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Sunlight on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Some need people on a beach. I like it’s changing moods usually sans humans.

Sunrise at St. Pete Beach, FL

sunrise on St. Pete Beach, FL
sunrise on St. Pete Beach, FL

 

Morning  colors at St. Pete Beach, FL

day time colors, Sunrise at St. Pete Beach, FL
day time colors, Sunrise at St. Pete Beach, FL

 

Lunch at St. Pete Beach, FL

Woodie's, St. Pete Beach, FL
Woodie’s, St. Pete Beach, FL

 

Bird in late afternoon at St. Pete Beach, FL

Bird in the late afternoon, St. Pete Beach, FL
Bird in the late afternoon, St. Pete Beach, FL

 

Sunset at St. Pete Beach, FL

Sunset at St. Pete Beach, FL
Sunset at St. Pete Beach, FL

and….

Moonset

moonset, St. Pete Beach, FL
moonset, St. Pete Beach, FL

 

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Christmas 2015 arrives in tropical America

Tern nesting area, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete, FL
Tern nesting area, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete, FL

South Florida is the American mainland tropics and a festival based on a return of the sun – winter solstice/Christmas – seems lost when the sun shines for only a couple hours less during this season. Yet of course Christmas is beyond climate and  all areas of the globe have their own expressions.

Christmas boat parade, St. Pete, FL
Christmas boat parade, St. Pete, FL

Lighted boat parades are a Florida tradition and why not considering the enormous number of privately owned sea craft in the state. Both towns and yacht clubs put on numerous floating displays during December.

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Especially for children, St. Petersburg turned North Straub Park into Snowfest 2015 the first December weekend. Complete with 65 tons of snow that created a sledding area under the Banyan trees, the festival boasted an artificial ice skating platform, karaoke Christmas carol singing, crafts and, of course, sno-cones.

Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL

Traditional decorations on houses and the streets are popping up as if the tropic in all its natural glory does dress up for the holidays.

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A Florida restaurant bakers dozen

Casa Marina Hotel, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Casa Marina Hotel, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Among Florida’s Roaring Twenties grand hotels it seems Al Capone slept in many, including Casa Marina. The mid-1920s Prohibition era was profitable for Florida including Jacksonville Beach. The beachfront Mediterranean Revival club-like Casa Marina, complete with a sprinkler system, opened in 1925 to a high living bi-coastal clientele.

Casa Marina Hotel Penthouse Lounge, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Casa Marina Hotel Penthouse Lounge, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Ninety years later on the deck of the Penthouse Lounge & Martini Bar overlooking the Atlantic’s pounding surf Casa Marina serves a premium Tequila Margareta – without the slushy ice – that I’m confident infamous Al would approve.

 

 

 

Read what intrigued even the big Al to Jacksonville Beach…

Al Capone slept at Casa Marina on Jacksonville Beach

 

Lobster & Mango Salad, Sea Salt, St. Petersburg
Lobster & Mango Salad, Sea Salt, St. Petersburg

Blessed with Florida’s agricultural and ocean abundance at their doorstep, restaurants in St. Petersburg don’t have to search far for quality ingredients.

Smoked Fish Sandwich, Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish, St. Petersburg, FL
Smoked Fish Sandwich, Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish, St. Petersburg, FL

A relaxed Gulf of Mexico life style and plenty of Florida sunshine draw residents and tourists to a plethora of cafes, fine dining, bars and beach side venues serving traditional fried fish platters to truffled wild mushroom risotto. With an emphasis on independent ownership St. Petersburg chefs have the freedom to experiment or just create the best grilled grouper sandwich on the beach. Here’s a dozen to try in the St. Petersburg area…

A dozen good reasons to eat St. Pete

 

Maximo Moorings Seafood Shack, St. Petersburg, FL
Maximo Moorings Seafood Shack, St. Petersburg, FL

 

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