Many of the engraved hexagonal “Walk of Fame” sidewalk pavers found on 7th Avenue from Nick Nuccio to 26th Street and on the north side of 9th Avenue between 18th & 19th Streets in Ybor City have been rendered almost illegible due to a confluence of various human bodily excretions.
Many people who paid the Ybor City Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) office between $150 and $175 for the commemorative pavers are upset as well as disgusted by the situation.
“I met my ex-wife in Ybor City so my brother-in-law got us one as a wedding gift. He’s a dumbass and just one reason I’m glad I’m divorced but still, it’s there and has my name on it… but you can’t even see it now”, said Roy Blivins on a recent visit to the hookah bar at the corner of 7th Avenue and 17th Street. “It looks like someone was stabbed while peeing on it and then they threw up as they bled out and then ejaculated.”
Amir, an employee of the hookah shop confirmed that exact scenario as a plausible theory.
“It’s at least possible, if not downright likely”, he said. “Especially on Saturday night. Or Friday night. Or Thursday night. Or early Sunday morning. I don’t know. I’m not here 24 hours, man.”
“Let’s just say I’ve seen worse.”
Jeff Stimple, a staff member with the CRA office doesn’t think people’s complaints are valid.
“It says very clearly on our web site that ‘the lifespan of engraved pavers cannot be guaranteed since they are in the outside environment 24/7 or due to construction work that may occur in the right of way’. And when we’re talking about the ‘outside environment’ of Ybor, what do you think we mean?”