Al Capone stories and rumors are everywhere. Even here in the Sunshine City.
During tours I'm asked whether or not Al Capone hung out in St Pete. Or people heard he once owned a speakeasy called the Gangplank or Tropicana Field...
St Pete's been known for its pier for over 125 years! Starting with the Orange Belt Railroad Pier in 1889 there have been several versions of "the St Petersburg Pier".
Today however St Pete's last pier the "Inverted Pyramid" has been torn down. We may no longer have an iconic pier from which to fish from or stroll down... BUT it's coming...
Two unusual 8-sided brick buildings. One is a church while the other is a "Comfort Station".
One might ask:
Why does this restroom look like a church?
Why does this church look like a restroom?
The two buildings kind of... well... look remarkably similar... Legend has it that it was no accident.
Al Lang...the name rings a bell to some in St Pete, but to others he may've well been your 4th Grade teacher.
Who was Al Lang?
Why does St Pete have a soccer stadium named after him?
Al Lang had a tremendous impact on St Pete back when the Sunshine City was just finding it's legs and transforming from a small fishing community to a full fledged city. Al Lang was much more than "Mr. Baseball"...
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