Confederate flag draws pointed reaction listen06/04/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday | Listen to this entire show:
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.
â€œI think that such a large confederate flag right off our interstate system is inappropriate. I think itâ€™s divisive for our community, for any community,â€ Iorio said.
Tampa City Council Chair Thomas Scott represents District 5, which includes East Tampa. â€œMy hope is the Board of County Commissioners will address that,â€ Scott said.
John Dingfelder is the Tampa City Council member representing District 4, South Tampa. â€œI think itâ€™s really unfortunate because itâ€™s a symbol,â€ Dingfelder said.
West Tampa is represented on City Council by Charlie Miranda. "Well, thatâ€™s a county issue but itâ€™s also a lot larger than a county issue," Miranda said.
But Joseph Caetano, who represents District 7 has a more laissezâ€“faire attitude about the confederate flag than his City Council colleagues. â€œI really donâ€™t know much about it but I think people have the right to do what they want on their own property,â€ Caetano said.
Photo by SeÃ¡n Kinane/WMNF