St. Pete Beach's Corey Avenue
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Originally just a thoroughfare connecting St. Petersburg with Pass-a-Grille, the area on St. Petersburg Beach immediately south of the Corey Causeway would, in time, become a destination of its own. As Florida recovered from the Great Depression, real estate developers the Upham Company carefully turned a swampy and mosquito-infested property into a successful commercial district, eventually to be called St. Pete Beach's Downtown. Over the years, many businesses would come and go, but several of the earliest continue into the 21st century, and the offices of the largest municipality on Pinellas County's barrier islands are now located there.


Author Roberta L. Whipple brings a unique perspective to telling the Corey story, having grown up on St. Petersburg Beach as the daughter of a Corey-area merchant. Today she is the library director and secretary of the Corey Area Business Association. The photographs and ephemera contained in Images of America: St. Pete Beach's Corey Avenue come mostly from the archives of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, the City of St. Pete Beach, and the personal collections of the author and current and former business owners and their families.