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Tampa, Florida (U.S.)

Hillsborough County

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[Tampa, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008



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Description of the Flag

A modified burgee-shaped flag with red-white-blue stripes near the hoist, a blue stripe horizontal, yellow-red-yellow vertical stripes in the center, red-white-red horizontal chevrons toward the fly, and red and green trim at the fly, all on a white field.  Fourteen white stars are arranged on the blue stripes.  At the center is the city seal.
Source: NAVA City Flag Survey

The NAVA image is at www.nava.org/Flag%20Design/City%20Survey%202004/city_flag_photos/Tampa.jpg and shown in the American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003).

The official page about the flag at www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/Information_resources/archives/City_of_Tampa_Flag.asp says that "Until 1930, the City of Tampa had no flag. In June of that year a local industrial engineer presented Mayor D. B. McKay with his original design symbolizing the city's multi-national heritage. McKay, in turn, presented the banner to the Board of Representatives and recommended that it be adopted as the official flag of the City. Meeting on July 1, 1930 the Board acted favorably on the recommendation. One week later during a session of the Board, Mayor McKay publicly and officially accepted the flag from its designer, F. Grant Whitney. Red, white, and blue for the Stars and Stripes, the red and gold of Spain, the British Union Jack, the red, white and green of Italy and the French tricolor were used to portray the countries that contributed to the growth of Florida."

The photo at the official city website (www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/Information_resources/archives/Records/Images/City_of_Tampa%20_Flag.gif ) seems to show the same version of the seal as in the NAVA image, (also shown here: www.creativeartsinc.com/gs_tpa2.html ) and not the more stylized (more recent?) version used standalone by the city (e.g. at www.flachildrensmuseum.com/Images/TampaCitySeal.gif ) as in the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TampaCityFlag.PNG flag image used in Wikipedia and many other sites.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008


Ybor City

This postcard was sold on E-bay in February 2005.  It appears to show a flag of Ybor City, a district of Tampa, diagonally quartered green, yellow, red and blue, with a central circular emblem incorporating the name and a cigar, and a narrow centered vertical white stripe.
located by Dov Gutterman, 22 February 2005
Ybor City website

Tampa has the oldest Cuban-American community in the US (19th century). Ybor City is the district where they've settled.
Al Kirsch, 22 February 2005


Port Tampa Bay

[Port Tampa Bay, Florida] image by Randy Young, 14 March 2016

"Port Tampa Bay, known as the Port of Tampa until January 2014, is the largest port in the state of Florida and is overseen by the Tampa Port Authority, a Hillsborough County agency. The port is located in Tampa, Florida near downtown Tampa's Channel District. The port directly accesses Tampa Bay on the western coast of the Florida Suncoast, and is approximately 25 sea miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The boundaries of the Port district includes parts of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River. The port serves container ships and cruise lines. It was established in 1924"
Sources: http://www.tampaport.com/about-port-tampa-bay/about-port-tampa-bay/history.aspx
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Tampa_Bay

The flag is the logo (http://www.iamparagon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PTB_logo.gif) on a horizontal white flag as seen here (flag on the right): http://www.puertodebarranquilla.com/media/1523020_10202935202157504_1720888614_o-copia.jpg (source: http://www.puertodebarranquilla.com/?p=2789)

For additional information go to Tampa Port (official website): http://www.tampaport.com/
Esteban Rivera, 14 March 2016