If you’ve entered St. Petersburg traveling across the Howard Frankland Bridge, you’ve likely seen the sign that welcomes you to St. Petersburg.
The sign was built in 2012 to welcome guests who were in town for the RNC held in Tampa. The Gateway Welcome Tower was built to withstand hurricane-force winds, though it sustained damage when a car crashed into it. Bill Edwards paid for it, to the tune of $600,000, and it won’t even last a decade. There’s road construction that will force the sign’s early removal.
A new span of the Howard Frankland Bridge, bringing eight lanes into St. Pete, is planned to open in 2024, and as construction continues, the sign would be in the way. Some disassembled parts of the sign would be given to the city.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has not yet decided what will replace the welcome sign.
[Source: Tampa Bay Times]