2008 Preservation Awards in St. Pete

To the uninformed, Florida history might seem like an oxymoron. But it almost goes without saying that the state, and the Tampa Bay region, has a rich history.

In  many cases, the only things remaining from that era are the buildings. And during Tampa Bay's waves of condo development, those historical structures have fallen fast.

In the next Creative Loafing, my cover story deals with the nine most endangered buildings in St. Petersburg. Some of the structures on the list might surprise you.

In the meantime, St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. is holding its annual Preservation Awards ceromony tonight that honors property owners who see the benefits in preserving the city's historic structures.

SPPI is holding the event at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. Reservations aren't necessary and the history buffs plan to have a cash bar. (Woo!)

I'll post the winners later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

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