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Largo commissioner proposes committee to discuss options for Armed Forces History Museum

The Armed Forces History Museum announced Wednesday morning that it will be closing January 29 2017. The museum has been running in the red since it opened in 2008 but was financially supported by it's founder John J. Piazza, Sr. who passed away recently. Unless an entity steps up to take over the finances of the out of the way attraction it will be closed for good.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

The Armed Forces History Museum announced Wednesday morning that it will be closing January 29 2017. The museum has been running in the red since it opened in 2008 but was financially supported by it's founder John J. Piazza, Sr. who passed away recently. Unless an entity steps up to take over the finances of the out of the way attraction it will be closed for good.

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LARGO — The day after Armed Forces History Museum leaders announced the museum would close in January, a resident reached out to city commissioners about its future.

"This is one of the best museums I have ever been to and is a jewel of the city," wrote Ashley Crawford in an email. "As commissioners and the mayor you should be doing what you possibly can do to save this Museum."

In response, Commissioner Samantha Fenger floated an idea in an email to commissioners and city leaders Wednesday morning to create a committee made up of citizens, veterans organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the museum. 

"As Ms. Crawford mentioned, the museum certainly is a destination within our City, has the support of many, and may just need the right people at the table to continue its legacy," she said.

As of this writing, no one had responded. Mayor Woody Brown told the Tampa Bay Times after the closing announcement Tuesday that he plans to meet with a board member in the next week or so to discuss options. 

"Most people that are involved with the museum would love to see it continue, but I'm not sure what organization would be able to take it up," he said.

Museum leaders sent a news release earlier in the day encouraging people who want more information about the museum's closing to contact info@armedforcesmuseum.com.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:10pm]

    

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