The second and final day of the Florida Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit built off the momentum of its opening day, beginning and ending with big announcements and featuring about 20 more intricate presentations inside Amalie Arena.
During her welcoming address, Tampa mayor Jane Castor announced she would accept her salary in bitcoin.
Celsius, a financial platform where consumers can earn, borrow and pay with cryptocurrency on the blockchain, and a key sponsor of the summit, offered to facilitate the transaction. A spokesperson for Castor later clarified the mayor will receive two paychecks in the apex cryptocurrency. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez recently became the first U.S. mayor to accept his salary in bitcoin and was then joined by New York’s newly-elected mayor, Eric Adams.
Elected officials receiving any portion of their salary in bitcoin is a boon to crypto enthusiasts, who see it as yet another sign the burgeoning currency and technology is gaining mainstream acceptance.
“Blockchain is the future of transactions – without a doubt,” said Castor in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And look at the explosion of cryptocurrency. So, we’re very excited to be hosting this right in the City of Tampa, and we want to be the leader in blockchain and cryptocurrency.”
Nuke Goldstein, co-Founder of Celsius, immediately