Tampa International Airport wants you to name the big flamingo

Created by artist Matthew Mazzotta, the sculpture is a regular stop for tourist photos and selfies.

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Earlier this year, Tampa International Airport (TPA) installed a new 21-foot flamingo statue, and now it needs a name.

The airport announced a "Name That Flamingo" contest this morning, and besides some serious bragging rights, the winner also score a "VIP Experience" package to Busch Gardens, which includes four single-day tickets, dining passes, quick queue unlimited passes, and preferred parking.

And, because this is an airport contest, the winner will also receive four nonstop, roundtrip tickets on Silver Airways, and an invite to the naming ceremony.

Voting starts today, and runs through Dec. 6. Submissions can be entered at namtheflamingo.com. TPA staff will select their top three names, and public voting will begin on Monday, Dec. 12.

The winning name will then be revealed via TPA's social media accounts on Friday, Dec. 16.

Created by artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Best of the Bay-winning sculpture is called "Home" and is regular stop for tourist photos and selfies. It also has already been given the unofficial name of "Tia,"  but that doesn't mean it shouldn't get a superior new name like Flam, or Big Pinky, or as one TPA social media commenter suggested "Herald." 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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