Barrier surrounds Confederate Statue during final weeks at courthouse

By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT

The Confederate Statue in downtown Tampa is now surrounded by a wall. 

Officials were concerned with potential vandalism, so they put up the barriers out of an abundance of caution. 

The barrier went up just hours after donations poured in from some big names in the Bay area, pledging more than $180,000 to have the statue removed. 

The Hillsborough County Commissioners gave the community 30 days to raise $140,000 needed to relocate the monument. 

The monument is expected to be removed from downtown by mid-September and in its new location at the Bradenton Cemetery in mid-November. 

Where the monument will be placed in the cemetery depends on the final results of the ground penetrating radar and surveying. 

The most expensive aspects of the move are the costs associated with putting the monument up in the cemetery. The county estimates that will cost about $83,000 and the cost for construction at the cemetery is estimated around $100,000. 

From the permitting, to the actual removal, and set up in the cemetery, the county estimates the $285,000 project should be complete by Nov. 15. 

The public raised more than $180,000 through a gofundme page set up by a local attorney. 

Tampa's Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tony Dungy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lightning, the Rays, and the Chamber of Commerce, all came together contributing tens of thousands of dollars. 

The gofundme page is now asking for the public's input on what to do with the extra $40,000 raised. 

For now, the Confederate Monument that sat in front of the Hillsborough County courthouse for years, is surrounded by plywood with security guards and a volunteer standing by to make sure it's not vandalized in its final weeks there.