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Oldsmar to name a room after ex-Mayor Jerry Beverland

Jerry Beverland was on the Oldsmar City Council in the 1970s and 1990s, and was mayor in the 1990s and from 2001 to 2007. He is also considered the city’s unofficial historian.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2008)

Jerry Beverland was on the Oldsmar City Council in the 1970s and 1990s, and was mayor in the 1990s and from 2001 to 2007. He is also considered the city’s unofficial historian.

OLDSMAR — He has retired from public office, and returned both times.

He has written two books on the history of Oldsmar, and is considered the city's unofficial historian.

A street in Oldsmar already bears his name. It's the road to the water reclamation facility he was instrumental in building.

Now, the home for the Oldsmar Historical Society will also bear the name of Jerry Beverland, former mayor and current City Council member.

When it was suggested that a room in the historic, newly renovated Oldsmar bank building be named for Beverland, he was taken aback.

"I just kind of sat there in shock," he later said.

The council voted last week to name the room that will house the Historical Society after Beverland.

Before introducing the idea, Vice Mayor Doug Bevis said he had been tossing it around for six months as he saw the progress on the historic bank building.

"I just thought it would be a nice thing to honor him and his efforts to the city," Bevis said.

The exact wording of the name will be determined by the historical society's board, which will then be considered by the council for final approval.

Beverland, who was visibly moved by the gesture, abstained from voting.

"I am humbled by this … I really am and I really appreciate it," he said afterward. "It's something I never expected.

Beverland has lived in Oldsmar since the mid 1960s and has held office several times. He was on the council in the 1970s and 1990s. He was mayor in the 1990s and from 2001 to 2007.

Besides the water reclamation facility, he played a role in the redevelopment of downtown and the growth of the city's library.

Oldsmar to name a room after ex-Mayor Jerry Beverland 03/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 1:37pm]

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