Baker will give preservation talk
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Rick Baker will be at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort on Wednesday to push a new children's book about historic preservation and talk about local history.
Souvenir of St. Petersburg, Views from the Vinoy by Tampa author Robin R. Gonzalez tells the story of the Vinoy Hotel, the downtown waterfront parks, downtown architectural styles and Sunken Gardens. The book is a partnership between the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Pinellas County Schools and the city-owned Sunken Gardens.
The invitation-only event couldn't be more timely. Local preservation activists and the city have both pledged to save downtown historic buildings, but those plans have been held up.
Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer