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City to consider flags in the Roundabout
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Clearwater Beach, Florida -- The center of the beach Roundabout, once home to an elaborate but controversial water fountain that cost millions to remove because it blocked the ability of drivers to see oncoming traffic, may soon have a new purpose.

Mayor George Cretekos proposed Monday the city consider putting flags of the five military branches or service academies and the U.S. Flag in the center of the traffic circle as a way of "finishing off" Memorial Causeway.

He noted that statues of the Doughboy, American Sailor and the American flag are at the start of the causeway, and believed flags at the terminus of the causeway might be appropriate.

Cretekos said his first concern about suggestions for putting something in place of the fountain has been safety, and expressed concern that people might try walking across traffic to get to the inner circle to take pictures.

"Some people had suggested we put a statue of Winter the Tailless Dolphin there, but that's not going to work, that's not going to be safe," he said.

The question now, the mayor said, is whether putting flags in the center of the roundabout is feasible. He directed staff to think about what could or should be done, and report back to the council.

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