Port of St. Petersburg

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Port of St. Petersburg
Location
CountryUnited States
LocationSt. Petersburg, Florida
Coordinates27°45′45″N 82°37′47″W / 27.76247°N 82.62959°W / 27.76247; -82.62959Coordinates: 27°45′45″N 82°37′47″W / 27.76247°N 82.62959°W / 27.76247; -82.62959[1]
Details
Opened1925[2]
Operated byPort Director
Owned byCity of St. Petersburg[3]
Sizeappx. 4 acres
Available berths1
Employees~11
Channel depth23 feet[4]
Statistics
Annual revenueUS $58,000 (FY 2013)[5][6]
Website
Port of St. Petersburg

The Port of St. Petersburg is a port located near downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.[7] The Port of St. Petersburg is used by the U.S. Coast Guard under Sector St. Petersburg[8] and serves a super yacht facility.[9][10]

History[edit]

The Port of St. Petersburg opened in 1925 in anticipation of becoming a major shipping port. In the beginning, the port was used mainly for the use of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1927 up until it was abandoned in 1933, although the base was reopened in 1939 due to World War II. Following World War II, the port was used as a dry dock for ships. In 1977, the interest for turning the St. Petersburg port into a cruise port was rumored among the city. However, shortly after problems arose when the depth of the port was revealed to be shallower than most ports such as the Port Tampa Bay and Port of Miami the city attempted regardless to get a cruise line tenant. In 1987 the city finally got a cruise line by the name of Scandinavian World Cruises that offered their ship the Scandinavian Star to the port where it stayed until 1991. Following in 1993, another cruise line from Ukraine took up the spot, however like the Scandinavian cruise before the Ukraine cruise liner didn't stay extensively. Since the absence of a cruise liner, the Port of St. Petersburg has been struggling to get commercial usage.[11]

Future port plans[edit]

Although the port's commercial use has been declining throughout the years, dreams of the port expanding its use for cruise ships, yacht repairs, markets, a marine research hub, and a relocation port has been suggested by members of St. Petersburg government and port owners.[12]

Downtown Waterfront Master Plan[edit]

The Port of St. Petersburg is a part of the Bayboro District in the cities Downtown Waterfront Master Plan. The plan for the district is to add pedestrian areas, more park spaces around the district, and development sits for future use. The plan for the port also calls for deeper water wharf's, pier structures, and new peninsulas such as Port Discovery.[13]

Port Discovery[edit]

The port also has been working on a partnership with the St. Pete Ocean Team to carry out a plan called 'Port Discovery' for marine education, research, and science on the St. Pete Port. The 'Port Discovery' plan would allow the Port Terminal Building to be open for the public and would mainly focus on local schools visits.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Port of St. Petersburg". www.marinalife.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  2. ^ Deese, Alma Wynelle (2006-01-01). St. Petersburg, Florida: A Visual History. The History Press. ISBN 9781596290952.
  3. ^ "Port Tariff" (PDF). www.stpete.org. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  4. ^ "Port of St. Petersburg" (PDF). http://freightmovesflorida.com/. FDOT. Retrieved 2015-09-23. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "Marina" (PDF). www.stpete.org. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  6. ^ "City Scorecard". www.stpete.org. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  7. ^ a b "Port of St. Petersburg - Florida Ports Council". Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  8. ^ "USCG Sector St. Petersburg FL". www.uscg.mil. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  9. ^ "Port of St. Petersburg". www.marinalife.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  10. ^ "Port St. Pete - St. Petersburg". www.stpete.org. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  11. ^ Deese, Alma Wynelle (2006-01-01). St. Petersburg, Florida: A Visual History. The History Press. ISBN 9781596290952.
  12. ^ "St. Petersburg officials trying again on city's little-used port". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  13. ^ "Downtown Waterfront Master Plan" (PDF).