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Signature City St. Petersburg

Program Number: 20429RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 2/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Beautiful Tampa Bay, colorful Florida landscapes and buildings, world class museums and galleries, and a vibrant cultural scene beckon you to this lively city. Learn about the city’s history which began before Spanish Conquistador, Panfilo de Narvaez landed in 1528. Visit a hotel that offers a feast to the eyes as well as the palate and tells of the city’s boom, bust and renaissance through its own history. Stroll in the third-largest downtown waterfront park in North America, behind only Chicago and Vancouver. Visit the museums, galleries, and public art that have earned St Pete a reputation as one of the best arts and cultural communities in the country. Take advantage of ample free time to enjoy the many amenities in one of the world’s most livable cities.




Highlights

• An expert in historic preservation leads a motor coach introduction that tells the city’s unique story.
• At The Dali Museum a docent enlightens you both about the breathtaking building and the largest collection of the surrealist’s work outside Spain.
• Observe a glass-blowing demonstration in the Hot Shop inspired by glass artist, Dale Chihuly, then visit the beautiful Chihuly Collection.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over the course of the day.




Date Specific Information

2-2-2014

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Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Indigo
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Hotel Indigo
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call Hotel Indigo Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Hotel Indigo Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Hotel Indigo that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Hotel Indigo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking is free on premises and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

To/From Eckerd College

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CAR RENTAL

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

To/From Eckerd College

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 
Driving Directions
  North I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and to the downtown St. Petersburg exits.
  South From Tampa International Airport: 1. Head south 2. Take the 1st right, towards George J Bean Outbnd Pkwy 3. Continue straight onto George J Bean Outbnd Pkwy 4. Continue onto George J Bean Inbnd Pkwy 5. Take the slip road onto I-275 S 6. Take exit 23A on the left to merge onto I-375 E towards Baywalk/The Pier 7. Continue onto 4th Ave N 8. Turn right onto 2nd St N 9. Take the 1st right on to 3rd Ave N Hotel Indigo is 234 Third Avenue North From Orlando: I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). Follow the directions from Tampa International Airport for exit from 1-275.
  St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686). Merge onto I-275 south.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and to the downtown St. Petersburg exits.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Opening Dinner, Introductions & Orientation
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in St. Petersburg. HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation this evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, answer any questions you may have, and talk about what's going on in St. Petersburg for free time options. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)
 Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the neighborhood, or relax. You are embarking on a new Signature City program in one of Florida's most welcoming and delightful cities. Famous for more than a century as a desired destination, St. Petersburg is aptly called "Sunshine City" with a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. St. Pete is experiencing an exciting and enriching cultural renaissance as an art city with a number of world-class institutions, some of which you'll explore during our program.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to St. Petersburg via Motorcoach, Lunch and Field Trip at the Vinoy Hotel. Welcome by author, historian, and former Mayor Rick Baker.
(Monday, February 3)

Note: There may be some walking on uneven surfaces to tour a private historic bungalow (subject to availability) An elevator is available for the historic hotel tour



   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: We'll begin each morning with announcements, updates, and an overview of the day's activities. FIELD TRIP: Board the motorcoach with Kai Warren and another historian from St. Petersburg Preservation to tour city neighborhoods and landmarks while learning the city's past and present.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delectable 3-course lunch in Marchand's Bar and Grill, the renowned dining room at the historic Vinoy Hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Renaissance Vinoy Resort. On New Year's Eve 1925, Aymer Vinoy Laughner's dream of an incomparable luxury hotel opened. The Vinoy's resident historian will walk us through this magnificent hotel that was and still is one of the finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Florida. With glazed quarry tiles, frescoed ceilings, intricate ornamental plaster and beautifully painted wood beams, it is a monument of grace and elegance. You'll have free time after the field trip to linger at the Vinoy or explore on your own before dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Author, Historian and former Mayor Rick Baker welcomes you to his favorite city and shares why it is so special.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trips to Sunken Gardens & Salvador Dali Museum, Evening On Your Own
(Tuesday, February 4)

Note: The Sunken Gardens field trip involves walking and standing for a minimum of 90 minutes; few benches to sit on.



   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Sunken Gardens. In 1903, George Turner, Sr. began growing tropical plants in the rich fertile soil and ancient lake in St. Petersburg. What began as a passion for gardening soon blossomed into a world famous botanical garden. Stroll through this 4-acre sanctuary with an expert docent and examine a variety of lush tropical plantings, cascading waterfalls, flowing ponds, exotic birds and rare Chilean flamingos.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Hotel Indigo
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Salvador Dalí Museum. There has been a Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg for 30 years. The spectacular new building protects the most comprehensive private collection of Dalí's work in the world. The entire range of his work is displayed, from early Impressionist paintings through transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period. This constantly growing and evolving artist worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels, and objects of all descriptions.
 Dinner: Dinner is in your own this evening. Your Group Leader will help you select from one of the many excellent restaurants nearby
 Evening: You are on your own this evening to explore St. Petersburg's night life. Suggestions are in your packet, and your Group Leader has many ideas of things to see and do
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Museum of Fine Arts, Glass Blowing Demonstration, tour of Chihuly Collection & Evening Entertainment
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg opened to the public in 1965. The Museum has an eclectic and well represented collection of art from antiquity to the present. The building itself inspired by the Palladian-style architecture houses art and sculpture complete with intimate outdoor garden areas, a library, and their special exhibitions and a small café. It is an art museum that is frequently described as a jewel to those who live here and visitors. Following a docent-led exploration, you'll have time to explore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch is at the Parkshore Grill across the street from the Fine Arts Museum. The chef strives to create every dish using locally grown organic produce, meat, and seafood.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: See why St. Petersburg is recognized as a center for the creation and exhibition of art from glass. Our first stop is to the Morean Arts Center’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop, a must-see opportunity to go behind the scenes and observe working artists creating magnificent glass pieces. The artists will provide step-by-step commentary, talk about the science behind glass and the artistic vision guiding the process. Seated on bleachers, you’ll be able to watch an artist working in front of the furnace with molten glass and techniques dating back thousands of years ago to create glass art ~~ CHIHULY COLLECTION. The tour continues with a visit to a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned Dale Chihuly's unusual artwork in a 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. This is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose and designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience. His spectacular large-scale installations include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works that have thrilled audiences around the globe.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. .
 Evening: Evening entertainment
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Field Trip, Free Afternoon, Preperformance Lecture and Play at American Stage Theatre Company
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Enjoy a tour of St. Pete from a different perspective by one of our art and cultural experts
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own - a chance to try one of the many restaurants you've spotted in your travels through downtown within walking distance of the hotel
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests or to rest in anticipation of our late evening at the theater. Your coordinator will help you choose from the many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: Tonight we attend a lecture and performance at American Stage, Tampa Bay's recognized best professional regional equity theatre. Founded in 1977, their mission is to create the most satisfying live theatre in the Tampa Bay area, accessible to all members of the community. The vision is to preserve the greatest human stories from our past, while creating the most defining stories and storytelling of our time. American Stage presents its Mainstage Series in the 182-seat Raymond James Theatre. Before the performance,.TODD OLSON, Director/Producing Artistic Director) will give a talk about tonight's play He is beginning his tenth season at American Stage Theatre Company, and was named “Best Artistic Director” in the 2011 Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” Awards. Todd has directed over 120 plays, musicals, and operas, including My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (which he co-created) at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. The theatre has undertaken the stunning project to present all 10 of August Wilson's Century Cycle plays, each representing a decade in the 20th Century. This year's play, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, is the 7th in the series. It is 1969, and in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King’s assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee’s diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture. Program Concludes.
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: NOTE: Hotel check-out is by 11:00am. FIELD TRIP: Public Arts and Architecture. Our motor coach will take you throughout St. Petersburg with our expert historian, Marlys Meckler. St. Pete has long been a stylish city and was recently named a top art destination by American Style Magazine. Along with an extraodinary variety of architectural styles and representative buildings, there are more than 80 works of public art.
 Lunch: Returning to the hotel, a buffet lunch will give you a chance to say good bye to new friends and explore ways to keep in touch. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this Signature City program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Suggested Reading List


St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream, 1888-1950


Author: Arsneault, Raymond


Description: St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream, 1888-1950 chronicles the early history of St. Petersburg and the lower Pinellas Peninsula. From the precolumbian culture of the Tocobaga mound-builders to the arrival of the railroad, from the St. Petersburg-Havana yacht races to the tin-can tourists to the first stirrings of the Sunbelt phenomenon following World War II, Raymond Arsenault's history presents a rich tapestry of the area. A forerunner of the modern Sunbelt city, early St. Petersburg successfully mixed southern and northern cultures and used vigorous public relations and advertising to promote itself. By the mid-20th century, the "Sunshine City" had developed into one of the most important resort communities in the United States, a self-styled subtropical playground that stood tantalizingly apart from the mainstream of urban America. Before the age of expressways, heat pumps, fast-food restaurants, and suburban shopping malls, local life revolved around institutions and traditions long associated with the Florida Dream--the centuries-old promise of perpetual warmth, health, comfort, and leisure. Arsenault describes these institutions and many of the personalities that enlivened them--Doc Webb, William Straub, Al Lang, Frank Davis, Handsome Jack Taylor, Katherine Bell Tippetts, and others, whose activities contributed to the distinctive and colorful history of St. Petersburg. Raymond Arsenault is professor of history at the University of South Florida. He is the author of The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics and the editor of Crucible of Liberty: 200 Years of the Bill of Rights.



Mangroves to Major League: A Timeline of St. Petersburg, Florida


Author: Baker, Rick


Description: MANGROVES TO MAJOR LEAGUE provides readers with insights on the ten eras of the country's newest major league city, and provides detailed timelines linking local events to important events in Florida, United States and world history. Includes hundreds of photographs, charts and maps, many never published before.



Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition


Author: de Vaca, Alvar Nunez Cabeza


Description: This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition sent to claim for Spain a vast area of today's southern United States. In simple, straightforward prose, Cabeza de Vaca chronicles the nine-year odyssey endured by the men after a shipwreck forced them to make a westward journey on foot from present-day Florida through Louisiana and Texas into California. In thirty-eight brief chapters, Cabeza de Vaca describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.



St. Petersburg, Florida: Past and Present


Author: Deese, Alma Wynelle


Description: As early as 1905, the city of St. Petersburg began creating postcards to attract not only tourists, but also business-minded individuals seeking an opportunity to take part in the area's growth. Depicting beloved beaches and other sources of natural beauty, as well as a number of local businesses, these surviving postcards offer a glimpse of the Sunshine City in a golden age that is often forgotten.



VOices of America/St. Petersburg: An Oral History


Author: Hartzell, Scott T.


Description: Voices of America: St. Petersburg is peppered with anecdotes, documented histories, and journalistic accounts. Revealed inside is the impact that Swedish immigrant Josef Henschen had in birthing and naming the city. Readers will experience the coming of the Orange Belt Railroad and delve into the lives of pioneers, including postmaster Roy Hanna, cowboy Jay Starkey, and mayor and builder A.C. Pheil. They will travel to the day the 1921 hurricane struck and revel in the antics of mayors Noel Mitchell and Frank Fortune Pulver. Historic photographs, including scenes from Williams Park and the Princess Martha Hotel, abound in this book. C. Perry Snell's rise as a local developer is documented. George Gandy's bridge, once the nation's largest over-water span, is featured, as is the Coliseum, once the nation's most celebrated dance hall. Recognized also is the valor of the Rev. Enoch Davis and Chester James Sr., local civil rights leaders.



Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida


Author: Klinkenberg, Jeff


Description: Florida is a civilized place with eighteen million residents and all of the modern amenities one might expect: fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and luxury accommodations. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators. In this collection of essays about Florida culture—the things that make Florida “Florida”— Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that comprise the Sunshine State. With a keen eye for detail and a lyrical style, Klinkenberg takes us meandering through the swamps and back roads of Florida, stopping to acquaint us with the curious and kooky characters he meets along the way. These sometimes hilarious, sometimes reminiscent stories are as strange and mesmerizing as the people inhabiting this wacky peninsula. Klinkenberg is a journalist who conveys a deep fondness for his state and the curiosity behind his ongoing explorations in each story. Who else would engage a symphony orchestra tuba player to determine if bull gators will thunderously bellow back in a low B-flat during mating season (they do, but they only respond to that pitch). Readers will join Klinkenberg as he roams through the twisted roots of past and present, describing a beautifully swampy place that is becoming increasingly endangered. The traditional ways of the scallop shuckers, moss weavers, and cane grinders in his stories are now threatened by corporate greed, environmental degradation, and mass construction. From fishing camps and country stores to museums and libraries, Klinkenberg is forever unearthing the magic that makes Florida a place worth celebrating. Jeff Klinkenberg grew up in Miami, began working in newspapers at age sixteen, and has been writing for the Tampa Bay Times since 1977. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.



Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida


Author: Mormino, Gary


Description: Florida is a story of astonishing growth, a state swelling from 500,000 residents at the outset of the 20th century to some 16 million at the end. As recently as mid-century, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. At the dawn of the millennium, it is the fourth largest in the country, a megastate that was among those introducing new words into the American vernacular: space coast, climate control, growth management, retirement community, theme park, edge cities, shopping mall, boomburbs, beach renourishment, Interstate, and Internet. Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams attempts to understand the firestorm of change that erupted into modern Florida by examining the great social, cultural, and economic forces driving its transformation. Gary Mormino ranges far and wide across the landscape and boundaries of a place that is at once America's southernmost state and the northernmost outpost of the Caribbean. From the capital, Tallahassee--a day's walk from the Georgia border--to Miami--a city distant but tantalizingly close to Cuba and Haiti--Mormino traces the themes of Florida's transformation: the echoes of old Dixie and a vanishing Florida; land booms and tourist empires; revolutions in agriculture, technology, and demographics; the seductions of the beach and the dynamics of a graying population; and the enduring but changing meanings of a dreamstate. Beneath the iconography of popular culture is revealed a complex and complicated social framework that reflects a dizzying passage from New Spain to Old South, New South to Sunbelt.



St. Petersburg (Then and Now)


Author: O'Brien, Sara


Description: As the "Sunshine City" of St. Petersburg forges onward with new and exciting developments, a legacy of landmarks still remains. The founding fathers envisioned St. Petersburg as a city with great potential for progress and growth. Over the past century, St. Petersburg has far exceeded these vast expectations.



Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg


Author: Reiley, Laura and Bob Jenkins


Description: Tampa resident Laura Reiley and St. Petersburg resident Bob Jenkins offer their unique perspectives on Tampa and St. Petersburg, from exploring the Salvador Dali Museum to enjoying the quirky Gasparilla Pirate Fest. They include trip strategies for a variety of travelers, such as a "Nature Lovers Tour" and "Tampa Sports," covering the Yankees spring training. Including expert advice on the Museum of Science and Industry, Busch Gardens, and nightlife in historic Ybor City, Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.



The Making of St. Petersburg


Author: Michaels, Will


Description: The Making of St. Petersburg captures the character of this bay city through the telling of significant events, from the Spanish clash with indigenous peoples to the creation of the downtown waterfront parks and grand hotels. Take a journey with local historian Will Michaels as he chronicles St. Petersburg’s storied history, including the world’s first airline, the birth of Pinellas County and the good old American pastime, Major League Baseball. The people and events in this work paint a beautiful portrait of a coastal Florida city and reveal St. Petersburg’s sense of place.





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