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The famed Vinoy Hotel, Saint Petersburg

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Borrowed history to share;
"It all started with a party, a bet, and a game of golf at the St. Petersburg Beach Drive home of Aymer Vinoy Laughner, a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman, where in 1923, famed golfer Walter Hagen drove several golf balls off the face of his host’s prized pocket watch. The wager: whether the watch’s crystal would survive Hagen’s powerful drive. It did, and the golf balls landed across Beach Drive on a residential waterfront property.

Laughner’s party guests suggested he purchase the property and build a grand resort – one that would carry his name. Laughner purchased the land for $170,000. Led by architect Henry L. Taylor and contractor George A. Miller, construction for the Vinoy Park Hotel began on February 5, 1925. The contractor set a construction record for completing the 375-room hotel in just under 10 months, in time for a grand opening on New Year's Eve 1925."
[credit and read more history here]-> VINOY PARK HOTEL HISTORY
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Welcoming the Rich & Famous;

"From the moment it opened in 1925, the Vinoy attracted the rich and powerful. The wealthy and famous. The grandest of all the 1920s Boom Era hotels, the Vinoy became one of the country’s most prestigious destinations, a coveted getaway for notable families, such as the Pillsburys and Fleischmanns, along with Hollywood stars, celebrities, presidents, and authors. Jimmy Stewart, Babe Ruth, Admiral Richard Byrd, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover were all known to grace the Vinoy Veranda at one time or another."

"In the 1950s and 1960s, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio visited the hotel. More recently, celebrities who have enjoyed the resort’s hospitality include the late Paul Newman and Eartha Kitt, Raquel Welch, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jay Leno, George Clooney, Bo Derek, Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tom Petty, Wolfgang Puck, Joe Namath, Melissa Etheridge, Tiger Woods, B.B. King, Dionne Warwick, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Olivia Newton John, and Harrison Ford."


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And if your still HunGry, come-on with me further
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If you wanna skip around to other parts of your tour, without following Wally Gator
you can use either of these FloridaPast Tour Links to get you there.
Wally doesn't like when his Tour leaves to go their own way. So he may snip at ya'll.
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