florida: St Petersburg, Florida makes Yachting magazine's Best Yachting Towns list - 06/02/11 12:31 AM
St Petersburg Municipal Pier & Marina
St Petersburg is in the running for Yachting magazine’s Best Yachting Town! This is the first year for this contest and it has been narrowed down to 50 international semi-finalist cities. The magazine hopes to make this an annual competition.
There are 6 towns in Florida included on the list: St Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale, Islamorada, Key West, Punta Gorda and Stuart. It is interesting to me that the areas that I have lived over the years are all on the list. Maryland, where I grew up has 2 towns, Annapolis & Oxford. I lived in … (1 comments)

florida: Things to do in St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area this weekend - 05/27/11 01:32 AM
So many things to do, so little time… Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. <!-- place -->  
Pier 60 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach FL 33767 Bring blankets and low lawn chairs to Clearwater Beach towatch free movies. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. Disney film Lilo and Stitch. Price: Free. http://www.sunsetsatpier60.com/ Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Cleveland Indians Friday, May 27 at 7:10 p.m. <!-- place -->  
Tropicana Field 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg FL 33705 Today’s giveaway is a free James Shields T-shirt to the first 10,000 fans. http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/, … (2 comments)

florida: National Train Day May 7th, 2011 - 05/06/11 10:47 PM
Did you know that May 7th this year is National Train Day in the USA?
the following info is quoted from Wikipedia:
National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. It is held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10th, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. (May 10, 1869) Events are held at Amtrak stations as well as … (2 comments)

florida: Things to do this weekend in the St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area - 04/16/11 12:55 PM
Mainsail Arts Festival
Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m.
 
Vinoy Park  501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL 33707
This annual event features juried fine art and craft exhibits along the St. Petersburg waterfront. Also, live entertainment, children's activity tent and food vendors.  Free  (727) 893-7039 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (727) 893-7039      end_of_the_skype_highlighting http://www.mainsailartsfestival.org/
Downtown Saturday Morning Market
Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m.
 
   
Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg FL 33707  
More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants. Live music … (0 comments)

florida: Things to do this weekend in St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area - 04/09/11 04:29 PM
Tampa Bay Blues Fest this weekend: James Hunter, Jonny Lang
 
Vinoy Park  501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL 33707  
One of Tampa Bay's best & largest music festivals is better each year. The festival has some of the best blues acts around. As part of the event, the Palladium will also host after-fest concerts that require an additional ticket.  The festival offers VIP packages that include upfront seating, beer, soda and food, plus access to the VIP tent.  $30 admission price at the gate is cash only.  Gates open approximately 30 minutes before first act. Friday, April 8, 2011
12:30 pm MIKE ZITO 2:30 … (0 comments)

florida: Top 6 Cities Where Buying Is Better Than Renting - 04/03/11 11:28 PM
Source: "10 Best Cities for Home Buyers," CNNMoney.com (March 28, 2011)Cities that had been hard-hit by the housing market crash now offer some of the best buys in real estate and where it makes much more sense to buy than rent, according to a new report from Deutsche Bank. The bank's study measures affordability by the share of income that Americans are paying to own a home as well as the cost of owning vs. renting.
Here are six of the cities that topped Deutsche Bank's list.
1. AtlantaRent as % of after tax mortgage payment: 151.2%Median home price change, 2006-2010: … (3 comments)

florida: Home Opening Day for Tampa Bay Rays-April 1st - 04/01/11 11:51 AM

St Pete Celebrates the Rays
It's no April Fool's day joke!!  The Tampa Bay Rays season home opening game at Tropicana Field against the Baltimore Orioles is sold out. It's the sixth consecutive season the Rays have sold out the home opener.
All fans will receive a season schedule magnet.
David Price will be starting pitcher for the Rays against the Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.  David Price, last season's AL Cy Young Award runner-up , will become the 13th pitcher in league history to make starts on opening day, in an All-Star game and during the postseason by the age of 25. (Atlanta's Tom … (0 comments)

florida: Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Florida - 03/31/11 12:27 AM
 
Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg 3-27-2011 16
It was absolutely amazing to attend the events surrounding the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg this past weekend. On Thursday, my business meeting downtown with clients just happened to end shortly before the night parade began. I thought that I might as well stay since most of the streets were blocked off for the parade & getting home would be a bit of hassle. The parade was followed by food, music, various vendors & fireworks. All of this was held throughout downtown along the waterfront parks. What a great way for the … (0 comments)

florida: Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Florida-March 25-27th - 03/24/11 03:00 PM
The 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begins today, Thursday, March 24 with festivities & activites to celebrate the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. There are many things happening besides the actual races including driver appearances & autographs, air shows with helicopters, stunt planes & jumping, music, food, Festival of the States parade, fireworks, a giant ferris wheel, kids activites, interactive activities, and many charitable causes. The cars start their practices at 8am on Friday with the races ending Sunday evening. Even though I am about 10 minutes from downtown, the way the noise drifts over the water, I can hear the cars from my house. … (0 comments)

florida: Things to do this weekend in the St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area - 03/05/11 12:26 AM
Bay Area Renaissance Festival
Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
 
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)  4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa FL 33617  wizards, warriors and commoners populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment on multiple stages, street theater, live armored contact jousting, human chess matches, art, craft and other vendors, fire-eaters and more. Price: $14.95 advance, $6.95 ages 5-12 advance; $17.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $9.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $10 per pet. Phone: (813) 983-0111  http://www.bayarearenaissancefest.com/ More dates: March 6 10 a.m., March 11 10 a.m., March 12 10 a.m. … (2 comments)

florida: Electric Vehicles:Myths vs. Reality - 03/01/11 10:57 PM
Yesterday several of us in the office were discussing electric cars partly because a dealership opened up next door to our office in January.  One side was convinced that electric vehicles were going to be worse for individuals because their electric bills would increase tremendously. The other side pointed out that the gasoline bills would decrease enough to make up for the increase in electrical bills. Some were concerned about the environment while others were only concerned with how it affected them personally & financially. I actually would love to be able to buy a solar & electric vehicle just to be-bop around town.  After all, I do … (2 comments)

florida: Ooh, even more good news-"it appears that prices for single-family homes are bottoming out" - 02/27/11 09:10 PM
Floridians still confident about economy for second month
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 23, 2011 - Consumer confidence among Floridians remained at 77 out of 100 in February, suggesting a sustainable and improved view of the economy, according to a new University of Florida (UF) survey.
The index rose seven points last month, an unexpected increase according to Chris McCarty, director of UF's Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, considering the economic climate in Florida. However, he considers it noteworthy that the index didn't change dramatically this month.
"We had expected a correction to last month's seven-point … (1 comments)

florida: And now for some good news: Florida’s existing home, condo sales up in January - 02/25/11 07:04 PM
Hooray! Finally some positive real estate news!

Gateway Squares Condo, St Pete, FL MLS#7484736 photo Annalisa Weller
© 2011 Florida Realtors®  ORLANDO, Fla. - Feb. 23, 2011 - Florida's existing home and existing condo sales rose in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Existing home sales increased 14 percent last month with a total of 12,151 homes sold statewide compared to 10,702 homes sold in January 2010, according to Florida Realtors. January's statewide sales of existing condos rose 36 percent compared to the previous year's sales figure.
Seventeen of Florida's metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) reported … (0 comments)