Article published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010
in Seminole Beacon
SEMINOLE – Seminole Goes Green, a local group promoting environmental sustainability, used the recent Pow Wow Festival parade to promote the Seminole water tower park as a drop-off site for recyclable items.
The group constructed a float that used a 9-foot high replica of the Seminole water tower.
Flanked by green-shirted young people distributing parade favors, the float was a big hit with spectators.
“It doesn’t look as sharp as the real tower,” said Patricia Plantamura, a member of Seminole Goes Green, “but the crowds were very pleased with it.”
The group constructed the replica tank with painted shower curtains and pool noodles. Like the real tower, it was adorned with images of seabirds.
The real 110-foot, 3 million gallon tower, originally called the Oakhurst Tank, was built in 1958. It was painted with giant pelicans and cranes in 2000 by artist Tom Stovall.
While Stovall’s design was met with mixed reactions, Seminole residents have come to agree that it provides an easily recognizable landmark. It can be seen up to 10 miles from shore.
The Pinellas County Utilities property at the base of the tower was recently landscaped and named “The Green.”
The Green, located at 113th Street, south of Park Boulevard, has receptacles for steel and aluminum cans, phone books, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, narrow-neck plastic bottles and used cooking oil.
For more recycling options, visit www.pinellascounty.org/recycle.
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