Pinellas County Celebrates 100 This Weekend

Activities, honors, online memories gallery bring past century to life

Friday, September 14, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (September 14, 2012) - Pinellas County is celebrating its 100 years of sunny history with a four-day Centennial Celebration this weekend throughout Pinewood Cultural Park.

The celebration, which kicks off tonight with an elegant ball featuring "angler attire" at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum, recognizes the County's growth from just 13,000 residents in 1912 to nearly 1 million today.

The festivities continue all weekend with a 5K walk/run and pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the Center for Fishing followed by the official dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Pinewood Cultural Park.

Fish fries will be held at noon on both Saturday and Sunday at the Center for Fishing. Other activities will be taking place on site at Heritage Village and at Florida Botanical Gardens. The event concludes on Monday with a "Pinellas County All Star Centennial Night" at Tropicana Field when the Tampa Bay Raystake on the Boston Red Sox at 7:10 p.m.

Several of the most influential citizens being celebrated include the following: 

  • Solomon Smith Coachman. Campaigned for separation from Hillsborough County; first chairman of the Pinellas County Commission.
  • Katherine Bell Tippetts. Conservationist and Trustee of the National Parks Association; helped establish the Florida Fish and Game Commission.
  • C. Better Wimbish. Champion of social justice and first black female attorney in Pinellas County; first African American to win a seat on the St. Petersburg City County.

Locals and visitors alike can join the celebration online anytime at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's online gallery, where they can upload their own "historic" photos and enjoy the experiences of others from 1912-2012. The gallery is searchable by decade and even specific Pinellas County locations.

Photos can be uploaded from your computer or via Facebook and Flickr here.

For a list of more events and to view videos on the history of Pinellas County, click here.

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

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