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

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times Music director Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra.
MONICA HERNDON | TimesMusic director Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra.
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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.

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