For West Tampa, a 10-story tribute
Coming to West Tampa: a water tower painted like an old-fashioned cigar band.
The city said Friday it will spend $350,000 repairing and recoating the 126-foot-tall tank, which was built in in 1954 and is one of two in the city.
The city will then spend $33,800 to paint the tank as a way of honoring the area's history and culture. The City of West Tampa was incorporated in 1895, grew as the cigar industry boomed and by 1905 ranked as Florida's fifth-largest city. Tampa annexed it in 1925.
“When I think of West Tampa, I think about the social clubs and cigar factories, Little League games, and community leaders like Charlie Miranda and E.J. Salcines," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in an announcement of the project.
Miranda, the chairman of the City Council, said in a prepared statement that to “the men and women who made West Tampa a part of Tampa and Tampa what it is today, this is the way to say thank you for all the times that were really, really hard.”
Artists Peter and Rolf Goetzinger, who are brothers, were chosen to paint the tower. The recoating and painting is expected to begin next January and is scheduled to take four months.
When finished, the tower's painting will be visible from downtown and Interstate 275.