City officials estimated last week the renaming would cost the government $75,000 and business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars more. JIM REED/STAFF
Published: June 28, 2013
Updated: June 28, 2013 at 07:41 PM
TAMPA - Tampa City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin has put on hold her call to rename Nebraska Avenue after a controversial 16th Century Spanish colonial governor. Capin asked her colleagues Thursday to table her request that city staff calculate the total cost of renaming one of Tampa's major thoroughfares after Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Capin said she wants to hold off on further discussion of the renaming until Mayor Bob Buckhorn finishes a study of the Nebraska corridor under his InVision Tampa project. City officials estimated last week the renaming would cost the government $75,000 and business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars more.
The proposal provoked a strong response from Tampa residents, who objected to the cost and to honoring a man believed to have murdered French Protestants on the spot of present-day Jacksonville. Capin noted Thursday that Jacksonville is named after President Andrew Jackson, who drove the Cherokees out of the Carolinas and Tennessee in what became know as the Trail of Tears. If Jackson had been judged by that alone, he never would have had a city named after him, she said. As with Jackson, Menéndez de Avilés' history should be looked at in its broader context, she said.