Key West plans monument to Diana Nyad

Published On: Nov 11 2013 10:47:39 AM EST
KEY WEST, Fla. -

Plans for a monument to endurance swimmer Diana Nyad are in the works in Key West.

City Manager Bob Vitas last week asked Key West's Art in Public Places committee to start working on plans for a monument to Nyad, who swam more than 110 miles from Havana to Key West over the Labor Day weekend.

Vitas told The Key West Citizen that Nyad's accomplishment deserves "something to recognize the historical significance of that event for generations to see."

The arts committee has suggested launching an international design competition.

Nyad staggered ashore at Key West's Smathers Beach after swimming for more than 53 hours. It was her fifth attempt to complete the Cuba-to-Florida swim.

Last month, Nyad served as grand marshal of the city's annual Fantasy Fest parade.


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