Tampa International Airport held a contest to name the new flamingo art statue in the main terminal. The week long entry period brought in over 65,000 entries to name the giant bird. The winner of the flamingo contest chosen name gets free 4 roundtrip plane tickets to anywhere in the U.S.. On Friday, December 30 the airport announced the finalist names for the competition. After thousands of entries we find it hard to believe that these basic names were the best of the best. The names we get to vote on are:

1) Cora
2) Finn
3) Phoebe
While each name sounds basic, they all have their own unique meaning. Cora comes from the Spanish word “Corazon” which translate to heart. The name of the art piece is “Home” so the name Cora is an expansion of the phrase “Home is where the heart is.”
Finn might be our favorite. It has the perfect ring to it. The submission noted that flamingos look like they have fins on their feet they forgot to take off, so the name is very fitting.
Phoebe is a play on flamingo’s scientific name, Phoenicopterus. The overall “Home” sculpture is literally brilliant and reveals the flamingo’s inquisitiveness as it hunts for food in the shallows.
There’s not that much time to vote on the new name. The poll closes on January 2nd, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.. Click here to vote for your favorite. 

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