Downtown St Petersburg (Saint Petersburg, FL)
By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
Construction is going on throughout downtown St Petersburg.  This view is south from the 200 block of 1st St. N.  Construction on the next building to the south is less evident in the photo.  The first two floors have been gutted and are being made into The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. It is expected to open in the Fall of 2017. Not only are lanes closed for construction, but an entire block of Central Avenue from 1st St to 2nd St is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This is the block between these two construction projects.This isn't your grandparents St Petersburg - come see what a vibrant downtown we are now!
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By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
Congratulations to Tryst, our next door neighbor on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg, and one of our favorite places to eat and drink. UrbanSpoon recently named Tryst as one of America's 250 most popular high-end restaurants and was one of only four named in Tampa Bay - in the company of long-time favorites Bern's Steak House and Mise-en-Place, both in Tampa. It's especially significant since Tryst is the only selected restaurant in St Petersburg and it's been open less than a year! Here's another Tryst review with food photos. Open Table reviews that rate it 4-5 stars mark it great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies and a vibrant bar scene. Inside or out it's a great setting. Tryst's inside/outside bar is a popular place to meet and greet, to see and be seen. Each of us on the Si...
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By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
Downtown St Pete has movies in North Straub Park every Thursday in May. What a wonderful place to enjoy dinner overlooking the water while waiting for the movie to start. Music begins at 7 and the movie starts at dark. Bring your own picnic or buy food from some of the Saturday Morning Market vendors. Movies are free but donations are appreciated. Thursday, May 19:  Some Like It Hot (1959) Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon   Thursday, May 28: North by Northwest (1959) Hitchcock thriller with Cary Grant.   May Music and Movies in the Park   and if you're interested in a condo overlooking the park in downtown St Pete or a home nearby, please contact The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc real estate. We're on Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg. Look for the red awning that ...
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By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
The Women's Tennis Association will keep it corporate headquartersin downtown St Peterburg Florida. They just signed a new lease at the City Center, which is also home to Northern Trust Bank and is across from Signature Place condominium. The WTA was founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 and is the organizing body for womens profesional tennis. WTA governs the WTA Tour whch is an international professional tennis tour for women.  An $8.5 million renovation of the City Center, which includes a fitness center, has generated 65,000 sq ft of new leases, raising the occupancy rate from 45% to 70%.
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By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
  St Petersburg just announced its new rebranding campaign - Surprising St Pete Art scene.  Bay scene.  City scene. What a scene. A haven for sports fans, art connoisseurs and serious foodies. The campaign touts the variety you can find in St Pete from helicopter rides to museums to great restaurants and lounges. Rodd up the streets at 9 pm? Hardly. Bars now stay open until 3 a.m. Just look at Tryst, next door to us, if you want to see activity. Read more and see more photos. The announcement was made in front of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is right across from our office. As Beach Drive has come alive once again, we're right in the middle of it all.
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By Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
(Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International)
  Sweet Divas Chocolates opened yesterday in downtown St. Petersburg. In addition to their specialty chocolates, they are open for early morning coffee, muffins and more at 400 Beach Drive NE, just around the corner on 4th Avenue NE. Read more ...
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