City of Stuart Water Tower nominated for ‘Tank of the Year’
Stuart, FL – The voting period has begun for TNEMEC’s 2017 ‘Tank of the Year’ competition and the City of Stuart’s Water Tower is among the list of nominated competitors.
The City’s Water Tower is a 250,000 gallon tank originally constructed in 1959. It was later encircled by the American flag, painted as a suggestion by the Martin County High School bi-centennial class of 1976. Since that time, the water tower has been a landmark and historical symbol of the downtown Stuart area.
In 1991, the City considered repainting the tower green or silver, traditional colors of water towers throughout the nation. In response, several community organizations and representatives, including the VFW, Boy Scouts, Stuart Main Street, Veterans, and other private residents came forward to speak in favor of keeping the flag on the tower. One of those community residents was Mabel Witham, who appeared before the City Commission with an American flag draped around her shoulders, speaking in honor of veterans and in support of the flag remaining on the tower.
Recognizing that the community felt so strongly about the flag, the City Commission unanimously agreed on a compromised plan to put two American flags and the City name on the tower, which have remained ever since.
To cast a vote for the City of Stuart Water Tower, please visit: http://tankoftheyear.tnemec.com/. Then, scroll down the alphabetical list until you see Stuart. Click on the voting (checkmark) link, type in your name and email and submit.
Votes are being collected until October 20th.