Bob Buckhorn’s farewell is emotional, inspiring, full of his Tampa ‘swagger’

Everyone who has paid an ounce of attention to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn knew he would leave office with a heavy heart.

He’ll do so in just two weeks, but not without a proper goodbye in the way Tampa residents have come to love and, sometimes, tease — with swagger.

Buckhorn offered his official goodbye in a nearly nine-minute video called “The Great Eight” highlighting his eight years in office.

“I came here to do big stuff. I came here to build a city. I came here to change a city. I came here to pull a city up by its bootstraps from that recession that had knocked us flat,” Buckhorn said.

“Hopefully when history judges my time here they will say that is exactly what I did.”

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The video runs through eight years of Tampa growth. It shows business ribbon cuttings, River O’ Green celebrations, speeches in the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Buckhorn worked to overhaul and Tampa residents smiling in places that before Buckhorn, were desolate spaces of under-utilized amenities.

“There have been a lot of brick and mortar changes in our community. Downtown is radically different,” Buckhorn says in

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