TAMPA — Another group of prominent Tampa leaders will now take their places on the city’s Riverwalk.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Friends of the Riverwalk president Steve Anderson on Tuesday ceremoniously unveiled the newest additions to the 2.5-mile urban trail.
Family and friends of the honorees gathered with local officials at the Tampa Convention Center to get a first glimpse of the bronze busts that will make their homes on the Riverwalk’s Historical Monument Trail.
“Everything that we are today is because of the people in front of you,” Buckhorn told the crowd. “We owe them a debt of gratitude.”
The Class of 2013 honorees are newspaper publisher C. Blythe Andrews, attorney Cody Fowler, civic leader Kate Jackson, attorney Peter O. Knight, Cuban civil rights leader Paulina Pedroso and businessman G. D. Rogers.
The statues, each mounted on a 2,000-pound granite pedestal, will be moved to permanent positions along the Riverwalk, which stretches along the downtown waterfront from the Channel District to Tampa Heights.
Friends of the Riverwalk, a nonprofit group working with the city on the project, plans to announce six honorees every year, Anderson said. The first six honorees, including familiar names such as Henry B. Plant and Vicente Martinez-Ybor, were announced last year.
To be considered for the memorial trail, potential honorees must have been dead at least 15 years.
Six Tampa mayors have left their mark on the Riverwalk, which was conceived 40 years ago. This year, city council gave final approval for construction of the path’s last stretch, beneath the Kennedy Boulevard bridge.