Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

Tampa's 'Exploding Chicken' gets new roost

TAMPA — Tampa's favorite chicken soon will be exploding once again.

The sculpture colloquially known as the Exploding Chicken — officially, it doesn't have a title — is being reassembled this week in the center of the roundabout north of the Florida Aquarium.

NationsBank, now Bank of America, commissioned artist George Sugarman to create the black, white and yellow sculpture in 1985. It sat near Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive for about 25 years before the new owners of Rivergate Tower (itself better known as the Beer Can Building) donated it to the city.

Costs to move the sculpture had been estimated at up to $150,000 — something City Hall couldn't afford — so Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh rounded up businesses to cover nearly all of the costs of taking it apart, storing it and moving it to its new home.

"It was kind of a local icon, it was going to get scrapped, (and) I thought it was worth saving," McDonaugh said Monday.

The only costs to the city have been building the foundation and hiring a big crane to help lift the parts into place this week.

"The people who are out there right now are volunteering their time," McDonaugh said.

The steel-and-aluminum sculpture is 36 feet tall. Once installed, officials say, it will be repainted its original colors.

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No injuries as fire destroys St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — A fire destroyed a home in St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.St. Petersburg fire officials say the fire occurred some time before 3 p.m. at 1225 21st St. S.The homeowner discovered the fire and was able to escape safely, officials s...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

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Updated: 1 hour ago
PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

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Published: 12/11/17

Hooper: Yacht StarShip weathers the storm

At the height of the economic downturn, Yacht StarShip owner Troy Manthey said he and his wife, Jill, worried about the company’s survival."We were counting ice cubes," Manthey said.But they made it. The dining cruise business that sails out of the C...
Published: 12/11/17
St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

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Published: 12/11/17
Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

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Updated: 10 minutes ago
WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

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Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

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Updated: 2 hours ago