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Monument honoring legacy of indigenous group debuted in Indian Shores

The newly-unveiled monument is located at James J. Lawrence Veterans Memorial Park inside Tiki Gardens.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

INDIAN SHORES, Fla. — A new monument honoring the legacy of an indigenous group was unveiled Thursday morning in Indian Shores.

The collaboration between the town of Indian Shores and Legacy Vacation Resorts - Indian Shores gave birth to the structure, which honors the Tocobaga — the Native people of the region.

The newly-debuted monument is located at James J. Lawrence Veterans Memorial Park inside Tiki Gardens.

Visitors can expect to see a plaza with a bronze sculpture of a man, woman and a grandmother holding a baby based on the town’s logo. 

City leaders say the memorial will be a place for people in the community to come together and "reflect on the rich history of the Tocobaga." There will also be a new sidewalk, sponsored by the resort, that is a direct path to the beach.

"The overall design of the plaza was created by local artist Steve Graff and the bronze sculpture was hand crafted by Geza Gaspar," a news release explains. "Construction was handled by Tampa-based firm SIGNSTAR."

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