SSH - FL
Confederate Statue Saved in Tampa Commissioners Vote 4-3 for Protection of All Veterans War Memorial
For Immediate Release Media Contact: David McCallister 813-778-1202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tampa - In an unprecedented move today, the Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 to keep the county's Confederate Veterans War memorial at it's current location in downtown Tampa.
Led by the Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Stacy White (R-Tampa), the commission also approved his motion to direct the staff to create a veterans' war memorial preservation ordinance to protect all veterans memorials in perpetuity.
The commissioners were swamped by thousands of calls and emails during the past week by voters insisting that the monument be maintained right where it is.
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE FLORIDA commissioned a voter survey by Gravis Marketing, a nationally recognized public opinion firm that showed overwhelming support to the Confederate statue. That combined with an aggressive grassroots campaign led by SSHF, helped provide the platform for approval by the commission. Additionally, hundreds of monument supporters flooded the commission chamber with voters insisting on the monument remaining and the new protection ordinance be enacted.
“We are pleased with this decision. It puts the brakes on the domino effect in Florida that started with New Orleans’ decision to erase history" said Save Southern Heritage FL spokesman David McCallister.
The vote following a showdown two weeks ago when liberal Democrat commissioner Les Miller was planning a vote to remove the statue. Due to the overwhelming voter outcry coordinated by the SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE FLORIDA group, Miller was forced to abandon that vote and try again today.
Hillsborough County, center of Florida's Tampa bay area, is Florida's 2nd largest metropolitan area by population.
"This historic vote begins to reverse the utterly false and fake narrative by radical extremist groups that want to redefine and re-write our history," As Florida's 2nd largest metropolitan area, this send a strong single throughout Florida and the rest of the country to 'leave our veterans monuments alone and preserve the memory of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and beliefs.
The veterans war memorial protection ordinance will be drafted by the legal staff and presented to the commission at their July meeting. After approval at that meeting, it will go to a public hearing and final vote in August.
“The Commission did the right thing for the right reasons” concluded McCallister.
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org.