TAMPA — What is it about Tampa and signs?
This is, after all, the town that endured a tearful public debate over how to spell the Spanish word for "seventh" on Ybor City street signs. (The solution: Include something for everyone: Seventh Avenue, La Setima and La Septima.)
Now comes word of a typographical error on a new downtown marker that commemorates President John F. Kennedy's trip to Tampa four days before his 1963 assassination.
The cast-aluminum marker includes a quotation from Kennedy's speech that day, but it renders the word "surely" as "surley." Local officials spotted the error too late to get the sign fixed before its dedication Friday.
The marker was put up by the Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council. The county and Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, who produced a documentary on Kennedy's trip to Tampa, split the cost of about $2,700, said Tampa City Clerk Shirley Foxx-Knowles, the council's chairwoman.
The manufacturer, Sewah Studios of Marietta, Ohio, will pay to send a worker to chisel off the two transposed letters, attach two new ones and apply some touch-up paint.
"We guarantee our product against any errors we create," owner Brad Smith said. He hopes the fix will be done in the next few weeks.