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'Slice of the Burg' hopes to save downtown YMCA

ST. PETERSBURG — A grand historic structure and long-standing food and musical event — both in peril — will be feted June 1 at the Historic YMCA.

The YMCA, at 116 Fifth St. S, was built in 1927, but it's been on the market since 2006 and could be destroyed.

A Taste of Pinellas, a three-day food and music event that ran for 26 years, was last held in May 2012 in Vinoy Park. But organizers cited smaller crowds and rising costs in announcing the festival would go on hiatus for 2013.

Now, local music promoter Tom Nestor, who wants to turn the old Y into a music museum and concert venue, is launching a bid to save the building in the spirit of the endangered festival.

A Slice of the Burg, a block party Nestor hopes will attract names like Pat Travers and The Village People and well known local groups, will run from noon to 11 p.m. June 1 at the Historic YMCA. The event is looking for sponsors.

For more on A Slice of the Burg, call (727) 686-2163 or request information online at

'Slice of the Burg' hopes to save downtown YMCA 04/20/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 20, 2013 11:04pm]
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