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After a lengthy debate, the city of Hollywood is moving forward with renaming Forrest, Lee and Hood streets, which honor Confederate war heroes.

At Wednesday’s regular commission meeting, Mayor Josh Levy said he was ready to finalize this issue, which has been going on for several years.

"We stand certainly for much better than what those men stood for," Levy said. "We don't have to honor something that's so offensive to all of us."

UPDATE: Manatee County removed the Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse at 3:30 AM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. A county press release says the statue was broken during removal, and is now in an undisclosed place. 

After a few hundred protesters marched through downtown Bradenton Monday evening, Manatee County commissioners voted Tuesday to remove a Confederate statue from the front of the Manatee County courthouse. Although there were multiple heated interactions and three arrests, the protest ended peacefully.

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Protesters gathered Thursday at the Confederate statue in downtown Tampa. It happened the day after Hillsborough County Commissioners backtracked on removing it from public display.

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The Confederate statue at the county courthouse in downtown Tampa may not be moving after all. Hillsborough County Commissioners are now asking the public to pay for it.

At Lee County’s regular commission meeting Tuesday morning, locals used the public comment period to voice their opinions about removing Confederate memorials in public spaces. People spoke for and against the move.

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Cities around the country are moving to remove symbols of the Confederacy from public places. 

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The Hillsborough County sheriff's Office says someone splashed red paint around the Confederate Memorial Park, just outside Tampa.