Revival Beyond the Beach

Downtown, seen from St. Petersburg Pier, is the site of much of the citys revitalization.
Long known as little more than a cheaper spring-break alternative and a retirement capital, St. Petersburg has idled for decades in obscurity, frequented mostly by half-hearted tourists rummaging through thrift stores or admiring its hushed, Jazz Age architecture.
But, in recent years, the old beach resort has experienced a kind of cultural revival, spurred by new condos and the resuscitation of historic hotels, much of it centered around downtown. Elders idling on park benches have been replaced by artists and young professionals gathering at cafes and restaurants, lulled by the breeze that made St. Pete so popular to begin with.

St. Peterburg is well worth a visit these days. Have a look at their website: http://www.floridasbeach.com/