St Pete Beach, officially the Sunset Capital of Florida, is the southernmost beach city on the barrier islands of Pinellas county, Florida. Pass-a-Grille, which is a community in St Pete Beach, points in to the mouth of Tampa Bay at the Bay's northernmost point.
Each town on the barrier islands has its own unique feel. The two areas with the most resort-like feel on the barrier islands are St Pete Beach to the south and Clearwater Beach to the north end. Each have many hotels and resorts and fewer permanent residents. The latest information from the University of Florida show a permanent population of 10,232 residents, and about 28% of the population as full-time residents.
St Petersburg Beach was consolidated in 1957 from the towns of Pass-a-Grille, Don Cesar, Belle Vista, St Petersburg Beach and an unincorporated part of Pinellas County. In 1994 it was voted by citizens to shorten the name to the popular shorter name of St Pete Beach (often misspronounced as St Pete’s Beach) to minimize confusion with the city of St Petersburg.
Speaking of Pass-a-Grille here is an interesting historical note. In the early 1900’s there was a population of Cajun fishermen in that area. They would catch fish and then smoke them over open fires at night. Boats would pass by and see these fires, and eventually these men became know as Grillers. The boats passing by would literally “pass a Griller,” thus the eventual name Pass-a-Grille.
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