Besides the benefits of recreating a historic icon,
reduced pesticide use and providing a habitat for
local native bats, the new reconstructed tower
will be a major tourist attraction and destination
for Temple Terrace and the surrounding area.
Locals and tourists congregate by the hundreds
on Summer evenings in Gainesville and Austin
to see the spectacle of hundreds of bats emerging
from their roosts for a night of insect hunting.
Check out the Youtube videos of the
Gainesville and Austin roosts at right.
Below are numbers from the large bat roosts in
Gainesville, Florida, and Austin, Texas. The number
of bats the Temple Terrace tower will have
will be between Gainesville and Austin, or about