St Pete Beach Named Sunset Capital of FL By Governor Crist

St Pete Beach has officially been designated “Sunset Capital of Florida”. Sunset is celebrated every day here, with locals and visitors gathering on the beach to watch our spectacular sunsets. Now it’s official, we are the Sunset Capital.
On Saturday Governor Charlie Crist performed one of his last official duties, officially proclaiming St. Pete Beach “Sunset Capital of Florida.” The announce was made on Saturday on Pass A Grille beach by the Mayor, who received a letter from Charlie Crist which reads: ‘St. Pete Beach is an exceptional community, an outstanding place to live, and I hope that many citizens will be able to experience the majestic sunsets in St. Pete Beach, the Sunset Capital of Florida.’

Neighboring Treasure Island was named “Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida” in 2001 by then Governor Jeb Bush, which helped boost tourism. St Pete Beach residents and business owners are hoping it will help them after a difficult year.

Corey Ave Art Festival Returns

The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival returns for its 16th anniversary on December 4 – 5, 2010 with the country’s leading crafters. A full spectrum of craft art mediums will be on display and available for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products presenting festival goers an alternative to mall shopping during the holiday season. These unique and affordable crafts are priced from as little as $3 to $3,000. The Corey Avenue Merchants Association is hosting this year’s event, a welcome tradition in this friendly and vibrant community.

Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5, 10 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown St. Pete Beach – 595 Corey Avenue
Free Admission

Corey Ave Sunday Morning Market Returns

The St Pete Beach Corey Sunday Morning Market returns for it’s 3rd season tomorrow. The weekly outdoor market will feature outdoor shopping, snacking, live music every Sunday through May. The market is located along Corey Ave between Boca Ciega Dr. and Blind Pass Rd from 10 am – 2 pm. Parking is available all around Corey Avenue, and the business district shops will be open on Sundays.

Alden Beach Resort Recieves Local Award

Congratulations to the Alden Beach Resort and Suites who recently won Business of the Year for 2009 from the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce.

Coral Reef Developer Outlines Plans

More than 100 people attended a meeting to hear developer Robert Fleeting describe the proposed $60 million, 248-unit, 12-story twin-tower hotel. Many questions were raised including positioning of the new buildings, public beach access, and when construction would start. Another question was will it be a hotel, condotel, or timeshare? That will depend on the the hotelier chosen for the project.
City approval, hotelier agreement, and financing could take up to 10 months Once that is accomplished construction would start within weeks. Fleeting must wait 30 days from last week’s meeting to seek formal site plan approval, but he has already submitted a preliminary site plan.
The old Coral Reef Hotel has been closed since 2004. Two timeshare buildings are open and will be included in a revised site plan to be submitted to the city. Timeshare owners have agreed to be included in the revised site plan.

Coral Reef Resort Could Be Redeveloped

There will be a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way.

The developer, Coral Reef Partners LLC wants to demolish the 45 year old hotel and replace it with a $60 million timeshare or hotel. Plans include a new 12 story building – 10 floors of condos over 2 floors of parking garage. 248 2 bedroom 2 bath units will be approximately 1,000 sf each. Ammenities will include, restaurant, bar, workout center, and meeting space. The 4.28-acre complex, including the existing Coral Reef Resort timeshare buildings, will have three pools and four spas.

The hotel was purchased in 2004 and subsequently condemned for safety reasons. The timeshare buildings on the property are separately owned and remain open, and are considered part of the hotel site plan for zoning and building regulation purposes.

Several development contracts with a major hoteliers have been signed over the years, but never came to pass because of the city’s changing development rules. New regulations were approved last year and officially went into effect this month.