A First St Pete Beach Resort?
By: Sally Yoder
As mainlanders found passage by the big ‘ol steamer boats, small skiffsand party boats, to the islands quiet beaches, early pioneers opened rough“hotels” to accommodate their needs. Eight Street (not Ave. back then)quickly became the “main” gathering and eating place, small roominghouses and fishing docks soon became the norm. George Lizotte openedhis “Bonhomie” in 1910, which was French for “good fellowship” andthere was plenty of that! He rebuilt and renamed it “Hotel Lizotte”. A firein 1918 destroyed that and damaged other nearby structures, but other hotels - The Mason House”, The Holloway”, and the large Plaza at 26thStreet continued to lure visitors eager to bath in the Gulf waters and partake of fresh seafood.
Local rooming houses did well despite rains whichmosquitoes but the roomers stayed getting 3 meals a dhomemade cakes and clean linen for as little as $2.00traveled back and forth over the bay in small (mostly f or twice a week for supplies. When Capt. Ken Marry,his little general store on what is now known as Merrya landlady a trip over the sometimes rough waters to k stocked!