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Tom getting a Historical Marker at the Gathering in Oct 2019

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Saw this in the news this weekend! Looks like Tom is getting a historical marker installed near Tom Petty Park at the Gathering in Gainesville this October! Nice to see him get some more recognition in his hometown!  Too bad they didn't rename a section of 441 in his honor as well as they had considered doing according to another article I read .... :) 

https://bestclassicbands.com/tom-petty-historical-marker-8-4-199/

the first hidden comment is an article about the plack and the second is a press release from earlier this year. Its funny as the press release seems to suggest several things that have already happened. 

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Florida to Honor Tom Petty with Historical Marker

by Best Classic Bands Staff
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Tom-Petty-2013-via-FB.jpgOn October 2, 2017, the residents of Gainesville, Fla., lost a hometown hero, Tom Petty.

Now, the Florida Historical Marker Council has voted to erect a metal plaque to honor the city’s native son. A ceremony to unveil the marker will take place on October 20, the classic rock legend’s birthday.

The August 2, 2019, decision by the Council will be the second time Petty will be honored in Gainesville. In the months following his passing, residents requested that the city find a way to publicly honor Petty in a lasting and meaningful way.

To fulfill this request, said the city in a press release posted on its website on March 15, 2018, “We are seeking feedback from the community.”

“The Strategic Initiatives and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Departments have taken initial feedback and reviewed the options for memorializing Petty,” the announcement said.

Though a concert or music festival garnered the most votes with 41%, the city decided to proceed with the third choice. “Renaming a park or facility” earned 28% of the votes and the city of Gainesville honored its native son on his birthday, October 20, 2018, when it renamed Northeast Park on 16th Ave. to Tom Petty Park.

The marker honoring Petty will be installed in the park.

“The response to Tom Petty’s passing has been very strong, which is understandable given the great love this community has for him. He has made a lasting impact on our culture, and the city wishes to help remember his legacy in a meaningful way,” said Steve Phillips, director for PRCA. Nearly 2,000 Gainesville residents voted for their choice.

“We were there a lot – it was like an extension of our yard,” recalled Petty’s younger, Bruce, about the park to Gainesville’s WUFT-TV. “We could literally walk past four houses, cross 16th, then we were there.”

A Tom Petty weekend was held on October 18-20, 2018, at the Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville with such bands as Free Fallin and the Bayjacks, which features Tom Leadon of Petty’s earlier band, Mudcrutch.

In addition, a free, two-day birthday bash was organized for Oct. 19-20 at the city’s Depot Park, that featured “a musical festival celebrating Petty’s life and legacy through diverse musical performances, art and community engagement.” The area was memorialized in a 1975 single, “Depot Street,” by Heartbreakers precursor Mudcrutch.

 

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Press release mentioned in article above:

 

Help the City Select a Way to Honor Tom Petty

3/15/2018 On Oct. 2, 2017, the residents of Gainesville lost a beloved musician and hometown hero, Tom Petty. In the months since his passing, residents have requested that the City of Gainesville find a way to publicly honor Petty in a lasting and meaningful way. To fulfill this request, we are seeking feedback from the community.

The Strategic Initiatives and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Departments have taken initial feedback and reviewed the options for memorializing Petty. Six viable opportunities presented themselves:

  • renaming a city street;
  • renaming a city park or facility;
  • adding a statue to a city park or facility;
  • hosting an annual concert or music festival;
  • proclaiming his birthday, Oct. 20, as Tom Petty Day or
  • dedicating the month of October to his musical legacy and celebrating the local music culture

“The response to Tom Petty’s passing has been very strong, which is understandable given the great love this community has for him. He has made a lasting impact on our culture, and the city wishes to help remember his legacy in a meaningful way,” says Steve Phillips, director for PRCA.

The survey requests that participants select their top three choices; there is the option for additional feedback for other ideas. The survey may be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TomPettyMemorial, and closes Monday, April 16.

The survey results will provide guidance for the city to move forward with planning and budgets. The proposed timeline is to have the selected project ready or in progress by October, to commemorate the anniversary of Petty’s passing.

 

 

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