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Residents Work to Save Publix Mural Pieces

The community is invited to help chisel away pieces of the Publix mural in the downtown redevelopment area before it is demolished tomorrow.

With hammers and chisels in hand community residents David Long and Elaine Coniglio are removing pieces of tile from the old in the .

"We're having a chipping party," said Coniglio, a GFWC Temple Terrace Woman's Club member.

The building is slated to be demolished tomorrow.

The pieces will be repurposed somehow once they are removed, Long and Coniglio explained. They might be used by the woman's club or local garden groups to create a mosaic, commemorative art, a path through a garden or perhaps at one of the city's recreation centers.

The community has the approval of Mark Sneed of Vlass Temple Terrace, the company in charge of the redevelopment project, to remove the tiles, said Long, owner of .

Long and Coniglio said they plan to stay for a little while longer, but anyone can come help with the removal, which has to be complete by tomorrow morning. Those who want to help should bring a hammer, chisel, safety goggles and gloves.

"Come tonight if you want to save any tiles," Long said.

Sherri Lonon February 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM
So glad to see they're saving some of this history. That mural is one of the very first things I saw when we moved to Florida when I was a kid.
Grant Rimbey February 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Great job all!
Melissa DeCambra February 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I wish I would have known! I would have joined and helped!
harry stevens August 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thank you my aunts painted that this means a lot

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