St Petersburg, FL Community Magazine

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Volume 2, Issue 8, August 2017

From the benchIssue 08-17

From The Bench: August 2017

  1. Howdy! We’ve got a fun line up for you this month. We would give you a run down of the highlights, but honestly, you should just flip through every page—because it’s all worth reading. To improve your experience, we made a few changes to our layout this issue. What do you think? We’d love to hear your feedback. Shoot us an email at
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From the bench

Say Hello To Bob the Robot

Bob Channels John Cusack In “Say Anything.” Artwork By Aurailieus Artist.

Bob the Robot is a creation of St. Pete artist “Aurailieus Artist.” Bob has humble beginnings as a cardboard robot – tethered together by duct tape, glue and some metal wiring, mass produced as part of a robotic army set to adorn the halls of the first ever St.Pete Robot Exchange (an annual event in St. Pete to appease our robotic overlords). After a long night of drinking whiskey, and a rice megatron malfunction, the robot became self aware.

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Comic: Sunken Gardens

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Erik Jasek is a local cartoonist and illustrator. Erik has immense love for the city of St. Petersburg as the city’s fruitful music and art scene is a huge motivator for his work. Erik can be often spotted downtown vending comics at festivals, painting for art shows or just having a good time. To contact Erik, email:

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From the Museum’s Archives: August 2017


Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio vacationed at the Tides Hotel & Bath Club on North Redington Beach in 1961. DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and spent nearly every March in St. Petersburg for Spring Training. The Yankees arrived in St. Pete in 1925, practicing at Huggins-Stengel Field at Crescent Lake and playing their games at Waterfront Park/Al Lang Stadium through 1961, departing for Ft. Lauderdale the following season. The Schrader’s Little Cooperstown exhibit at the Museum of History features a ball autographed by both Monroe and DiMaggio, one of only two items believed to ever be signed jointly by the two icons.

The St Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information about exhibits, hours, and ticket pricing visit or call (727) 894-1052.

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Marine Science in St. Pete: The Large and Growing Oceanographic Research Community


Did you know that the St. Petersburg marine science research community is the largest in the Southeast? Research being done here is improving our understanding of many of the largest local and international environmental issues, including the effects of oil and sewage spills, sea level rise and ocean acidification. The center of this oceanographic research activity is the USF College of Marine Science (CMS) at the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex located on Bayboro Harbor, just south of downtown. Several prominent oceanographic institutions are clustered nearby. They all make up the St. Petersburg Ocean Team (SPOT), an informal consortium consisting of over 800 professionals involved in a mind-boggling variety of oceanographic activities, and representing a huge economic driver in the region.

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Clothes To Kids: Helping the Community One Child at a Time


Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, and families across Pinellas County are making sure their kids are prepared for the upcoming semester. Unfortunately, not every family can afford to supply their students with the essentials, especially when it comes to the expensive clothing that growing children need every year. That’s why Clothes To Kids (CTK) has been helping to provide families with the school clothing they need for more than a decade.

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RE/MAX Realty Unlimited: Educated Agents, Strong Values


Buying or selling a home is a major decision, possibly one of the biggest decisions of your life. You’ll probably want the best-of- the-best real estate professionals to help you navigate this tremendous process. That means savvy, educated professionals with strong values (and a little kindness and cheerfulness wouldn’t hurt either).

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St. Pete Dance: Begin Your Dance Journey Today


Get your dancing shoes on, St. Petersburg! There’s a new dance studio in town and they want to teach you some new moves.

St. Pete Dance is a dream turned into reality for Michael Raisch and Michael Housel. The two have been friends for 25 years, and not only do they share a passion for dance, but they have both spent many years in competitive dance and coaching.

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A Pier to Connect Us All: Janet Echelman


On a morning stroll through Vinoy Park, weaving through joggers and the friendly barks of leashed dogs, a particularly stunning sunrise turns the Tampa Bay water gold. Across the water the pier’s absence is evident, as St. Petersburg’s residents dream of a new pier to connect us even more closely to the water.

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