TAMPA (FOX 13) – A man whose name is synonymous with Ybor City cigars was honored by the city today. Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled a new street name: Part of Second Avenue will now be known as Carlos Fuente’s Way.
Twenty-five years ago, Tampa’s two oldest family-owned cigar companies merged. The J.C. Newman Cigar Company and the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company became the Fuente and Newman Cigar Company.
“When I saw the sign, I was blown away. I almost started crying,” offered Carlos Fuente. “This is my whole life, Ybor City. There’s nothing like Ybor City and nothing like the United States.”