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Save Southern Heritage files lawsuit to keep Confederate monument in Tampa

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The organization arguing loudest that the Hillsborough County Commission not remove a controversial Confederate monument from in front of the county courthouse in Tampa has filed a lawsuit to keep the statue in its current location.

Save Southern Heritage, along with Veterans Monuments of America and five other individuals, filed a suit in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Friday afternoon. They claim the decision to move the statute is unconstitutional. The defendants are Hillsborough County, the Hillsborough County Commission and the County Administrator.

The Commission had voted in July to remove the 106-year-old statue, named Memoria en Aeterna, to a cemetery in Brandon.

However, commissioners backtracked on the proposal last Wednesday, declaring that unless the public could come up with $140,000 to share the costs of removing the monument in 30 days, the statue would remain. Those funds were raised on Thursday.

 

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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