Artist Barbara Salazar holds up the new Seminole Lake Country Club Estates flag at the entrance to the community.
SEMINOLE – Local artist Barbara Salazar has a number of oils and sculptures to her credit, but only recently did she add something different – her first community flag.
Working closely with Anna Modig of Bananahead Graphics, she designed a flag for Seminole Lake Country Club Estates.
The new flag, which includes a number of historical features, went up recently at the community’s entrances at Augusta Boulevard and Burning Tree Drive, off Park Street.
Salazar, who has lived in Seminole Lake Country Club with her husband Dr. Fernando Salazar since 2003, was approached about the project by fellow SLCC board member Ardeis Scott and homeowners association president David Gardner.
“They wanted to show the community in a different light,” said Salazar. “It’s an older neighborhood and there’s been a real urge to build the community spirit. That’s what we tried to bring together in the (flag) seal.”
The flag, which was produced by The Flag Company in Clearwater, features a light green background with a colorful community seal in the middle.
The seal encompasses aspects of the Seminole Indian flag to honor the heritage of the land. The design also includes a log cabin from the original settlers, which still exists on the golf course, as well as a number of aspects that tie into neighborhood life.
It includes a person in a canoe in a waterway, the sun, vegetation, golf, the homes and a pair of bald eagles in honor of the two that have flown over the community for years.
“It was a two-year project,” said Gardner. “We went through a lot of different themes before we came up with this one.”
Gardner said the homeowners association redesigned the community entrances about eight years ago and tried initially to use flags from different branches of the military.
“That was just a little too much,” said Gardner. “So we decided to go with the state and U.S. flags instead.”
The community flag is the third flag and flanks the U.S. flag, which is in the center.
The flag project is one of many recently completed in the community.
Residents have received new streetlights, a new fence line on Park Street between Augusta Boulevard and Burning Tree Drive, and improved street drainage. City officials are currently in the process of resurfacing the streets.