Holidays in St Pete's Beach - A Lovely Community
At one time, the string of islands that made up the Gulf Beaches, were known as four different keys… Long Key, Treasure Island, Sand Key and Clearwater Beach Key. Long Key, the most southern island, was originally made up of four areas… Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. In 1957 the four communities merged and formed the City of St. Petersburg Beach. Later, in efforts to achieve their own identity, the City voted to shortens its name to St. Pete Beach. If you like being by the shore a Gulf Coast holiday would be perfect.
St. Pete Beach Holidays - So Much History
A historic landmark known around the world, is the famous Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel. In 1928, Thomas Rowe built the Don CeSar for 1.5 million dollars. It has 275 rooms and is ten stories tall. Opening night, the Don CeSar hosted over 1500 guest who paid $ 2.50 each to enjoy dinner and dancing. The depression hit the Don CeSar hard and in the early 40's, the government purchased the hotel for $ 440,000 and turned it into a hospital and rehabilitation center and in 1944 it became one of the areas first hurricane shelters for residents and pets. In 1945, the Regional Office of Veterans Administration was moved into the Don and it was stripped and painted army green. In 1969, facing 3 million dollars in renovations, the government left the facility and the County was prepared to tear it down and place a park in its place. Due to an active citizens group, Mr. William Bowman learned about the Don CeSar and in 1972 purchased the building. After major renovations, the Don CeSar was reopened in 1973. Today, it is only one of eight hotels in Florida that is listed on the National Trust for Historical Preservation, Historic Hotels of America.
Treasure Island Holidays
Yes, it’s got perfect white sand beaches, clear warm gulf waters, almost permanent sunshine, and hospitality too. The city of Treasure Island, Florida, is on the Gulf of Mexico near St Petersburg. This city is really an island a few miles long, with some unusually preserved 1950s motels and signs. Don’t know what we mean? Imagine being in America and taking a trip back in time to about 1950. There, that’s what we mean. Embrace your inner timelord and take a trip to Treasure Island for your Florida holidays.