Kleman Plaza Amphitheater to be Named After Former Mayor-Commissioner Steve Meisburg
December 02, 2013
The City of Tallahassee will honor former Mayor-Commissioner Steve Meisburg immediately following the City Commission meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at approximately 5 p.m. This dedication ceremony and prelude to the Winter Festival will officially name the amphitheater in Kleman Plaza after Meisburg, who played a vital role in the development of the venue and the City's annual Winter Festival festivities. The public is encouraged to attend the event that will take place at the Kleman Plaza amphitheater where Meisburg will unveil a newly installed granite and bronze plaque.
"We are honored to name the amphitheater in Kleman Plaza after former Mayor-Commissioner Meisburg now, with the Winter Festival just around the corner, an event he championed so hard to create," said Commissioner Scott Maddox, who recommended the recognition and served for nearly a decade with Meisburg on the City Commission. "Steve loves this city and gave 16 years of service, advocating for citizens, the arts and a strong downtown. Naming the amphitheater after him is one way of acknowledging all that he has done for our community."
Meisburg served as a City Commissioner from 1987 - 2003, making him the second longest serving Commissioner in Tallahassee history. He also served as Mayor from 1990 - 1991.
When developing the initial idea of a downtown, nighttime winter festival event, Meisburg organized a benefit concert to help raise funds for the event. The Winter Festival has been going strong since the mid-1980s and attracts nearly 150,000 attendants each year.
Meisburg lives in Tallahassee with his wife of 30 years, Brenda. They have two daughters, Becky and Julie, and five grandchildren.
For more information on the Winter Festival, please visit Talgov.com. You can also stay up-to-date with activities from the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs department (PRNA) by liking its Facebook page or following @COTParks on Twitter.
Ashley Edwards, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, 891-3866; or Heather Teter, Communications Department, 891-8533