St. Pete Beach Lifeguard Certification Course

Become a certified lifeguard. Participants must be 15 years or older and must complete a pre-test in order to continue in the class. The pre-test consists of treading water for 2 minutes using legs only,  swimming 300 yards without stopping and swim 20 yards, surface dive and retrieve a 10 pound brick from the bottom, resurface and swim back to the starting point and exit pool. The class will be on March 13-16; April 22, 23, 29 & 30; May 13, 14, 20 & 21. Participates must attend all four days. Classes will meet from 8am-4pm and the cost is $160 St. Pete Beach Residents/ $180 Non-Resident. For more information visit our website at or call the Aquatic Center at (727) 363-9264.

Discover The Roost

If you like chicken, you are gonna LOVE the Roost! For locals & visitors alike, this is a terrific alternative.

The Roost serves delicious ‘Northern Style’ chicken and homemade sides that change daily; from fresh veggies, mac n’ cheese and cornbread to homemade desserts. The Roost uses a fast pressure-frying method of preparing chicken that incorporates very little oil and results in the healthiest, crispiest, juiciest chicken you’ve ever tasted and their crispy coating is completely gluten free!

All entrees include cornbread or biscuit, a chicken breast plus choice of 1-3 legs, thighs or wings. With two pieces you get two sides, three or four pieces, you get three sides (for really hungry folks!). If you want to trade dark meat for white, it’s only $2.  Add a side for another $2 or get a 4 Sides Only Meal for $7. Everyday there’s a choice of six homemade side dishes from a tantalizing menu that includes farm favorites such as sweet coleslaw, carrot raisin salad, collard greens & black eyed peas, tangy cole slaw, potato salad, Waldorf salad, corn pudding, broccoli rice casserole, cheesy potatoes, ginger carrots, squash souffle’, mashed potatoes & gravy, baked beans, sweet potato pie, cauliflower bake, mac-n-cheese and served with homemade cornbread or biscuits fresh daily. Save room for the delicious home-made bread pudding, crisp, cobbler or cake of the day.

The kitchen is open from 11 am-10 pm daily except Tuesday. Real sweet tea made daily or order a cocktail from the full liquor bar (where you can stay and party even after the kitchen closes). Bar snacks served in the bar after 10pm.

You can dine outdoors at the old-fashioned picnic tables, inside in the quaint, updated dining room, or at a high top or on a tractor seat in the bar. Wooden tables seat parties up to twelve people and the pale blue walls feature rustic art, tractor parts, plow discs, curio shelves, and nostalgic lighting. With free wifi and a kid-friendly atmosphere, The Roost even allows your leashed dog on the patio with you. Water bowls and treats provided!

Friendly servers deliver your chicken hot and your beer icy cold. You can also order to-go meals or boxes of chicken. It’s tastier, healthier, ecologically packaged (all biodegradable and no plastic), Local, and the same price as the Colonel’s! Where else on the beach can you dine for under $10? Come home to The Roost!  The Roost 7141 Gulf Blvd. @ 72nd Ave., St. Pete Beach 727-317-3629

St. Pete Beach 60th Anniversary T-Shirts On Sale NOW

60th Anniversary T-shirts are on sale!! The city is selling commemorative shirts that also serve as a discount at some of your favorite places. Wear your shirt on the 2nd Friday of each month all this year and get the special promotion/discount that the sponsor is offering. Great shirts, Great Deals! Shirts are $20 for short sleeves and $25 for long sleeves and are on sale at the St Pete Beach Community Center. Call 727-363-9245 for more information.

February is Looking BERRY Delicious at Rumfish Grill

Rumfish Grill is berry excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to bring you a special menu featuring Chef Aaron’s amazing dishes, inspired by none other than locally grown Florida strawberries! Sample a strawberry spin on ceviche, chicken wings and more. You definitely don’t want to miss out on their incredibly popular Strawberry Mojito Martini either!

New Strawberry Menu!

Blue Point Oysters
Strawberry Minonette|Cocktail Sauce
$2.65 Each

Chicken Wings
Strawberry Tears Hot Sauce | Celery | Carrots

Strawberry Ceviche
Fresh Fish|Bay Scallop | Gulf Shrimp | Strawberry | Jalapeno Lime

Local Fish
Strawberry & Red Chile Glaze| Smokey Creamed Corn | Wilted Spinach

Strawberry Mojito Martini
Coconut Rum and Vanilla Vodka infused with Fresh Pineapple and Strawberries,
mixed with Fresh Lime and Mint

To learn more, make reservations or view full menu
call 727.329.1428 or visit

Dining: Micki’s Ice Cream

Get Great Local Flavor and a 20% Discount for new customers at Micki’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

“It was a unique set of circumstances”, according to Alayna, that led she and her husband Mauricio Gonzalez to take over “Scoops on the Beach” ice cream parlor and rename it after its longtime proprietress, Micki Goodman.

Micki and her husband Martin had re-opened a prior Baskin-Robbins location in the Captain’s Mart strip center across from Joann’s Interiors at 6870 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach a year or two after retiring from Canada.


Over the years, three generations of Goodmans had worked there. The parlor has long had a reputation for serving top-quality, locally-made “Working Cow” ice cream. ”They are an environmentally conscious supplier of top quality product and we are excited about serving their awesome ice cream,” says Alayna.

“We love it that Working Cow reuses the tubs their product ships in. We are going a step further to protect the beach environment ourselves, eliminating styrofoam and switching to biodegradable products that are friendlier to the earth. We are adding baked goods and locally roasted coffee, made by other local businesses. Currently we are offering locally made ginger beer and chai kombucha. We’ll also be adding waffle cones, freshly made in-house and serving ice cream & fresh Belgian waffles (a delicious combo).”  A fun menu item they offer is a ‘flight of ice cream’ (a sample of 5 smaller scoops of ice cream for those who wish to sample multiple flavors!

Alayna says she is looking forward to meeting all of the ice cream lovers in town, young and old, residents and visitors alike.Mention that you read this story about Micki’s Ice Cream in Paradise NEWS to get 20% off your first visit to…

Micki’s Ice Cream Shoppe; 6870 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 33706  • 727-367-2933

News: St. Pete Beach 60th Anniversary

Happy birthday, St. Pete Beach. The City Commission has $35,000 in the current budget and put the planning, Austin Piazza as Vice        Chair, other members are Roberta Rhodes, Danielle Micklitsch and Scott Seubert. Also helping with the project is former SPB Commissioner Greg Premer. Mayor Deborah Schechner told Paradise News,  “Jennifer McMahon, her staff and our Recreation Advisory Board do an outstanding job for St. Pete Beach.  I appreciate their creativity in establishing traditional yet innovative ways to celebrate our 60th Anniversary with exciting activities that will appeal to all residents.”

“I have the highest praise for all the planning, hard work and enthusiasm from our recreation staff for the fun times beginning in January, having a wonderful brunch celebration on our actual Anniversary July 9 at the Don CeSar and continuing through the year. St. Pete Beach is the place to be in 2017!”

A unique 60th Anniversary T-shirt not only will promote the celebration but also will be a  “walking coupon to local establishments,” as McMahon described it for Paradise News.  “If you wear your T-shirt on the second Friday every month, participating sponsors each of whom will have donated $250 — with their logos on the back will offer special discounts at their place of business.”

“As examples, the Post Card Inn has a free appetizer at its Boathouse restaurant; Rum Runners at the Sirata has a 20% discount on food and drink; and the Hurricane is offering a 15% discount on each check. Other sponsors include Hotel Zamora & Castile Restaurant, Shark Tales, The Undertow/Smileys, Rumfish Grill at TradeWinds Guy Harvey Outpost, Maestry’s Brewing Co., Salty Rim, Brass Monkey, Riptides, Café Soleil, Dixie Dogs, Skidders, Ten Pin Lanes, Shells, Swigwam, Keystone Motel and Paradise News.”T-shirts will be priced at an affordable $20 and will be on sale at City Hall, the Recreation Center, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and the SPB Library, among other locations.
McMahon continued,  “Kelly Caputo, long-time Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce member and board director, has her Caputo Creative Agency creating a 60th anniversary music video. It will highlight the people having fun at the places hosting the key decade events, expanded as each takes place.  The video will run on the City Website and local cable channel, among other outlets.”

Through the Decades The celebrations will kick off on Elvis’ birthday, Sunday, January 8, with a Sock Hop to celebrate the 50’s at the Community Center from 1-4 pm. Featured band is 2 Dog Night with top Elvis hits promised.

Everyone will rock to the 60’s on Saturday, March 4, from 9 am to 4 pm at the annual Island Festival at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in Pass-A-Grille. Museum Volunteer Director Lance Peterson told Paradise News, ““With the City as co-sponsor for its 60th anniversary, it will also celebrate 100 years of the old church building that now houses our Museum and will be open all day. Events scheduled include the MG European Car Club, historic walks, rotating bands on stage in Hurley Park, vendors, food by the SPB Fire Fighters, other food, beer wagon, face painting, 21 donated raffle prizes with three drawn every hour, a 50-50 raffle, and other entertainment.”

Everyone will Salute our  Veterans on Saturday, May 6 in 70s style at Horan Park from 11 am to 5 pm in partnership with the Veterans of South Pinellas County. Brooks Cavender, VSPC Events Chair, told Paradise News,  “Our 7th Annual Salute to Veterans again will benefit local charities with some added new ventures. We will again offer a military enlistment ceremony, military and rescue vehicles, a competition car show, free concerts, exhibits, vendors, food & beer and family fun events all day.”

On Sunday, July 9, everyone will celebrate the  ‘80s at a champagne brunch at the Loews Don CeSar Resort. McMahon notes, “With Loews as the sponsor, the plan is to have voting for local favorites in a  ‘Best of St Pete ‘ competition for restaurants and businesses in many categories. Tickets will be sold to vote and for the brunch, where awards will be given to all the winners.”

On October 6, everyone will rock their way through the ‘90s at the kick-off concert for the Friday night October Concert Series in Horan Park from 7 to 9 pm. There will be a special 60th anniversary 50-50 raffle and other special giveaways.

The City will end the year-long celebration on Friday, December 1, at the Annual Tree Lighting & Boat Parade viewing party in Horan Park from 6 to 8 pm. For more information or to volunteer to assist with any of the 60th anniversary events, contact Jennifer McMahon, Recreation Director, at 727-363-9274 or email

[Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jennifer McMahon, SPB Recreation Director; SPB Mayor Deborah Schechner; Lance Peterson, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum; and Brooks Cavender, Veterans of South Pinellas County for their information and comments.”]

Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at

Year-long celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the creation of St. Pete Beach from the towns of Pass-A-Grille, Belle Vista and St. Petersburg Beach will mark the decades:

  • January 8, Sunday ‘50s Elvis Birthday Sock Hop at Community Center
  • March 4. Saturday ‘60s Island Festival with Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, Pass-a-Grille
  • May 6, Saturday ‘70s Salute to Vets with Veterans of South Pinellas County at Horan Park
  • July 9, Sunday ‘80s Anniversary Champagne Brunch at Loews Don CeSar Resort
  • October 6, Friday ‘90s Kick-off 60th Anniversary Concert at Horan Park
  • December 1, Friday Annual Tree Lighting and Boat Parade viewing party at Horan Park

Fitness: St. Pete Beach Classic Weekend

The St. Pete Beach Classic on January 13, 14, 15, 2017  (MLK Weekend) was a huge success, with beautiful weather and a huge turnout. Check back here for the results!

Attendees consist of local residents, beach visitors and tourists in addition to the athletes and their families who have come to our beach side community for the weekend’s events.

While serving as the location for athlete race packet pick up and late registration, expo attendees are treated to a wide array of vendors, health care professionals and service providers. Great deals can be found on health and fitness related products and gear as well as information concerning life-improving services. Attendees will be able to gain valuable information regarding their personal health, new products and treatments that are available to maintain good health as well as register and pick up their race packet and t-shirt if they are participating – and it’s all FREE!!

Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Friday, January 13, 2017  

  • 11 am Expo & Expo Registration/Packet Pick-up Opens
  • 7 pm Expo/Registration Closes

Saturday, January 14, 2017 

  • 6:00 am Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration Opens
  • 7:00 am Classic 10K Start
  • 8:45 am Synovus Kids’ Classic
  •  9:00 am Classic 5K Start
  • 10:30 am Expo Opens
  • 10:30 am Awards/Post-race Party
  • 5:00 pm Expo Closes
  • 5:00 pm Packet Pickup/Late Registration Closes
  •  5:00 pm Classic Beach Fun Run Start
  • 6:00 pm Concert & Party at Rum Runners
  • 7:00 pm Beach Bonfire behind Rum Runners

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • 7:00 am Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon Start
  • 8:30 am Post-race Party
  • 10:00 am Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon course Closes
  • 10:00 am Awards

One of the primary reasons for the success of the St. Pete Beach Classic race is the incredible support the race gets from locals, some of whom just tolerate the race, but many others volunteer to get involved as corner captains and helping in numerous other ways.

Volunteer benefits & requirements

  • Free long sleeve volunteer T-shirt.
  • Access to the post-race party.
  • Great volunteer party the weekend after the race.
  • Must be 15 years or older or (volunteers under 15 must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Volunteer hours credit for anyone who asks for documentation.

Visit the website to Volunteer

St. Pete Beach Lunch and Learn Series

Join the City of St. Pete Beach as they kick off our Lunch and Learn Series on January 11th.  Every Lunch and Learn will focus on a different topic ranging from Estate Planning to How to Avoid Senior Scams!  All Lunch and Learns will be held from 12-1p at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr.  All presentations are free and open to both residents and non-residents of St. Pete Beach.  Lunch will be provided. Please call ahead to reserve your seat.  A full list of dates and presenters visit our website or call (727) 363-9245.

Lunch and Learn Schedule

Jan 11 – Financial Advisor Scott O’Berry, Edward Jones Investment Firm– Estate Planning
Jan 25 – Presentation to be announced
Feb 8 – Matthew Miller, Humana-  How to avoid Senior Scams
Feb 22 –  Presentation to be announced
Mar 8 – Financial Advisor Scott O’Berry, Edward Jones Investment Firm- Examine how to budget for retirement expenses, potential sources of retirement income and potential risks such as LTC and health care costs.
Mar 22 – Presentation to be announced

St. Pete Beach Classic Needs Volunteers

Each year, the St. Pete Beach Classic grows in popularity for runners, their families, our local businesses, and for the over 400 volunteers who make it happen. The Classic weekend is one of our community’s premier annual events. Did you know that the race contributed an estimated $840,650.00 to our local economy last year? As a board member, and a volunteer, I’m proud of the work we do to provide a world class running event and to give back to our community and local charities. Now we need your help more than ever, volunteering is fun and easy.

Race weekend is January 13, 14 and 15, 2017. Please join us this year as a Course Marshal. Course Marshals are assigned to intersections on race routes to help guide cars safely away from runners and to show our runners community support. We start around 8:00 Saturday and Sunday mornings and our job is done well before noon. As a volunteer, you’re  invited to attend a volunteers’ appreciation dinner and are eligible to win a variety of prizes. We also have a huge beach bonfire party with live music Saturday evening behind the Sirata Resort.
Please, go to and sign up for Course Marshals North and the course marshal coordinator will be in touch. Or, call Michael Lehman at 727.492.4452 for more information.

2017 St. Pete Beach Senior Excursions

The St. Pete Beach Community Center has new Senior Excursions on the schedule January -March. The excursions are a great way for local seniors to travel with their friends and make new ones! All excursions will depart from the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. All trips will leave the Community Center at 9a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Participants must pre-register by the Wednesday prior to the excursion. There are limited number of seats available. Each trip is $12 for residents of St. Pete Beach and $15 for non residents. Cost covers transportation only. All admissions or lunch are extra and the responsibility of the participants. For more information call 727.363.9245 or visit


Jan 7th—Ringling Museum
Jan 14th—Mixon Fruit Farm
Jan 21st—Florida Aquarium
Jan 28th—Ellenton Outlets
Feb 4th—St. Armands Circle
Feb 11th—Dunedin Craft Festival
Feb 18th—Florida State Fair
Feb 25th—Tampa Outlets
Mar 4th—Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Mar 11th—Florida Strawberry Festival
Mar 18th—Ikea, Ybor City & The Columbia Restaurant
Mar 25th—International Mall

Find out what else is happening in St. Pete Beach at