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NOT THAT CLOSE TO THE SUN

Re: "Naked ambition: selling St. Pete," Floridian, March

Dear Mr. Duryea,

I seriously doubt that the guests at the Vinoy Park Hotel were sunbathing nude on the roof of the hotel in the 1930s. There is only one possible location, a deck below the Tower, which in those days was adjacent to a private dining room. There were several "solariums" around the original in-ground pool for heliotherapy.

Guests may have been sunbathing on the roof of the Princess Martha, but they would have fallen off at the Vinoy.

Sincerely,

Elaine R. Normile, historian at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

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