St. Petersburg’s City Hall turns 75

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St. Petersburg’s City Hall turns 75 next week. To commemorate its birthday, city officials are hosting an anniversary extravaganza December 1 at the historic downtown building on Fifth Street North between First and Second Avenues. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.

The open house will feature walking tours of City Hall and other iconic St. Pete spots hosted by St. Petersburg Preservation. There are two tours beginning on the steps of City Hall. One kicks off at 10:15 a.m. and the other starts at 1:30 p.m.

There will also be an opportunity to gorge on some yummy food truck treats. Maggie on the Move and Enjoi Sweets & Co. will be serving chicken salad sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and peach cobbler all for $0.50 each. The sandwiches are even served with chips. Enjoy that while it lasts, as a bag of chips in a convenient store is more expensive than one of these entire meals.

The open house will also feature a host of St. Pete-centric activities. There will be a meet and greet with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and one of the city council members from 1939, Ian V. Boyer. A video presentation will be playing in City Council chambers throughout the day and there will be a photo exhibit focused on the city around the late ’30s and early ’40s on display.

Officials will cut and serve cake at 12:30 for those who haven’t already had their fill of peach cobbler. Building and art tours will be given throughout the day and the company Tangible Labs will give 3D printing demos.

In addition to all the other festivities, entertainment from the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Suzuki Strings of St. Petersburg and the Florida Music Institute will play throughout the day. The event is free (except the insanely cheap lunch and dessert) and open to the public.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.