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St. Petersburg Preservation hosting mayoral candidate forum on ‘keeping St. Pete special’

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St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) is hosting a discussion next month about “Keeping St. Petersburg Special,” featuring the city’s two leading mayoral candidates. The forum — with former two-term Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman — is Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts Marly Room, 255 Beach Dr., NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Reception begins 5:30 p.m.; forum is from 6 — 8 p.m.

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St. Petersburg Preservation wants to keep ‘First Block’ special

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Way back in 1888, St. Petersburg’s first boom began with the coming of the Orange Belt Railroad and construction of the Dakota Hotel. As the city grew, so did the 200 block of First Avenue N. and then the rest of the city. Today, most of the historic buildings on that block remain in active use as an architecturally unique reminder of St. Petersburg’s past. But a move to declare what’s now known as “First Block” as a historic district…

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Waterfront Parks Centennial celebration Thursday

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City Council has declared 2010 to be the Waterfront Parks Centennial Year and St. Petersburg Preservation is sponsoring a number of fun and free events to celebrate the centennial. The second in a series entitled “Perspectives on the Parks” includes a performance by renown singer Sharon Scott followed by a panel discussion looking back at the history of segregation in St. Petersburg and how it affected who could use the waterfront parks.  The panel, moderated by former Mayor Rick Baker, includes…

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The reopening of Crislip Arcade

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Mayor Bill Foster, City Council Chair Leslie Curran, members of City Council, local business leaders and the 600 Block tenants are holding a grand opening of the newly renovated Crislip Arcade and the surrounding 600 Block at 645 Central Avenue on April 6 at 10 a.m.  Refreshments will be served. Recent plans to demolish the arcade and the adjacent properties on the 600 block for a new mixed-use redevelopment were dashed as the economy declined, leaving a vacant and blighted…

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St. Pete Preservation’s Walking Tours return

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It’s October so it must be fall which means the 2009-2010 walking tour season is ready to get under way! Come join St. Petersburg Preservation this Saturday, October 17 for our “Original” Downtown St. Petersburg Historic Walking Tour. Afterwards, think about lunch at the Saturday Morning Market, located in the parking lot area adjacent to Al Lang Field. Market hours are 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Then, you might want to take a quick nap before grabbing your bicycle to…

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SP Preservation’s Summer walking tour

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Come join St. Petersburg Preservation for its next summer evening historic walking tour on Tuesday, July 14, leaving from the historic Detroit Hotel at the NW corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street at 6:00 P.M. The tour should end at approximately 8:15 P.M., leaving time to enjoy sunset with a cool drink or perhaps a gelato at a downtown business. The tour will include sections from both our popular “Original” Downtown Historic Tour as well as our newest tour,…

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Clean Up Crislip Arcade

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Saint Petersburg Preservation is excited to tell you that we’re making progress with the Crislip Arcade in downtown St. Petersburg! We’ve worked with the owner and with the City of St. Petersburg, J Allan Studios, and Pinstripe Marketing to find a way to clean up and revitalize this prominent stretch of Central Avenue, between 6th and 7tth Streets. The owner has agreed to let us clean up the arcade and storefronts – sweep, paint, and generally make the place look…

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