Save Southern Heritage – FL


Press Release: Confederates Declare Victory in Tampa!


June 21, 2017


For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
David McCallister 813-778-1202
Confederate Statue Saved in Tampa Commissioners Vote 4-3 for Protection of All Veterans War Memorials


Tampa – In an unprecedented move today, the Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 to keep the county’s Confederate Veterans War memorial at it’s current location in downtown Tampa.


Led by the Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Stacy White (R-Tampa), the commission also approved his motion to direct the staff to create a veterans’ war memorial preservation ordinance to protect all veterans memorials in perpetuity.


The commissioners were swamped by thousands of calls and emails during the past week by voters insisting that the monument be maintained right where it is.


SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE FLORIDA commissioned a voter survey by Gravis Marketing, a nationally recognized public opinion firm that showed overwhelming support to the Confederate statue. That combined with an aggressive grassroots campaign led by SSHF, helped provide the platform for approval by the commission. Additionally, hundreds of monument supporters flooded the commission chamber with voters insisting on the monument remaining and the new protection ordinance be enacted.


“We are pleased with this decision. It puts the brakes on the domino effect in Florida that started with New Orleans’ decision to erase history” said Save Southern Heritage FL spokesman David McCallister.


The vote following a showdown two weeks ago when liberal Democrat commissioner Les Miller was planning a vote to remove the statue. Due to the overwhelming voter outcry coordinated by the SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE FLORIDA group, Miller was forced to abandon that vote and try again today.


Hillsborough County, center of Florida’s Tampa bay area, is Florida’s 2nd largest metropolitan area by population.


“This historic vote begins to reverse the utterly false and fake narrative by radical extremist groups that want to redefine and re-write our history,” As Florida’s 2nd largest metropolitan area, this send a strong single throughout Florida and the rest of the country to ‘leave our veterans monuments alone and preserve the memory of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and beliefs.


The veterans war memorial protection ordinance will be drafted by the legal staff and presented to the commission at their July meeting. After approval at that meeting, it will go to a public hearing and final vote in August.


“The Commission did the right thing for the right reasons” concluded McCallister.


Save Southern Heritage – FL
PO Box 291053
Tampa, FL 33617