PRESS RELEASE (the short version): With all the negative news and hate coming at us from all sides, I just wanted to create something to help make our LGBTQ and LGBTQ Friendly lives a little better.
Pass-A-Grille LGBTQ History:
This area of Pass-a-Grille was the gay beach long before Bedrox and the popularity of Sunset Beach. The Hurricane was an open-to-the-beach gay bar called Jack's 809. On 8th, around the corner was the Lighted Tree (earlier Georgia's) and a gay guesthouse.....the area became more difficult to visit by the imposition of permit-required parking on all the streets except the metered spaces on Gulf Blvd.
Do YOU have a fond memory of Pass-A-Grille as THE gay beach of the '80's? Please share here!
Pass-a-Grille is a pet friendly neighborhood at the southern end of St. Pete Beach in Pinellas County, Florida. The beach community includes the Pass-a-Grille Historic District, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, and Pass-A-Grille Beach. The small beach town includes inns, hotels, restaurants, retailers, and waterfront areas on the Gulf of Mexico as well as the intercoastal waterway. It is located on a barrier island just south of the famous Don CeSar Hotel (The Pink Hotel)
The LGBTQ "Section" is from 8th Ave. & Gulf Way to 1st Ave & Gulf Way (in front of The Huricane and Keystone Inn to the jetty) Coming in from out of town? Consider THE KEYSTONE INN. Planning a wedding, event or special occasion? Contact RUSS HAYNES (manager of the Hurricane) for details. With more than 20 blocks of beach side parking, and with the growing LGBTQ population moving to the Tampa Bay / St. Pete Metro Area, this is can be a fun filled LGBTQ beach location. JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP .
By boat: Just follow the chart to Pass-A-Grill Beach and drop anchor. Raise the Pride or Cocktail flags and you're all set for some fun.
By car: just use the map above or GPS for details. There are more than 20 blocks of beach side parking and side street (limited) parking is available also however, it is $2.25 an hr.
By Central Avenue Trolley (CAT): Remove the stress of driving and parking fees from your day of fun in the sun. The PSTA CAT Trolley is just $2.25 one way from Central Plaza (Grand Central Terminal) on Central Ave to The Don CeSar Hotel and takes about 45 minutes one way. You can bring your bike (space permitting) for free. Click HERE for PDF map and times. The CAT leaves Central Plaza from GATE "F" and ALL PSTA route schedules can be found at the information booth. FREE with valid STUDENT ID.
BEYOND St. Pete? (Tampa, Ocala, Orlando, Naples) FREE PARKING from 8pm - 8am 7 days a week
By car: From the 275 Freeway take the 54 Ave. South exit WEST (drive to The Gulf of Mexico) to the end (The Don CeSar will be directly in front of you). Turn LEFT on Pass-A-Grille Way and take it to 8th Ave OR use map above. HOWEVER, you can drive to Central Plaza and park where ever you can then walk to Central Plaza for the CAT Trolley (Gate "F") to Pass-A-Grille Beach.