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Tampa Bay History Center says it won’t house Confederate statue

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If Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller ultimately proves successful in persuading his fellow board members to remove a Confederate statue from the front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse later this month, the monument will not be housed at the Tampa Bay History Center. “The history center will not be accepting the monument,” museum spokesman Manny Leto said Friday afternoon, claiming a lack of space for the structure. Miller says the Confederate Soldier’s Monument which sits in front of the courthouse is divisive, and it’s time to have…

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Proposal to remove Hillsborough courthouse Confederate statue sets off fierce backlash

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Two years ago, the Hillsborough County Commission voted to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from downtown Tampa’s County Center. The vote came in the immediate aftermath of the racially motivated shooting of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. Also removed from the lobby were flags of the other countries that once occupied Florida — Spain, France, and Great Britain — which were sent to the Tampa History Museum. Although supporters of the Confederacy protested, the board voted 5-2 to…

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Tampa Bay area sees a number of projects cut by governor

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There were some local projects of note in the Tampa Bay area that escaped Rick Scott’s veto pen Tuesday morning, but there were plenty of other local projects and programs that did not, all part of $461 million in vetoes announced by the governor’s office. Winners included USF, which received $17 million for its Morsani College of Medicine move to downtown Tampa, and $12.3 million for completing the construction of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Also $1.5 million for Clearwater…

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