Open Gate Motel ,
Before the interstates were built, Florida Avenue was one of the main thoroughfares leading into Tampa. The Open Gate Motel, along with many other motels once located along Florida Avenue, welcomed visitors from the north heading towards downtown Tampa.
You can see read more about Tampa’s neon signs in the book Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes.
Historic photograph Courtesy of the Cinchett family
Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein