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JFK historic marker in Tampa to ‘surley’ get fixed soon

TAMPA — Surely, the editor missed something.

Days after it went up in downtown Tampa, the new historic marker commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit will come down.

It has a typo.

The flaw is in the sign’s quotation from Kennedy’s speech to the Florida State Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

Kennedy spoke about living in harmony and respecting each other’s differences: “... then surely the business of mankind will prosper ...” Except Tampa’s new sign says “surley.”

“It missed about 40 eyes,” said Brad Smith, owner of Ohio-based Sewah Studios, which cast the aluminum marker.

Tampa City Clerk Shirley Foxx-Knowles, head of the Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council, said the unveiling went ahead despite the typo, which became apparent on Friday.

“It will get corrected,” she said.

Smith said the new letters have been made and the repairman is on the way.

The repair should take about an hour. It’ll consist of chiseling off the errant letters and replacing them with new ones in the proper order, Smith said.

As cast-in-aluminum typos go, Tampa’s is an easy fix.

“We’ve had markers where an entire word was missing,” Smith said.

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