Hometown Mayor Planning Memorial
… Little Help, Gainesville!
10/9/2017 12:40 AM PDT
Tom Petty will be honored in his birthplace … just as soon as the Mayor and citizens of Gainesville come up with a unique enough concept to honor the rock legend.
Mayor Lauren Poe — who went to the same high school as Tom — tells TMZ he’s putting together a proposal to honor their hometown hero, but says no street sign or symbolic “Tom Petty Day” will do.
Poe says if the city approves a Petty memorial, in theory, his next move will be fielding innovative and interactive suggestions from the public. He’s looking for something recurring and interactive — like an annual gathering for fans that would double as a memorial.
Hizzoner will get plenty of pitches — we’re told local musicians have been covering Petty tunes nonstop since his death Monday, and tribute bands are already reaching out to the Mayor.