TAMPA — The dozen street signs removed from Ybor City's Seventh Avenue were sold off for more than $6,000 in a Monday evening auction.
Successful bidders paid $400 and up for the signs. Tampa City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda, who bought one for $600 plus fees, said he plans to hang it in his office at City Hall.
The City Council voted in July to remove the "La Sétima" signs after people complained they used the wrong spelling of the Spanish word for "seventh" and would embarrass the city during the Republican National Convention. Other residents argued the signs were part of Ybor's history and "sétima" and "séptima" are both correct.
So the signs were replaced by ones showing three versions of the name: Seventh Avenue, La Sétima and La Séptima.
The auction's proceeds go to Ybor's special taxing district.