Confederate flag draws pointed reaction

06/04/08 Seán Kinane

Tampa elected officials weighed in today on the Confederate Flag controversy. WMNF spoke with several members of the Tampa City Council as well as Mayor Pam Iorio.

“I think that such a large confederate flag right off our interstate system is inappropriate. I think it’s divisive for our community, for any community,” Iorio said.

Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott represents District 5, which includes East Tampa. “My hope is the Board of County Commissioners will address that,” Scott said.

John Dingfelder is the Tampa City Council member representing District 4, South Tampa. “I think it’s really unfortunate because it’s a symbol,” Dingfelder said.

West Tampa is represented on City Council by Charlie Miranda. "Well, that’s a county issue but it’s also a lot larger than a county issue," Miranda said.

But Joseph Caetano, who represents District 7 has a more laissez–faire attitude about the confederate flag than his City Council colleagues. “I really don’t know much about it but I think people have the right to do what they want on their own property,” Caetano said.

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