Editor: Hats off to Eva Jones, Bob Castles, Charles Block and other civic leaders that helped persuade our Seminole City Council members to honor our past Mayor Holland Mangum in the naming of the Seminole Recreation Complex in his name.
Council member Pat Hartstein is right on target saying that Mayor Mangum was a visionary. And he was, and still is, one of the best. Someone once said, ‘By the time most folks realize something is a good deal, it no longer is.’ Holland was always one of those folks that saw value where most folks didn’t – and he took a whole lot of political and personal flack over some of those decisions. Now, we all look back and should be so thankful that he had the foresight to make those tough decisions.
I think back over the past 24 years that I have been in Seminole, how many things Holland Mangum was a direct and driving force in – besides the acquisition of the property that will bear his name. There was Seminole Fire Rescue, the formation of the city of Seminole itself, the completion of the Intracoastal Bridge at Indian Rocks Beach, the 102nd Avenue Bridge over Lake Seminole, the Seminole Library, and the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College, which adjoins the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex.
Congratulations to Mayor Holland and many thanks to Mayor Reeder, all the City Council members, and all those Seminole community leaders who helped in bestowing this well deserved honor on him. This is the stuff that makes Seminole such a great place to live and work.