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Online petition says Tampa city flag is "disastrously designed," should be replaced

A digital version of Tampa's flag.

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A digital version of Tampa's flag.

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October

Tampa's flag needs an overhaul.

That's the message of a post on popular online message board Reddit. The post is on the website's Tampa forum, and it asks for people to take a survey sharing their feelings about Tampa's colorful flag.

According to the city, the flag was designed in 1930 by a local engineer. It incorporates colors from the U.S., Italy, Spain and France flags along with the British Union Jack. 

According to Reddit, it's ugly. 

"With enough support I believe the City of Tampa will amend our flag into a symbol of civic pride," writes Reddit user human_rob. 

"I was just doing some work at Water Works Park and looking at that hideous thing flying in the southwest corner," another user wrote. 

Some of the questions on the survey: What's your impression of Tampa's flag? How much civic pride does it inspire? Is there room for improvement? 

Reddit may be on the right track. In South Bend, Indiana, city officials are holding a design competition for a new city flag in honor of the city's 150th anniversary. And the city of Fargo, North Dakota is in the process of replacing its flag. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6:27pm]

    

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