I-275 South to St. Petersburg to exit 17 (old #4) the Pinellas
Go west across the Bayway (toll) to St. Pete Beach.
right on Gulf Blvd. Go north 1 mile.
Grand Plaza Hotel is on the
beach side of the island.
Address: Grand Plaza Hotel and Beach Resort
Pete Beach, Florida 33706
Fact or Myth: St. Pete Beach Information and History
The city was co-founded by John C. Williams,
formerly of Detroit, Michigan, who purchased the land in 1876, and by Peter Demens,
who was instrumental in bringing the terminus of a railroad there in 1888. St.
Petersburg was incorporated on February 29, 1892, when it had a population of
only some 300 people.
The city St. Petersburg, was named after Saint
Petersburg, Russia, where Peter Demens had spent half of his youth.
A local legend says that John C. Williams and Peter Demens flipped
a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Peter
Demens won and named the city after his birthplace, while John C. Williams named
the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit. The Detroit Hotel still exists