The Manhattan Casino, at 562 22nd St. S, which was open from 1925 to 1968, drew some of the biggest names in music to St. Petersburg. Closed since 1968, city officials are now planning a weekend event to celebrate the unofficial opening of the historic dance hall. Preliminary plans call for a day-long street festival, complete with vendors and music and an opening night gala that will serve as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The Manhattan Casino is one of the last buildings on that block of 22nd Street S that was once a thriving "main street" of the city's African American community. "It (opening the casino) should have been done three years ago," said Mayor Bill Foster. "There is no reason for not letting the public have this. It belongs to the people and they should enjoy it."
St. Petersburg officials plan events for unofficial reopening of historic Manhattan Casino
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