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     St. Petersburg is a city on Florida's gulf coast, part of the Tampa Bay area and is destined to become The San Francisco of The East Coast. It's known for its pleasant weather (hence its “Sunshine City” nickname), making it popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beach going. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra.

     The current building boom is like nothing seen in decades. St. Pete is destined to succeed as ground zero to a growing younger LGBTQ population with new state of the art luxury high rises throughout the downtown section, up scale shopping, hotels, a small airport, cross bay ferry service and three marinas just walking distance from downtown. From The Firestone Grand Prix, Arts, Wine and Music Festivals to Gay Pride downtown St. Pete is the place for young LGBTQ singles, couples and families to see and BE SEEN!  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SPECIAL NOTE: This is only the beginningAs the weeks, months and years move forward so will this webpage, as a single online resource offering you (the entire LGBTQ Community of the Tampa Bay Region) more information to help make your day to day lives a little better.


​​Population: 249,688 (2013)     Mayor: Rick Kriseman      

Area code: 727


VITAL HURRICANE / STORM TIPS & INFORMATION 


WELCOME CENTERS

LGBTQ Tampa Bay. com (on Face Book)

LGBTQ Tampa Bay.com (on Twitter)

St Pete Welcome Center

Empath Health

Brandon's POZ Socials (coming Nov. 2018)


FREE HIV TESTING SITES:

​​Out Of The Closet (An AHF thrift store)       

Testing hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-7 pm

3400 26th Ave South, St. Pete (map)


At The Flamingo Resort

EPIC / Empath Health (HIV TESTING & LGBTQ Outreach)

Ron Knudesn - Coordinator    727.321.7600

Call for days, times and other Empath HIV Testing locations. 
 

​​​​​​​​​ARTICLES:

City of St. Pete stands UNITED with LGBTQ Community

St. Pete, Florida, March 2, 2017: “Today the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with St. Pete Pride,

(Read article)


St. Pete again tops list of LGBTQ-friendly Florida cities.

Oct 17, 2016, 1:08pm EDT 

Updated Oct 17, 2016, 2:49pm EDT (Read article)


AboutTravel: What are the best 2017 spring break towns for gay and lesbian travelers?  
By Andrew Collins; Gay & Lesbian Travel Expert

"A look at some of the top gay spring break destinations in North America for 2017, including St. Pete, Florida. (Read article) See part 6/12 "Florida's Other Gay Hot Spots: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, and St. Pete" for details. (Details regarding Gay Spring Break St. Pete coming to this webpage soon)


​​EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES: (NOTE: ALL links offered on this page have employment opportunities)

Pinellas County - Jobs In Pinellas County

Career Source(free resources & workshops)

Ruth Eckerd Hall (theater, music)

PSTA(bus company)

Help Wanted Face Book Group (St. Pete & Tampa)

St. Petersburg Job Fair


LOCAL GOVERNMENT:

Pinellas County DMV, Property, Other                 website

Fl. Driver Privacy Protection Act, FHP, Other       website

Forward Pinellas(Intergrating Land use & Transportation)


LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Pinellas County

Tarpon Springs

Clearwater

St. Pete


ACCOMMONDATIONS:

(ALL are walking distance to Downtown St. Pete)

The Vinoy 

Hyatt Place(Opened Sept. 2017)

Hotel Indigo

Hilton Bayfront

Courtyard Marriott

Hampton Inn & Suites


(Near the beaches)

The Flamingo (gay owned)

The Don CeSar (the pink hotel)

The Opal Sands Resort(NEW on Clearwater Beach)


COMMUTER BUS SERVICE TO TAMPA:

Why drive when you can RIDE?

Route 100 (PSTA) Via Gandy Bridge (From Gateway Mall Terminal)

Route 200 (HART) Via Courtney Campbell Causeway

Route 300 (PSTA) Via 275 Freeway (From Park-N-Ride & #59 Bus)


TRANSPORTATION:

Light Rail, Express Lanes & Bike Lane

(2020 Proposal Howard Franklin Bridge)

PSTA(mass transit) (SERVICE CHANGES) (SYSTEM MAP)

RidePSTA (real time GPS bus locator)

DART(paratransit)

St. Pete Airport(PIE)

Albert Whitted Airport (downtown St. Pete)

Clearwater Airpark  (mid county)

Tampa Bay Water Taxi(Water taxi for Gulf Beaches)

Electric Taxi Service(downtown St. Pete)

Coast Bike Share(downtown St. Pete)

Horse and Carriage (downtown St. Pete)

Electric Car Charging Stations (just in case)

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SHOPPING: (Malls, Retail Districts)

Sundial(downtown St. Pete)

Beach Drive (downtown St. Pete)

Saturday Morning Market(downtown St. Pete)

Tyrone Square Mall(near VA)

Seminole City Center(NEW)

Westfield Mall (indoor ice skating)

Fresh Markets( Area Farmers Markets. Food, Crafts & Music)


HOSPITALS of INTEREST: (health Related)

Bay Pines VA Hospital (near Tyrone Mall)

Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital (downtown St. Pete)

St. Anthony's (downtown St. Pete)

Morton Plant Hospital(Clearwater)

Empath Health (county wide)

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (county wide)

Outdoor Fitness Zones (county wide fitness)

Why Get Tested For HIV? (What's the point?)

Do You Plan To PNP This Weekend?

Is PrEP Right For You? 


HIGHER EDUCATION:

PTEC

USFSP  (main campus)

USF St. Petersburg- Office of Multicultural Affairs (LGBTQ)

Eckerd College

St Pete College

Stetson Law University

FREE Online Help For Kids

NYTimes: Dorm Essentials (NYT article)
NYTimes: How to Get the Most Out of a College Town Vacation


PERFORMING ARTS: (Theater, Concerts, Workshops, Movies)

Jannus Live

State Theater

Dinner Theater

American Stage

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Mahaffey Theater

Palladium Theater

St. Petersburg Theater

Clearwater Jazz Festival

FREE Movies In The Park

freeFall Theater Company

Catherine Hickman Theater

St. Petersburg Opera Company

St. Pete Art Walk(Art, Galleries & Warehouse shows)

EVENTS  (general listing for the St. Pete area)


MUSEUMS:

Dali Museum

Morean Arts Center

Museum Of History

Automobile Museum

Museum Of Fine Arts

Florida Holocaust Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum 

(African American Museum)

Jon Hair Monumental Sculpture  (Local studio)

For the kids: Great Explorations


ATTRACTIONS:

The NEW St. Pete Pier(construction LIVE webcam)

1st Friday Block Party(Monthly Block Party downtown)

St. Pete Coffee Tour(local coffee shops)

Al Lang Stadium(Rowdies Soccer)

Escape Thrill Clearwater (Can YOU get out?)

Dinning Yacht Cruise (Clearwater & St. Pete)

DEADLY Rival Roller Derby (LGBTQ teams link)

Sunken Gardens

Johns Pass Boardwalk 

Tropicana Field(Tampa Bay Rays Baseball)

Florida Botanical Gardens

Biff Burger(classic car show weekly)

Quaker Steak and Lube (weekly classic cars)

Pro Kart Experience(Outdoor GoKart Racing)

Firestone Grand Prix(annual racing event)

Pinellas Trail (bike, hike, jog, walk)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Gulf Port (beach side village)

Area Beach Information(discount tickets and MORE)

BIG Gay Busch Gardens Annual Event 

Celebration Station (Mini Golf, batting cages, Food & MORE)

Congo River Golf 

BREAKING NEWS - SKATE PARK!







​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Districts:

Grand Central     Warehouse Arts    Edge


Points of interest:

Clearwater   Dunedin   Gulfport   Safety Harbor   Tarpon Springs


About the St. Pete LGBTQ friendly experience:

The list of bars, restaurants and night clubs in the Downtown Section of St. Pete are too many to mention here (sorry). However, a good time will be had by all who explore the area day or night. See why The City of St. Pete has moved GAY PRIDE downtown! 


LOCAL EVENTS FACE BOOK GROUP  Your ONE STOP SHOP for LGBTQ Events in the Bay Area, just visit the page and scroll down the postings. Click on the posting for details.


NOTE: Just GOOGLE the listings below for location & detail information.

Along Central Avenue's Grand Central District: website

(Along Central Ave between the 275 Freeway and 29th St)


Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe, 2955 Central Ave.   

Cappy's Pizza, 2900 1st Ave. North,                            

Engine Rose, 2901 Central Ave.,                                 

Pom Pom's Teahouse / Sandwicheria, 2950 Central Ave.  

Casita Taqueria, 2663 Central Ave.                              

Sazon Resturante, 2924 5th Ave. North                      

Lucky Star Lounge, (gay bar) 2760 Central Ave.          

The Garage on Central (gay bar)  , 2729 Central Ave. 

NuMEX Chile Centric Cuisine  2710 Central Ave.        

The Motherlode Antiques, 2614 Central Ave.               

Bambu The Eco Salon, (hair salon) 2600 Central Ave.
​Janet's Antiques, 2545 Central Ave.                             

Lion's Paw Antiques, 2541 Central Ave.                       

The Queens Head Euro Pub 2501 Central Ave.           

Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine, 2462 Central Ave.              

Old Key West Bar & Grill, 2451 Central Ave.                

Community Cafe, 2444 Central Ave.                            

Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery, 2601 Central Ave. 

Creative Soul Studio-Coffee, 2425 Central Ave.

The Looking Glass, 2329 Central Ave.

Dog Bar St. Pete, 2300 Central Ave.

Tap House 61, 2061 Central Ave (bar)

Mane Stay, 2059 Central Ave, (hair salon)

Love Food Central Cafe, 2057 Central Ave.

Haslam's Book Store (new & used) 2025 Central Ave.

The Burg, 1752 Central Ave.

Urban Brew & BBQ, 1939 Central Ave.

The Clay Center of St. Pete, 2010 1st Ave. N.

The Bikery (coffee & bikes) 2222 1st Ave. S.

​​

Closer to Downtown St. Pete:

(between I-275 Freeway and Beach Drive)


Hawkers Asian Street Fare 1235 Central Ave.

The Amsterdam, 1049 Central Ave. 

Grass Roots (Coffee house) 957 Central Ave.

The Edge of 9,  900 Central Ave. 

Enigma, 1110 Central Ave (closest gay bar to downtown)

Black Amethyst Tattoo & Gallery689 9th street N.

Cider Press Cafe(Vegan) 601 Central Ave.
A Taste of Wine, 241 Central Ave.

Hofbrauhaus St. Pete 123 4th Street South

Island Laser Design 2380 6th Ave. South

Vertical Ventures(indoor rock climbing) 116 18th St S

The Lucky Dill(NY Style cafe) 277 Central Ave

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, 400 Beach Dr.NE 

Moon Under Water, 332 Beach Dr. NE

Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Dr. NE,

Bella Brava, 204 Beach Dr. NE

The Hanger, 540 1st Street SE (Albert Whitted Airport)

The Canopy @ Birchwood Inn, 340 Beach Dr. NE

Stillwaters Tavern, 224 Beach Dr. NE


Gulfport:

Pepperz Nightclub, 4918 22nd Ave. S.

Tangelos Grille, 3121 Beach Blvd. S.

Salty's Gulfport, 5413 Shore Blvd. S.


Mid County / between St. Pete and Clearwater:

BRANDON'S POZ SOCIALS Monthly HIV +/- Social   see ad below)

TOTAL WINE(Liquor Superstore near VA & Tyrone Square Mall)

SKINZ - (dance & stripper wear, gay & straight)  2027 Gulf to Bay Blvd

Quench Lounge & Bar, (gay bar) 13284 66th Street N.

Dharma Hookah Lounge, 13344 66th Street N.

Bert's Barracuda Harley-Davidson 2805 54th Ave N

Mad Hatters, 4685 28th Street N.

Pro Shop Pub(gay bar in Clearwater), 840 Cleveland Street

Hamburger Mary's( near Tyrone Square Mall)

CHIROPRACTIC : CHIRO TO GO

Dr. Joshua Carreiro                                                                    727.265.5830

Gypsy Natural Care, Carissa Nicole                                           347,338.0653

Mattress Warehouse - Andy Ragusa, 13240 66th St. N Largo   727.538.4888

ESTATE SALE SERVICES: Don Sims                                         727.424.7387

WELLNESS ADVOCATE: Michael DaCosta, MD.                        727.804.2660

HANDY MAN, Korey Cunningham                 Koreyscunningham@gmail.com

ARTIST: David Rule (acrylics & watercolors)                               616.328.4054

KOA ST. PETE / MADEIRA BEACH (waterside camping, RV & cabins)

Search Global Ventures, Pat Guevara, Owner                            727.776.1591

HEC Networking, Michael DaCosta                                             727.452.6079

Weddings By Gary                                                                       727.743.8880

GAY BOWLING, Dunedin Lanes, Dunedin, Fl.                            727.736.1282

(on Facebook)    

Charlestowne Porcelaine 8615 Honeybee La, Port Richey

      

At the FLAMINGO RESORT

(Home of Gay Spring Break)
Adonis Leather Crafters 
Tyler'z Barber Shop
A Touch of OZ
Edge Real Estate

Gay Safe Haven Radio (GSHRadio)

Ron Knudesn - Coordinator          727.321.7600

EPIC / Empath Health (HIV TESTING & LGBTQ Outreach) 


BETWEEN St. Pete and FLAMINGO RESORT:

Out Of The Closet (AHF thrift store) 3400 26th Ave South

​HIV Testing Site also. Testing hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-7 pm

Skyway Diner (NEW OWNER) 4000 34th St S. St Pete 


St. Pete Pride
2227 Central Ave,(website)

2017 St. Pete Pride Guide (click here)


​Come OUT St. Pete ( Events, Arts, Dining and MORE)

(County Wide)


​Mental Health Counseling

Rainbow Counseling of Florida, 4554 Central Avenue


Tampa Bay LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

3251 3rd Ave N Suite 125  (website)


Financial Advisor

Efrain Toro, Senior Partner Manager at JPB & Associates          (link)


Real Estate:
​David Latscha ReMax Advantage Realty (St. Pete office)           813.955.2340

​David@Lascharealty.com

Pete McGahan, Realtor Keller Williams Realty St Pete.
111 2nd Ave NE, #400*                                                                 

Bud Gunter, Mortgage Loan Originator at Sharpe Mortgage       (link)

Tampa, Florida

The Wave LGBTQ Friendly Condos in St. Pete,


Business Consultant · Advertising Agency · Marketing Consultant

Rainbow411 4601 34th St South, Suite 220, St. Pete


SPECIAL EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Click on the pix below for details OR the links under the PERFORMING ARTS, MUSEUMS or ATTRACTIONS SECTIONS.