St. Petersburg- A Town to Visit
I had the recent opportunity to spend a few days in St. Petersburg, Florida, visiting my daughter and son-in-law. I quickly learned why this city captured the heart of this couple. Nicole works at Kobie Marketing in downtown St. Petersburg. This is a thriving area with restaurants and shopping within easy walking distance. In addition, the town offers several museums and other cultural centers along the bay. Our Saturday was filled with walking along the old neighborhoods rummaging through garage sales and experiencing the sights, sounds and aromas of the market. I learned that in 1914, Tony Jannus flew his Benoist airplane across Tampa Bay in 23 minutes, skimming across the water at a height of 50 feet. The event is commonly hailed as the birth of commercial aviation.
"In 1875, General John Williams came down from Detroit and bought 2,500 acres of land on Tampa Bay. He envisioned a grand city with graceful parks and broad streets, the trademark of today's St. Petersburg. The city's first hotel was named after his birthplace, Detroit.
Thirteen years later, Peter Demens, a noble Russian aristocrat, brought the Orange Belt Railway to St. Petersburg. On June 8, 1888, the first train arrived, carrying empty freight cars and one passenger, a shoe salesman from Savannah. Built one rail at a time, with unpaid laborers and creditors threatening to lynch Demens all the way, the railroad finally chugged to St. Petersburg. Demens named the city after his birthplace, St. Petersburg, Russia. St. Petersburg incorporated as a city in June 1903." http://www.stpete.org/history_and_preservation/
St. Petersburg is a beautiful town with everything you would need within biking distance.