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Neighboring St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in after a vote by its residents. Petersburg is governed by a mayor and city council.

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With an average of some days of sunshine each year, and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine days between and , [16] [17] it is nicknamed "The Sunshine City". Petersburg its top mid-size city in , citing its "vibrant" arts scene. It was the first inland exploration of North America. Of men on the expedition only four survived. The city was co-founded by John C. Williams , formerly of Detroit , who purchased the land in , and by Peter Demens who was instrumental in bringing the terminus of the Orange Belt Railway there in Petersburg Times which established in Petersburg was incorporated as a town on February 29, , when it had a population of only some people.

A local legend says that John C.

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Williams and Peter Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Williams named the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit a hotel built by Demens. Philadelphia publisher F. Davis turned on St. Petersburg's first electrical service in Hibbs — , a native of Newport, North Carolina , established his wholesale fish business at the end of the railroad pier, which extended out to the shipping channel. Petersburg was incorporated as a city in June Petersburg to larger shipping. Further dredging improved the port facilities through the s. Davis was instrumental to bringing the first trolley service in In , the Tampa Bay area was one of the first Floridian cities that fell in love with baseball tracing its roots from Tampa and St.

The former mayor of St. Petersburg, Al Lang , had invited the St. Louis Browns to move their spring training into the city.

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Petersburg's first library opened on December 1, which still operates till this day as the Mirror Lake Library. In an airplane service across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back was initiated, generally considered the first scheduled commercial airline flight.

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The company name was the St. The s in St. Petersburg was big due to its major growth brought by tourists. Tourists came from all over by automobile, yacht, and railroad. Travel time from across the bay was cut due to the Gandy Bridge 's opening in , helping St. Petersburg increase in tourist numbers and helped grow it into the largest city in Pinellas County.

The city also adopted the Mediterranean-style architecture brought by Snell Isles founder Perry Snell. Tourism declined by the late s and early s due to the Great Depression. Petersburg City Hall. By the s the city received a large population growth due to World War II. Petersburg was a training ground area for the U. Coast Guard which had a training base and used the city's Bayboro Harbor, [30] and for the Army Air Force which was selected by the War Department to use the city as their technical service training station.

Petersburg returned as residents or tourists. In the s, St. Petersburg experienced another population increase with residents.

The development of transportation was important with the increase of tourists, more automobiles were used in the city and subsequently the public street cars were removed. Petersburg with Manatee County. A year later in , Highway 19 opened in the city creating a large influx of traffic.

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By the end of the s, tourists and retirees increased in the area. The development of major transportation continued into the s with the completion of the Howard Frankland Bridge in , creating another connection between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Petersburg also received its first stadium named the Bayfront Center which hosted the first professional hockey league in Tampa Bay.

Petersburg is home to one of the world's largest reclaimed water systems that was built in the s which flows 37 million gallons of water per day to provide for customers located throughout the city. From May to August , of the city's sanitation workers struck for higher wages.

The strike began approximately one month after Martin Luther King, Jr.

In , a full-scale flying replica of the Benoist XIV flying boat was constructed by Florida Aviation Historical Society for the 70th anniversary of the flight. This aircraft is now on loan to the St. Petersburg Museum of History in St. Petersburg, Florida. Petersburg throughout the s. The city tried to encourage numerous teams through the United States to make St.

Petersburg their new tenant. After many attempts to attract tenants to the new stadium, Major League Baseball gave St. Petersburg a franchise in In , the dome was renamed a third time to Tropicana Field after naming rights were established with Tropicana Dole Beverages. The city population continued to multiply during the 20th century, booming in the s and s and through the s as the town became a popular retirement destination for Americans from midwestern cities, reaching , in the census.

By that time, however, the population had leveled off, and has grown by only 10, since then. In the decade from to , the population of the city dropped by approximately residents, while in the same period the population of Florida increased by over two and a half million residents. According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of Downtown St.

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Petersburg is the Central Business District, containing high rises for office use. The Tampa Bay Times newspaper is headquartered in the downtown area. Petersburg's downtown has been rated among the best in the South. Jutting a half mile into the bay was the St. Petersburg Pier , a major tourist attraction that offered various activities.

Petersburg and a downtown branch of St. Petersburg College. Straub Park is nearly a half mile long, boasts a waterfront location, and is home of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.