How should Tom Petty's home town honor him?

Tom Petty's hometown of Gainesville, Florida is seeking fans' opinions on how best to honor the fallen Heartbreaker, who died on October 20th, 2017. A survey has been posted online by The Strategic Initiatives and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Departments, after taking initial feedback and reviewed the options for memorializing Petty. Steve Phillips, the director for PRCA, said, "The response to Tom Petty’s passing has been very strong, which is understandable given the great love this community has for him. He has made a lasting impact on our culture, and the city wishes to help remember his legacy in a meaningful way."

The "six viable opportunities" to salute Tom Petty's life and work are:

  • Renaming a city street.
  • Renaming a city park or facility.
  • Adding a statue to a city park or facility.
  • Hosting an annual concert or music festival.
  • Proclaiming his birthday, October 20th, as "Tom Petty Day" or dedicating the month of October to his musical legacy and celebrating the local music culture.

To check out the survey on options, log on to:

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