Celebrating city’s centennial includes new logo

— The city council selected the winner of a contest that asked local artists to create a logo for the city’s centennial celebration next year.

In response to the call for artists last November, nine submitted a total of 31 prospective logos. City employees narrowed the pool by voting for the top two entries.

A design by Michael O’Connell depicting the Pinellas County Courthouse, Capitol Theatre, Water’s Edge condominium and the Memorial Causeway Bridge received the most votes with 173. Sara Mullins and iQBranding’s entry featuring the bridge, a dolphin and trumpet came in second with 163 votes.

To mark the founding date of May 27, 1915, the city is planning a yearlong celebration. Commemorative activities will be incorporated into existing events including the Martin Luther King Jr. observances in January, the April Fun ’n Sun Festival, the city’s Fourth of July bash and Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October. A historical play, art programs and a centennial ball also are being considered.

The winning logo will be featured on signs, banners, posters and the city’s website.

As centennial events are finalized, they will be posted at and on the city’s Facebook page.

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