2017 Summer Dive-In Movies at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching a movie on our inflatable screen out under the stars. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. No outside coolers or food allowed. Event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

June 2- Moana
June 16- Jungle Book
June 30- Lego Batman
July 14- Finding Dory
July 28- Doctor Strange

–  Tickets on sale at 7pm; Gates open at 8pm.
–  Admission is $5.00 per person

Find out more at http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/.

Larry’s Donuts!

Larry’s adds Mini Donuts to the Beach’s Most Popular Dessert Menu!

“Mini Donuts was a natural brand extension for Larry’s; donuts are dessert just like ice cream and gelato…it’s in the family,” according to Alison Herman. “So, it made sense.” Family is more than the assortment of desserts offered at Larry’s at 6595 Gulf Blvd.…it’s what Larry’s is all about.  Owned for two decades by Alison’s mom, Dorothea Herman and her father Louis. Now owned and operated by mother and daughter, Larry’s remains a family-owned business and staple in St. Pete Beach as Alison branches into all things donut, gracing St. Pete Beach with the delightful, bite-full, treat in addition to the overwhelming variety of ice cream and gelatos.

Adding to the family business, the Herman’s bought Twistee Treat in 2004 so they could add, get this… 66 flavors of soft serve… to the ice cream eating public on St. Pete Beach. Family-owned and operated isn’t just a catch phrase for the Herman’s, it’s a way of life. Alison works side by side with her mother, Dore, managing, purchasing, menu planning, dealing with vendors, training staff… it’s more than a full-time job, it’s more than two full-time jobs. But, it’s also a labor of love. Love of ice cream, love of gelato, love of donuts, love of desserts, and most importantly, a love of family “My mom and I wanted to bring back the old-style, fresh made donut that you can’t get any where. Just like our ice cream and gelato (over 150 flavors) we offer the donuts in dozens of varieties.”

After a year of planning, Larry’s rolled out their mini donuts just as 2017 was replacing 2016.
“It took us a while to get the mix just right with us being literally at sea level and the salt air.” Their persistence and patience was worth the wait.

Larry’s now proudly makes the only fresh donuts in St. Pete Beach and serves them up with a myriad of toppings. There are the traditional favorites such as powdered, cinnamon sugar and glazed but that’s just for starters. With offerings ranging from Smores (chocolate glaze dusted with graham cracker crumbs and topped with marshmallow) to the Elvis (peanut butter icing topped with crumbled bacon).

Accompanying the new mini donuts are locally roasted Kahwa coffee and a cold-pressed, nitrogen-infused espresso, brewed in Sarasota. 

Mirroring the many different offerings on Larry’s menu is the crowd enjoying them: families, groups of young people, couples on dates, and folks of all ages. If you have questions about including Larry’s donuts in a family, church or school event, call (727) 360-4259

So, if you’re reading this article, come try some of Larry’s ice cream, gelato, or mini donuts. “Because, after all, there are no strangers, just family we have yet to meet!” says Alison.

By John Waterman

St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center Tidbits

Spring Swim Lessons at SPB Pool

Registration is going on now at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, for “Learn to Swim Classes” through the American Red Cross.  From three years of age and older, classes will teach proper technique and tips for safety in any water environment.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday and run in two-week sessions of 30-minute classes.  Classes are available at 5:00pm and 5:35pm.  A two-week session is only $40 for Residents of St. Pete Beach and $45 for Non Residents. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call (727) 363-9264.

Kiwanis ‘Every Child a Swimmer’ Program

The City of St. Pete Beach is proud to announce our partnership with Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches to offer the Every Child A Swimmer program. The Kiwanis family offers the Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS) Project to Elementary School age children.  The mission of the program is to reduce the number of child deaths from drowning by teaching them water safety and swimming basics. The program runs from May 1th to May 16th with classes held Monday and Tuesday of each week and those selected will have a choice of a 6:00pm or 6:30pm class time.  Registration is limited and those interested can sign up on a first-come basis at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, April 28th.  A parent or guardian must be present to complete paperwork and each child will be water tested at this time. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center at 727-363-9264.

Information Courtesy of the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department and the City of St. Pete Beach.

Water Pollution Prevention

The Top 3 Causes of Impairment to Florida Waters are:

#1 – Nutrients. Phosphorus and Nitrogen primarily from fertilizer and decaying vegetation.

#2 – Dissolved Oxygen. The excess nutrients in Florida Waters cause algae to grow and blossom which reduce dissolved oxygen, limiting the growth of underwater plants and animals.

#3 – Bacteria. Fecal bacteria occur only in animal waste – pets and humans.

These pollutants get into Boca Ciega Bay when rain (or even irrigation water) flows over land (yards, parking lots and streets) and is captured by street inlets or grates. If there are pollutants on the land, they are washed into Boca Ciega Bay with the stormwater.

The City of St. Pete Beach Public Works Department is responsible for keeping stormwater runoff as clean as possible before it reaches the Bay. City staff is trained to properly apply pesticides and fertilizer within City parks. Certain staff maintains current certifications to inspect construction sites and make sure that proper equipment is used to keep pollutants from getting into stormwater runoff. Each year, staff attends a refresher course for recognizing illicit discharges and how to minimize impacts to the stormwater system.

What is an illicit discharge? It is anything other than water that flows into a stormwater collection inlet. Illicit discharge includes oil, paint, grease, gasoline, grass clippings, pet waste and paper. If you see anyone dumping in the storm drain, please call the City’s Public Works Department at 727-363-9243 (Weekends call 727-224-4189).

Information courtesy of the City of St. Pete Beach


For more information, visit the following websites: http://www.stpetebeach.org/city-department/public-services/stormwater.html http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/stormwater.htm http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/

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 www.spbrec.com 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 www.theroostspb.com 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 RumFishGrill.com.

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 rddirector@stpetebeach.org

[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 traimancreativecopy@gmail.com

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