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St. Petersburg street will also be co-named Florida Orchestra Way

 MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Music director Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

ST. PETERSBURG — In a civic hat tip to the Florida Orchestra, the City Council on Thursday voted to amend street signs for a part of downtown First Street. The roadway from Fifth Avenue N to Fifth Avenue S will still retain the "First Street" name in large letters.

Now below the numerical name and in smaller letters, that 10-block stretch will be co-named "Florida Orchestra Way."

The new signs could go up by the fall, in time the start of the orchestra's 50th season. The Mahaffey Theater at 400 First Street S has served as the orchestra's primary venue since 1965, when the auditorium, then the Bayfront Center, was built.

Council member Karl Nurse called the unanimous vote a tribute to one of the city's largest arts anchors.

"Sometimes you just get used to something always being there and you forget to say thank you," Nurse said.

Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5798. themahaffey.com.

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