As part of the Community Pier Response, the St Petersburg city council met earlier this week to discuss possible changes to the future pier plans, slated to be completed in late 2018.
One of the more controversial ideas replaces a physical pier with a high tech virtual pier! Surprisingly the concept does have its backers...
You may not have heard of Peter Demens, but he was one of the Sunshine City's founders. And he's the person responsible for give the St Petersburg its name.
Just how did it happen?
In a previous post I discussed probably the best known "Fountain of Youth" located in St Augustine, Fl., and how it was created by an entertaining woman nicknamed Diamond Lil several years after St Petersburg already had established the original Fountain of Youth.
Of course other sites in Florida claim their own Fountain of Youth... but St Pete is home of the Original FoY.
When you hear the phrase "Fountain of Youth" what do you think of? Chances are its something like:
But what about St Pete? We are the indisputable home of The Original Fountain of Youth!
Don't believe me? Keep reading
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.
Rev B has nearly been published multiple times and has received letters of rejection from Highlights, Jet Magazine, Dear Abby and The New Yorker. While accepting full responsibility for all grammatical errors he makes no claims of being an author. Please enjoy the entries found here and use the search function if you're looking for something more specific.