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Join St. Pete Preservation for a walking tour of North by Northeast

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Leaving the Detroit Hotel, the tour will take a pleasant stroll to and along the waterfront, passing the site of the city’s first million dollar hotel (Soreno Hotel). Learn who was behind the efforts to make St. Petersburg’s waterfront the incredible park setting we find today and how the decision was made to have a green rather than commercial waterfront. Hear about some of the great promotional stories of St. Pete including the bathing beauties and the sunshine babies. Leaving the waterfront, the tour heads into the historic old northeast neighborhood where you will have a chance to see and learn about the various architectural styles gracing one of St. Pete’s first neighborhoods. One of the beautifully restored homes will be open for our tour visit. The tour ends at the waterfront icon, Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, where choices abound. You can decide to relax on the Vinoy verandah and have a drink or perhaps decide to hop the Looper trolley back downtown to have lunch at the Saturday Morning Market.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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