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'Welcome to St Pete' Sign to be Unveiled

The ribbon cutting for the 75ft welcome tower will be on Wednesday.

Motorists heading west crossing the Howard Franklin Bridge will get a new welcome to St. Petersburg. 

In time to welcome the delegates and guests to St. Petersburg for the Republican National Convention, the city's new welcome tower will be formally unveiled at a giant ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

Mayor Bill Foster will join local businessman Bill Edwards, members of City Council and invited guests to cut the ribbon.

According to a news release, the 75ft tall structure is visible more than a mile away. 

St. Petersburg's has similar welcoming signs on I-175 and I-375 that were placed in 2004, the city said.

For this structure, Edwards donated $600,000 for construction, which took five months to complete.

Edwards said he felt compelled to help St. Petersburg by donating the tower. 

"The timing was right," Edwards said in a news release. "In addition to exponentially increasing tourism in Central Florida, the upcoming Republican National Convention will be bringing tens of thousands of visitors from other states to our beautiful waterfront city. Now and in the future, we must project the image of a diverse, exciting, economically refreshed St. Petersburg, and the tower is an impressive beacon of that image."

Due to Florida Department of Transportation restrictions regarding safety and vehicles on the shoulder of I-275, the public is not invited to attend, a news release said.

cherylwithac August 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Joshua, you're extrapolating beyond what anyone has said. Stick with the topic, please.
cherylwithac August 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM
And speaking of Edwards creating the monument in his own image, it just occurred to me that the tower is just one big phallic symbol. No wonder the guys (Ron, Joshua, David) are arguing for it.
monica August 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I saw it's erection! The surrounding beach communities including the City of Largo and Clearwater should not be too jealous. It's not that great. Frankly, it's a huge waste of funds, that could have been used better elsewhere.
cherylwithac August 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Yes, as erections go, it's not that great. As I said, Edwards created it in his own image.
cherylwithac August 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Ron, you sound like an angry white guy.

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