Legislature renaming part of U.S. 19 to honor Tarpon Springs officer killed on duty – Florida Politics

Legislature renaming part of U.S. 19 to honor Tarpon Springs officer killed on duty

Officer Charles ‘Charlie K’ Kondek Jr.

Florida lawmakers are seeking to rename a section of Alternate U.S. 19 in northern Pinellas County after a Tarpon Springs police officer killed in the line of duty in 2014.

On Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously approved changing the name of a stretch between Tarpon Avenue and the Pasco County line to the Officer Charles ‘Charlie K’ Kondek Jr. Memorial Highway.

The House passed a companion Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Kondek had responded to a noise complaint in December 2014 when the 45-year-old officer was shot and killed.

Police later charged Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., with the shooting. The 23-year-old had been released from prison that March and was wanted for alleged probation violation.

“I thought this would be a very good way to remember his service and his sacrifice,” Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala told the Senate before passing the measure.

Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls sponsored the House version.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range included covering news, local government and nightclub reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for an online metaphysical website among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for Florida Politics since 2013 and lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul.


  1. I was honored to watch this bill pass. Our children and I will forever be grateful for this. It’s our hope that Charlie will never be forgotten. We still miss him tremendously. Thank you for this article!
    Teresa Kondek
    Proud widow of Officer Charles Kondek, Jr.
    Tarpon Springs Police Dept.
    EOW 12/21/14

  2. Your headline and photo are misleading because they reference US 19, but Alternate 19 is the road being renamed in Officer
    Kondek’s memory.

  3. There is not a time that I pass through town that I don’t think of that horrible fateful night and I am just an ordinary resident that has been deeply touched by this horrific incident. Thank you for passing this bill to honor someone that gave his life for his community. I know I will never forget.

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