Muralist Carl Cowden III is taking advantage of his second chance.
For the past two weeks Cowden has been repainting a postcard mural of scenes from old Tampa. He first painted the image in 2003 on the side of the brick building at 1102 N. Florida Ave.
This go-round he will tweak a few details, notably painting an additional University of Tampa minaret and sketching the palm trees more to his liking.
"I've always wanted to redo it," Cowden said.
Earlier this year structural damage to the wall made it necessary to remove the entire mural, which for years had been a familiar sight to motorists heading north on Florida away from downtown. City officials liked the mural so much that they hired Cowden to re-create it. He plans to finish by the end of the month in plenty of time for the Republican National Convention.
He is keeping the colors bold and eye-catching. "That's what I like to do with murals anyway," he said. "People stop by every day to take a picture. I was really excited by that. It's for them, not for me."