Mayor Buckhorn Announces New "Welcome to West Tampa" Mural Will Honor Heritage of Neighborhood

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that the City of Tampa will paint the elevated water tower in West Tampa to welcome residents and honor the history and culture of the West Tampa community.

"When I think of West Tampa, I think about the social clubs and cigar factories, little league games, and community leaders like Charlie Miranda and EJ Salcines. This is an opportunity to tell West Tampa's story, which is so ingrained in the fabric of Tampa," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "It is just one way to honor the heritage and culture of the West Tampa community that continues to shape our city."

The painting resembles an oversized cigar wrapper, a nod to the cigar factories which brought so many new residents to the area at the turn of the century. "Welcome to West Tampa," will be painted across the water tower and will be able to be seen from I-275 and other surface streets.

"The men and women who made West Tampa a part of Tampa and Tampa what it is today, this is the way to say thank you to them for all the times that were really, really hard," said Tampa City Council Chair Charlie Miranda, who also represents the West Tampa area.

Brothers Peter and Rolf Goetzinger, known as the Artistbrothers, have been chosen to paint the large-scale image. The projected cost is $33,800, and will be paid for by the City of Tampa.

Before it is painted, the City of Tampa will repair and re-coat the elevated tank, which will cost approximately $350,000. The recoating and painting is anticipated to begin in January 2014, and is scheduled to take four months to complete.

To download a rendering of the image, please visit


The City of West Tampa was incorporated in 1895, and was annexed into the City of Tampa in 1925. By 1905, the City of West Tampa was the fifth largest city in the state of Florida, and the second largest, behind Tampa, in Hillsborough County.

The West Tampa elevated water tank was constructed in 1954, and is one of two elevated water tanks currently in the City of Tampa. The tank stands at 126 feet tall, and is clearly visible from I-275, downtown, and other points west of the Hillsborough River.

For more information about Peter and Rolf Goetzinger, please visit their website at