If it seems that public property looks a little spiffier around the downtown historic district lately, it's not your imagination.
The city has embarked on an improvement project that includes resealing roads and parking lots and repainting street light poles.
The city spent a little more than $23,500 for resealing J. Arden Mays Boulevard and parking lots at or near Union Station Welcome Center, McCall Park, Drane Street and Bruton Memorial Library, among other work.
Weathered looking street light poles are getting a fresh coat of black paint.
City Manager Greg Horwedel said the city wanted to improve downtown due to an influx of tourists for a Smithsonian exhibit that recently left the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center and the potential for visitors who will be in the area for next month's Republican National Convention in Tampa.