St Petersburg City, Pinellas County, Florida (FL) 33701

St Petersburg City

Pinellas County, Florida

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St. Petersburg City Hall is located at 175 5th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Phone: 727‑893‑7171.


Home located in the Kenwood Historic District

St. Petersburg as Described in 1939 [1]

Conceived and publicized almost solely as a winter resort, St. Petersburg's leading industry is its tourist business. Its healthful location was approved as early as 1885 by the American Medical Association, when one scientist completed records at Pinellas Point showing the peninsula to be one of the sunniest regions in the United States.

Neighborhoods

  • Roser Park Historic District
  • Airy Acres
  • Allen Gay
  • Allendale Terrace
  • Alma Heights
  • Anchor Cove
  • Angels
  • Angie
  • Ann Park Heights
  • Antondale
  • Arbor Grove Condos
  • Arbor Heights
  • Arcadia
  • Arcadian Heights
  • Arlington Lofts
  • Arlington Park
  • Asbury Arms
  • Asplins
  • Austins
  • Avalon
  • Avocado
  • Back Bay at Carillon
  • Back Bay Homes
  • Back Bay Manor
  • Bacopa Bay
  • Bahama Beach
  • Bahama Park
  • Bahia Del Mar
  • Bahia Shores Condos
  • Bahia Vista
  • Bakers
  • Banyan Bay
  • Barcelo Park
  • Barcley Estates
  • Barkwood Square
  • Barnards
  • Barrys Hillside Homes
  • Bartletts Orange Park
  • Batemans
  • Bay Breeze Cove
  • Bay Colony Estates
  • Bay Front
  • Bay Island
  • Bay Isle Key
  • Bay Park Gardens
  • Bay Pines
  • Bay Pines Estates
  • Bay Pines Lakes
  • Bay Pines Terrace
  • Bay Point Plaza Apartments
  • Bay Shore
  • Bay Shore Park
  • Bay State
  • Bay Villas Condos
  • Bay Vista Park
  • Bayboro
  • Baybridge Heights
  • Bayfront Tower
  • Baynard Lee
  • Bayou Bonita
  • Bayou Bonita Park
  • Bayou Grande
  • Bayou Heights
  • Bayou View
  • Bayou Vista
  • Baypointe Preserve
  • Bayview Addition
  • Bayview Terrace
  • Bayway Condo
  • Bayway Condos
  • Bayway Isles Condos
  • Beach Drive Condos
  • Beacon
  • Beauclaire Highlands
  • Bell Place
  • Bellbrook Heights
  • Bellecrest Heights
  • Bellwood
  • Belvidere
  • Benbows
  • Bengers
  • Bennington
  • Bentons
  • Bermuda Bay Beach
  • Bethwood Terrace
  • Beulah Park
  • Bickleys Lakewood
  • Big Bayou
  • Biltmore Terrace
  • Blackwoods
  • Blossom Lake Village
  • Bobbitts
  • Boca Ceiga Heights
  • Boca Ciega Club
  • Boca Ciega Isle
  • Boca Ciega Point
  • Boca Ciega Point East
  • Boca Ciega Shores
  • Boca Ciega Woodlands
  • Bon Air
  • Bon Creek Park
  • Bonnie Belle
  • Bonnivista
  • Boones
  • Bordo
  • Boswells
  • Bozemans
  • Brentwood Heights
  • Brevard Terrace
  • Briarwood Acres
  • Bridgeton North Condos
  • Bridgetown
  • Bridgeview
  • Bridgewater Place
  • Bridgeway Addition
  • Bridwells Shadow Lawn Park
  • Brighton Bay
  • Brightwaters Tower
  • Brightwood
  • Broadacres
  • Broadmoor
  • Broadwater
  • Broadway Add
  • Broadway Addition
  • Bronx
  • Brookside Mobile Manor
  • Brookside Park
  • Brookville Heights
  • Brownleigh Court
  • Brunson
  • Brunsons
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Buckeye
  • Buena Vista
  • Bungalow Terrace
  • Burnside at Lellman
  • Calais Village Condos
  • Caldwells
  • Caledonia
  • Calla Terrace
  • Captivas at Marina Bay Condo
  • Caroline Park
  • Carriage Bay
  • Cary
  • Casa Del Mar
  • Casablanca
  • Cashwells
  • Casler Heights
  • Catalina Gardens
  • Caya Costa
  • Central Avenue Heights
  • Central Avenue Homes
  • Central Park
  • Chalet on the Lake Condos
  • Chambers Addition
  • Charles Court
  • Chateaux Versailles
  • Chatham Park
  • Checkerboard Court
  • Cherokee
  • Chevy Chase
  • Chicago
  • Childs Park
  • Ciega Verde Condo
  • Cinnamon Lake
  • Cisney Homes
  • Citrus Heights
  • Citrus Park
  • City Lofts South
  • Clear Vista
  • Clearview
  • Clearview Highlands
  • Clearview Oaks
  • Cloister Beach Drive
  • Club at Feather Sound
  • Club Bahia Vista
  • Club Chalet Mobile Homes
  • Cluster Homes Condos
  • Coffee Pot Bayou
  • College Landings
  • College Park
  • Colonial Annex
  • Colonial Court Condos
  • Colonial Heights Addition
  • Colonial Parks
  • Columbia Heights
  • Columbia Towers Condos
  • Concord Towers Condos
  • Concord Village
  • Continental Towers
  • Coolidge Park
  • Coppins Court
  • Coquina Key
  • Coronado Lake
  • Corsons
  • Country Club Homes
  • Country Club Villas
  • Crescent Heights
  • Crescent Lake City
  • Crescent Lake Gardens
  • Crescent Lake Heights
  • Crescent Lake Park
  • Crescent Lake Terrace
  • Crescent Lake View
  • Crescent Park Heights
  • Crestmont
  • Crestwood
  • Crisp Manor
  • Cromwell Heights
  • Cross Corners
  • Crossroads Estates
  • Crosswinds
  • Crump
  • Darrow Estates
  • Davista
  • Dearmins
  • Del Centro Condos
  • Delmar Villas Condos
  • Delmonte
  • Disston Arms
  • Disston Gardens
  • Disston Heights
  • Disston Hills
  • Disston Manor
  • Disston Park
  • Disston Terrace
  • Disstonia
  • Dixie Crossings
  • Dixie Terrace
  • Dolphin Cay
  • Dominica at Dolphin
  • Doris Heights
  • Dorothy Manor
  • Douglas Park
  • Downtown Historic District
  • Driftwood
  • Eagle Court
  • Eagle Crest
  • Eagle Manor
  • East Pasadena
  • East Roselawn
  • East View Addition
  • Easterbrook
  • Eden Isle
  • Eden Shores Condos
  • Edenwood Addition
  • Edgemoor Estates
  • Edgewater Estates
  • Edgewood Court
  • Edmoor Estates
  • Edward Lawrence Apts
  • El Dorado Hills
  • Enclave
  • Enclave at Sabal Pointe
  • Enclave at St Peters
  • Estelle Manor
  • Euclid Estates
  • Euclid Grove
  • Euclid Highlands
  • Euclid Manor
  • Euclid Park
  • Euclid Place
  • Eveland Rep
  • Fair View Heights
  • Fairfield View
  • Fairmount Park
  • Fairview Estates
  • Fairway Green
  • Fareham Square Condos
  • Farrington Arms
  • Fern Lake Rev
  • Five Towns
  • Flemings
  • Floral Villa Estates
  • Floral Villa Park
  • Florencia Condo
  • Floriana Park
  • Florida Heights
  • Foremans
  • Forest Heights
  • Forest Hill
  • Fourth Street North
  • Francella Park
  • Franklin Heights
  • Fraze Acres
  • French Quarter North
  • Fruit Haven
  • Fruitland Heights
  • Fuller Garden Homes
  • Gables Crescent Park
  • Galea Heights
  • Gandy Townhomes
  • Garden City
  • Garden Manor
  • Gateway By Bay Condos
  • Gateway Estates
  • Gateway Square Apartments
  • Gautier
  • Gentry Gardens
  • Georgian Terrace
  • Gilmore Heights
  • Glen Oak Court
  • Glenside
  • Glenwood
  • Glenwood Heights
  • Glenwood Park
  • Golden Crest
  • Golden Flamingo
  • Golden Gate Condos
  • Golden Glow Grove
  • Golden Palm Manor
  • Granada Heights
  • Granada Terrace
  • Grand View Terrace
  • Grande Verandahs
  • Greater Euclid Place
  • Green Acres
  • Green Lawn
  • Greenwood Park
  • Griffins
  • Grove Heights
  • Grove Park
  • Grovemont
  • Halls Central
  • Hamilton House Condos
  • Hampton
  • Hancocks
  • Hanna Park
  • Harbor Isle
  • Harbor Lights
  • Harbordale
  • Harcourt
  • Harcourt Estates
  • Hargraves
  • Harper Circle
  • Harper Terrace
  • Harrington Heights
  • Harris Farms
  • Harshaw
  • Harshaw Lake
  • Harveys
  • Hauk Sub
  • Havana Park
  • Haven Park
  • Hazens
  • Heritage House Condos
  • Heritage Oaks
  • Herkimer Heights
  • Herron Heights
  • Hialea
  • Hidden Bay Villas
  • Highland Courtyard
  • Highland Groves
  • Highland Terrace
  • Highview
  • Hiland Corners
  • Hilcrest
  • Hillbrook Estates
  • Hillside Terrace
  • Hilltop Grove
  • Hodgson
  • Hoeldtke Grove Sub
  • Hoeldtke Heights
  • Hoeldtke Homes
  • Hoerners Homesite
  • Holdcroft Heights
  • Holiday Park
  • Hollywood Addition
  • Homeville
  • Hotel Detroit Condos
  • Hudson City
  • Hudson Heights
  • Huntington Townhomes
  • Hurds
  • Hyde Park
  • Hylands
  • Idlewild
  • Ingleside Terrace
  • Ingram Place
  • Inter Bay
  • Intermont
  • Isla Del Sol
  • Isla Key
  • Jackson Square
  • Jacksons
  • Jamestown Condos
  • Jefferson House Condos
  • Jefferson Manor Addition
  • Joslyn Park
  • Jungle Beach
  • Jungle Country Club
  • Jungle Cove
  • Jungle Park
  • Jungle Prada Twnhms
  • Jungle Shores
  • Jungle Terrace
  • Kapok Grand
  • Kappler
  • Kellhurst
  • Kendale Park
  • Kenilworth
  • Kennedys
  • Kenwood Historic District
  • Kerr Addition
  • Key Manor
  • Key West Cottages
  • Kings Moorings
  • Kingston Court
  • La Puerta Del Sol
  • La Salle Gardens
  • Lafayette Condo.
  • Lafayette Condos
  • Lake Euclid
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Maggiore Park
  • Lake Overlook Apartments
  • Lake Palms Apartments
  • Lake Park
  • Lake Pasadena
  • Lake Rich Village
  • Lake Sheffield
  • Lake Venice Shores
  • Lake Vista
  • Lakeside Addition
  • Lakeside Estates
  • Lakeview Heights
  • Lakeview Manor
  • Lakeview Terr
  • Lakeview Terrace
  • Lakewood
  • Lakewood Country
  • Lakewood Estates
  • Lakewood Shores
  • Lakewood Terrace
  • Langs
  • Larrys
  • Las Palmas
  • Las Perlas Condos
  • Laughners
  • Lawrenceville
  • Lealman
  • Lealman Heights
  • Lealman Highlands
  • Leberts
  • Leland Park
  • Leneves
  • Leslee Heights
  • Lewarn
  • Lewis Bay Park
  • Lewis Island
  • Lewis Island
  • Lewiston
  • Lexington Towers
  • Library Lake Condos
  • Lincoln Place
  • Lindenwood
  • Little Pinellas Farm
  • Lofts at 341 Condos
  • Lone Oak Addition
  • Lone Oak Park
  • Long Bayou Condos
  • Longleys
  • Lowell Manor
  • Luptons Court
  • Lynndale
  • Lynnmoor
  • Macks
  • Madison at St Pete
  • Magnolia Manor
  • Magnolia Ridge
  • Maine
  • Mango Park
  • Mangrove Cay
  • Mankato Heights
  • Manor Condos
  • Mansfield Heights
  • Marguerite
  • Marilyn Heights
  • Marina Bay
  • Marina Bay Gardens
  • Marina Harbour Condos
  • Mariners Landing
  • Mariners Pass
  • Martin Grove
  • Martin Manor
  • Marvilla
  • Masri Estates
  • Massey
  • Mathis
  • Maximo Harbor Condos
  • Maximo Heights
  • Maximo Moorings
  • Maximo Point
  • Maximo Woods
  • Mayfair Condo in Par
  • Mayfair Condos
  • Mayfair Manor
  • McKee Lake Estates
  • McMillins Choice
  • McNulty Lofts
  • Meadow Lawn
  • Meadowville
  • Melody Gardens
  • Melrose
  • Michaels
  • Michigan Park
  • Midway
  • Miles Pines
  • Millbrooke Ranch
  • Minnesota Court
  • Mira Bella
  • Mirror Lake
  • Mockingbird Hill
  • Moffetts Court
  • Mohawk Park
  • Monterey
  • Monticello Park
  • Moorefield Heights
  • Morningside
  • Moulton Heights
  • Mount Vernon
  • Mount Washington
  • Mullers
  • Naylor Terrace
  • Nebraska Place
  • Nebraska Terrace
  • New England
  • New Home
  • Norma Addition
  • Norris
  • North Bay Heights
  • North East Park
  • North Euclid Oasis
  • North Midway
  • North Ridge Park
  • North Shore Historic District
  • North Shore Landings
  • North Side Park
  • North St Pete
  • North St Petersburg
  • North West Highland
  • North Woodlawn
  • Northeast Park Apartments
  • Northwood Heights
  • Nortons
  • Oak Grove
  • Oak Grove Manor
  • Oak Harbor
  • Oak Heights
  • Oak Hill
  • Oak Ridge Acres
  • Oak Ridge Court
  • Oak Ridge Estates
  • Oak Run Ridge
  • Oakdale
  • Oakhurst
  • Oakwood
  • Oakwood Manor
  • Ocean Sands
  • Ogle
  • Ohio Park
  • Old Kentucky
  • Old Northeast
  • Olga Estates
  • Orange Estates
  • Orange Heights
  • Orange Hill
  • Orangewood
  • Orangewood Heights
  • Orion
  • Osborne Place
  • Osprey Point at Dolphin Cay
  • Ovation
  • Packards
  • Paines
  • Pallanza Park
  • Palm Gardens Condos
  • Palma Del Mar
  • Palmetto Park
  • Palmetto Park
  • Palmway
  • Paradise Shores
  • Paradiso Condos
  • Parc Vendome
  • Park Central Towers
  • Park View Condos
  • Park West
  • Parklane Condos
  • Parkshore Plaza
  • Parkside Villas
  • Parkwood Square
  • Parque Narvaez
  • Pasadena Estates
  • Pasadena Golf Club Estates
  • Pasadena Park
  • Pasadena Terrace
  • Pasadena Vista
  • Patrician Condos
  • Patrician Point
  • Patriot Square
  • Payson Park
  • Pecan Highlands
  • Peeples Addition
  • Pelham Manor
  • Peppertree Lake
  • Perrydale
  • Phair Acres
  • Piedmont Place
  • Pillsbury Park
  • Pine Bay Park
  • Pine City
  • Pine Glade
  • Pine Grove
  • Pine Heights
  • Pine Hills
  • Pine Key Lodge Condos
  • Pine Knoll
  • Pine Lake Park
  • Pine Lawn
  • Pine Park
  • Pine Ridge
  • Pine Ridge Estates
  • Pine Rush Villas Condos
  • Pine View Manor
  • Pinebrook Manor
  • Pinellas Farms
  • Pinellas Point
  • Pineville
  • Pinewood
  • Pirates Cove Club
  • Placido Bayou
  • Placido Gardens
  • Playa Escondida
  • Plaza Terrace
  • Plunketts
  • Plymouth Heights
  • Poinciana Condos
  • Poinsettia Gardens
  • Point Brittany
  • Point Pinellas
  • Pollards
  • Pomeroys
  • Ponce De Leon Park
  • Ponderosa Shores
  • Porachs Addition
  • Portofino
  • Premier Terrace
  • Presstmans
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Ranch Lake Estates
  • Ravenswood
  • Reading Acres
  • Regency Condos
  • Regina
  • Reinhardt
  • Reisset
  • Remsen Heights
  • Reserve at Harshaw
  • Ridge Crest
  • Ridge Manor
  • Ridgeway
  • Ridgewood
  • Rio Vista
  • Riviera
  • Riviera Bay
  • Riviera North
  • Roberts
  • Robin Terrace
  • Robinson Court
  • Rochester Heights
  • Romeo Heights
  • Rondo
  • Roosevelt Park
  • Rose Mound Groves
  • Rosedale
  • Ross Oaks
  • Round Lake Chalet
  • Round Lake Historic District
  • Rouse Manor
  • Rouslynn
  • Royal Palm Heights
  • Royal Palm Park
  • Royal Poinciana
  • Russell Park
  • Saffords
  • Sage Condos
  • San Carlos
  • Sans Souci Estates
  • Saxony Place at Carillon
  • Schaefers
  • School Park Addition
  • Scott Park
  • Sea Horse Mobile Homes
  • Sea Towers
  • Seagirt
  • Seapointe Terrace
  • Seminary Heights
  • Seminole Heights Addition
  • Setchells Add
  • Setchells Addition
  • Shadow Lawn
  • Shady Acres
  • Sheffield Manor
  • Shelton Heights
  • Sheryl Manor
  • Shieders
  • Shore Acres
  • Shore Crest
  • Signature Place
  • Silver Lake
  • Sinclairs
  • Sir Lee Heights
  • Sirmons Acres
  • Sirmons Estates
  • Sixth Avenue Villas
  • Sky Harbor Apartments
  • Sky View
  • Snell Arcade Condos
  • Snell Gardens
  • Snell Isle Shores
  • Snell Isles
  • Snell Park Estates
  • Snell Shores
  • Snell Shores Manor
  • South Bay Condos
  • South Shadow Lawn
  • South Shore Park
  • Spanish Palms Condos
  • Spauldings
  • Spencer
  • Spring Gardens
  • Spring Hill
  • Stahls
  • Stanley Heights
  • Stephenson Manor
  • Stewart Grove
  • Stonemont
  • Stones Throw
  • Straub Court
  • Summit Grove
  • Summit Lawn
  • Summit Park
  • Sumners
  • Sun Deck Homesites
  • Sun Gate Condos
  • Sun Haven Homes
  • Sun Ketch Townhomes
  • Sun Lit Shores
  • Sun Plaza Isles
  • Sun-Lit Shores
  • Suncoast Towers
  • Sundown Woods
  • Sunny Lawn Estates
  • Sunny Mead Heights
  • Sunny Slope
  • Sunnydale
  • Sunnydale Northside
  • Sunrise
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine Park
  • Suttons
  • Sycamore Park
  • Sylvester
  • Tangerine Central
  • Tangerine Gardens
  • Tangerine Highlands
  • Tangerine Park
  • Tangerine Terrace
  • Tanglewood
  • Tanhurst
  • Taylors
  • Teresa Gardens
  • Terrace Park
  • Tetreault
  • The Beacon On Third
  • The Wave
  • Thompson Heights
  • Thompson Terrace
  • Thornberry Ponds
  • Thorntons Addition
  • Three Lakes
  • Thuma
  • Thunderbird Hill
  • Tierra Condos
  • Tierra Sails
  • Tierra Sound
  • Tierra Verde
  • Tiffany Arms Condos
  • Tiffany Gardens
  • Tiffanys Addition
  • Tioga
  • Touchette
  • Toussie Terrace
  • Townsends
  • Townview Condos
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Tre Miste Condos
  • Trelain Addition
  • Tropical Shores
  • Trotter
  • Tudor Apartments
  • Tulane Condos
  • Tuscawilla Heights
  • Twin Lakes
  • Two Lakes
  • Tyrone Acres
  • Tyrone Gardens
  • Tyrone Park
  • Tyrone Villas
  • Union Heights
  • Vagabond
  • Valara
  • Valencia Townhomes
  • Vantage Point Condos
  • Variety Village
  • Velvet Cloake Condos
  • Venetian Bay
  • Venetian Harbor
  • Venetian Isles
  • Vera Manor
  • Vermilya
  • Verona
  • Victory Estates
  • Victory Heights
  • Vilage Lake Condos
  • Villa Del Mar
  • Villa Park Estates
  • Villa Valencia Gardens
  • Village Lake Condos
  • Villas at Long Bayou
  • Villas Carillon
  • Villas Del Mar
  • Villas of Carillon
  • Villas of Del Mar
  • Villas On Point Brittany
  • Vinoy Place Condos
  • Vinsetta Park
  • Virginia Heights
  • Vista Del Mar Condos
  • Vista Verde Condos
  • Vista Verde East
  • Vista Verde North
  • Vista Verde West
  • Waldomar Groves
  • Wallace
  • Wander Residences
  • Washington Heights
  • Washington Terrace
  • Washington Towers
  • Waterford Estates
  • Waterfront Park Apartments
  • Watermark Condos
  • Waterside at Coquina
  • Waterway Estates
  • Wave Condos
  • Waverly Place
  • Wayne Heights
  • Wedgewood Forrest
  • Wedgewood Park
  • Weedon Cove
  • Welshs Lakeview
  • West Bay View
  • West High Addition
  • West Oakland
  • West Shadow Lawn
  • West Shore Village
  • West Wedgewood
  • West Wedgewood Park
  • Westchester Estates
  • Westgate
  • Westgate Heights North
  • Westgate Heights South
  • Westgate Manor
  • Westminster Place
  • Westwood
  • Whisper Wood
  • Whispering Waters
  • White Way Annex
  • White Wood Terrace
  • Whites Lake
  • Whiteway
  • Whitney Plaza
  • Wildwood
  • Wildwood Gardens
  • Wilkinsons
  • Williamsburg Condos
  • Wilshire
  • Windjammer Condos
  • Windsor Gardens
  • Windward Pointe Condos
  • Winoca Terrace
  • Winston Gateway
  • Winston Park
  • Woodbine
  • Woodbrook Place
  • Woodhurst
  • Woodland Heights
  • Woodland Terrace
  • Woodlawn
  • Woodlawn Estates
  • Woodlawn Heights
  • Woodridge Terrace
  • Woodstock
  • Worleys
  • York Manor Condos
  • Zehrcrest Heights
  • Zimrings

Narvaes, Spanish explorer and commissioned governor of Florida, landed in 1528 somewhere along the Boca Ciega waterfront and marched across the peninsula to Tampa Bay; but the first recorded white settler did not arrive until 1843, when Antonio Maximo set up a fish "rancho" on a point of land at the southern extremity of the peninsula, now called Maximo Point. When his holdings were swept away by a hurricane five years later, he disappeared. The first house inside the present city limits was built in 1856 by James K. Hay, who came to look after hogs and cattle for Tampa stockmen.

Upon the outbreak of the War between the States, Union blockaders stopped fish shipments, shelled one of the houses and drove most of the inhabitants to Tampa. A few returned at the end of the war, were joined by squatters, and resumed their former occupations of fishing and farming. Some of the first citrus groves were planted at this time. By 1876 a small community, christened Pinellas, had sprung up around Big Bayou, several miles south of Central Avenue; a post office was established, boat service to Tampa was inaugurated, and the settlement became the largest on the peninsula.

John C. Williams of Detroit, St. Petersburg's founder, acquired acreage in 1876 which became the nucleus of the city. Williams, later given the honorary title of "General," cleared some of the land and attempted to farm, but finally turned his efforts to urban development. He made a deal with Piotr Alexeitch Dementieff, a Russian exile of noble birth who simplified his name to Peter Demens upon his arrival in Florida, offering him an interest in the land to build a railroad into the territory. The Russian's road, known as the Orange Belt Line, reached St. Petersburg from Lake Monroe, near Sanford, in 1888, when the community had a population of 30.

Williams and Demens, according to the most popular story, tossed a coin to decide upon a name for the new town. The Russian won and the settlement was christened St. Petersburg in honor of Demens' birthplace. Later, Williams built the first large resort hotel at the corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street, calling it The Detroit, for his home town. Williams died in St. Petersburg in 1892; Demens went to California in the 1890s and never returned to the city he named.

St. Petersburg, with a population of 300, was incorporated in 1892. Among early settlers were British from the Bahamas and Key West, later joined by pioneers who arrived in response to land exploitation campaigns in England. From adjoining southern States came agriculturalists, many of Scottish ancestry.

Except for its one railroad, which became a part of the Plat System and later was absorbed by the Atlantic Coast Line, the peninsula was still isolated. Known as West Hillsborough, it remained a part of Hillsborough County until 1911, when Pinellas County was created and the first major land boom got under way. Central Avenue and a streetcar line were extended westward to Boca Ciega Bay and the city took in a mile-wide strip paralleling it. Thousands of lots in this territory were sold from a plat at a tent auction, the most spectacular sale in the history of the city, not excepting those of 1924-1926 boom days.

The resort remained a one-railroad town until 1914, when the Tampa and Gulf Coast Railroad, later taken over by the Seaboard Air Line, reached the city. By 1920 St. Petersburg claimed more than 14,000 inhabitants, and the population increased to 50,000 five years later. Miles of new roads were constructed, dozens of subdivisions laid out, and several million-dollar hotels erected. A ferry began operating to Manatee County, making possible a direct route to southern points, and the Gandy bridge, spanning upper Tampa Bay, provided a short cut to Tampa. Two free causeways were built across Boca Ciega Bay to bring a belated boom to the long neglected islands. Building permits during 1924-1925 reached a high total of $25,000,000. Meanwhile, in an extensive landscaping program, miles of Tampa Bay waterfront were filled in, improved with sea walls and promenades, and transformed into a string of municipal parks. In 1939 Central Avenue was extended by means of a causeway across Boca Ciega Bay to the island Gulf Beaches.

St. Petersburg, occupies a semi-isolated area of 58 square miles on the southern tip of the Pinellas peninsula, a 25 mile projection between Tampa Bay and Boca Ciega Bay. US Route 19, entering from the north, is its only free trunk highway. A toll bridge provides connection with Tampa on the east, and a ferry, crossing the bay on the south, carries traffic from central and southern points. Because of tolls the city is sometimes referred to as a pay-as-you-enter playground.

St. Petersburg's front yard is a series of landscaped parks and driveways paralleling Tampa Bay, a filled-in stretch of 2 miles embracing the city's harbor, yacht basins, municipal pier, and major recreational attractions. North and west of the pier lie North Shore, the pioneer residential section, and Snell Isle. The latter, dredged from the bay, is reached by a short bridge over Coffee Pot Bayou. Both are planted with a variety of palms, Australian pines and subtropical shrubs. Northward, following the irregular, pumped-in shores of Tampa Bay, is Shore Acres.

Five miles south around Pinellas Point, a newer residential district occupies the site chosen by the town's first white settler and overlooks the main ship channel leading into the Gulf. Bordering the bay to the southwest is Gulfport, a wedge-shaped municipality, its streets a continuation of St. Petersburg's, and served by the latter's trolley lines. Carved from the jungled western border of the peninsula, homes, many built upon Indian mounds, face shallow Boca Ciega Bay, across which lie the shimmering sand keys that are the city's Gulf bathing beaches. A green wall of citrus groves and open pine woods form much of the northern border.

Although many Florida resorts feature their abundant sunlight, St. Petersburg alone has been shrewd enough to capitalize on "Old Sol" and to spend a million dollars advertising itself as the "Sunshine City." To make the name authentic, the publisher of the city's afternoon paper announced that he would give away his entire edition every day the sun failed to show its face up to 3 o'clock. In 26 years the paper was distributed free 124 times, an average of less than 5 editions a year. The record endurance contest was 546 days, ending on a Friday the 13th in 1935. Letters addressed to "Sunshine City" are sent to St. Petersburg.

Having advertised its place in the sun, St. Petersburg provided its visitors with ample means of absorbing the ultra-violet and infra-red rays. More than 5,000 green benches, in recreation centers and flanking the sidewalks of the thoroughfares, have converted the city into a park. Their color, size and design are standardized by municipal ordinance. These slatted divans serve as mediums of introduction, with the weather the opening and principal topic. Operations, symptoms, and remedies run a close second. The benches are the open-air offices of the promoter, the hunting grounds of the real estate "bird dog," a haven for the lonely and a matrimonial bureau for many. They have figured in fiction, swindles and divorce courts.

St. Petersburg's sunshine and green benches combine to create the illusion that life gets off to a good start at 75, not 30. Although persons of advanced years predominate, the majority of bench warmers are not strictly sedentary. The city is a place of energetic participation in outdoor recreation, and for the most part sitting is but an interlude. In fact, those in the higher age brackets, including guests of the expensive hotels, and trailer-car transients, as well as those who own their winter homes, are banded together in the Three-Quarter Century Club, whose members top three-score and fifteen. These oldsters stage their own dances, theatricals, boxing exhibitions, and ball games, always events of lively interest. So while the city offers interesting sights to the stranger, it is in reality one of organized activity rather than eye-filling vistas; lifetime habits of industry reassert themselves here in channels of recreation.

In addition to its recreational and sports attractions, St. Petersburg's cultural outlets offer a cosmopolitan blend found only in a city of diverse population. The range of music reaches from operatic concerts by metropolitan artists to daily band concerts in the downtown park. The band with its soloists is composed almost wholly of former members of Sousa's and Pryor's organizations and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Eighty percent of the members of the local Art Club are professionals. Several magazine illustrators and a number of leading comic-strip artists make St. Petersburg their permanent home and hold annual exhibitions.

The city has furnished locale and color for many professional writers. The late Ring Lardner's short story, The Golden Wedding, was a Sunshine City tale. Rex Beach, George Ade, and Sewell Ford have used St. Petersburg and its environs for fiction background. Since it plays host to two major-league ball clubs each spring — the New York Yankees having trained here since 1924—St. Petersburg perhaps datelines more baseball copy than any other city in the State. Although it is the acknowledged winter baseball capital of the Nation, and ranks highest among Florida cities in gate receipts, including capacity Sunday exhibitions, nevertheless several churches hold double services twice a day on Sunday to accommodate the overflow of worshippers.

  1. Federal Works Agency, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State. American Guide Series, Florida Department of Public Instruction, 1939.

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