.

Clearwater turns 100 on May 27, 2015.  

[Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 4:24pm]


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