Historic Markers Across Florida

First Citizen, Gavino Gutierrez

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Location: Spanish Park Restaurant, 3517 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Waymark: None


The first citizen of Ybor City was Gavino Gutierrez, Spanish civil engineer. Gutierrez investigated the area in 1884 as a site for a guava processing plant. The guava plant was never erected, but on the strength of Gutierrez´ recommendations his friends, Vicente Martinez Ybor and Ignacio Haya, brought the clear Havana.-cigar industry to Tampa. Gutierrez surveyed and platted what is now Ybor City and located his estate of Spanish Park on this spot. In later years it became a restaurant and scene of many fiestas.

Erected by Spanish Park Restaurant 1962


City: Tampa, FL