Dinosaur World, Florida's outdoor dinosaur theme park is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year. Over 20 years ago, the Svensson Family bought an alligator park in Plant City and transformed it to the family-friendly park, which is open year-round.
Have you been yet? The park allows you to go back in time to see over 200 life-size dinosaurs! Dig for fossils at the Fossil Dig. Pan for real minerals and gems at the Dino Gem Excavation and crack your own geode with the Geode Cracker. Learn what it's like to be a Paleontologist at the Exploration Cave Show and later test your knowledge at the Triviasaurus Rex Game Show. Put your paleontology fieldwork knowledge to the test at the Boneyard and uncover a life size Stegosaurus skeleton from under the sand. At the Touch-and-Tell guess the dinosaur inside a hole without sight. Visit Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age and see Woolly Mammoths as they appeared during their time. Be sure to make a stop at the Florida Fossil Museum and learn about fossils native to the area. At the Prehistoric Museum you will find real artifacts and an animatronic dinosaur display. Play on the dinosaur themed playground - and don't forget your picnic lunch to Dine with the Dinos.
Where are you ringing in the New Year? Chamber members all around the 'Burg are hosting celebrations from Beach Drive to St. Pete Beach.
New Year's Eve Celebration
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Enjoy the thrill rides, live music and fireworks during the New Year's Eve celebration at Busch Gardens! Admission to the New Year's Eve celebration is included with a paid admission to the park.
First Night St. Petersburg
Downtown St. Pete
Join the fun at First Night St. Petersburg's Annual New Year's Eve celebration of the Arts. One of the most anticipated annual events in downtown St. Pete, this family-friendly event features live music, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks and more! The festivities start at 4 p.m. and continue through midnight. Admission buttons can be purchased at FirstNightStPete.com.
New Year's Eve Bad Prom
Join Mastry's for New Year's Eve, as they ring in 2018 in (Bad Prom) style! Ladies get out those old dresses and men dig out those cumberbuns... This will be a night to remember! They'll have new beers on tap and you'll be celebrating all night long... this will be the best Bad Prom you've ever experienced and actually wanted to attend!
New Year's Eve Winter Wonderland
Enjoy a New Year's Eve Party at The Birchwood and on The Canopy Rooftop Lounge! Two floors of open bar, exquisite Hors D'Oeuvres and Dinner Buffet, Live Music, DJ and champagne toast at midnight! $135 per person (does not include tax and gratuity charges).
NYE Black + White Party
Toast to the new year at the hottest NYE party projecting the biggest NYE countdown in Downtown St. Pete. Enjoy music by DJ Fresh + Certified Fresh DJs, photo booth, champagne toast at midnight $50 champagne bottles. Email email@example.com to reserve tables + bottle service! Limited space, so book soon! 21+, cocktail attire requested. $10 cover for men, no cover for reserved table. Party starts at 9pm. 100 4th Street South.
New Year's Bash at the Beach
The Don CeSar
Enjoy a lively bash at the beach this New Year's Eve at the Don CeSar's oceanside Rowe Bar. Sip cocktails by the oceanfront fire tables or dance the night away on the fireplace patio with one of Tampa's best live DJs! Enjoy gourmet hors d'oeuvres & chef inspired buffet action stations. Your ticket is inclusive of Rowe Bar's mouth watering house cocktails, beer, and wine bar package, as well as some special Bubbly to ring in the New Year with friends and loved ones. At midnight enjoy a champagne toast & balloon drop as everyone celebrates the NYC Ball Drop countdown live. Just steps from the beach this fun and memorable evening of dancing, food, and cocktails is the perfect way to ring in the new year Don style!
"Toast by the Coast" New Year's Eve Party
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tradewinds Island Resort
New Year's Eve revelers looking for a fancy soiree should head to TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach for their annual gala hosted in the Grand Ballroom. Enjoy an open bar, an extensive gourmet hors d'oeuvres buffet, and dancing to live music from Motel Funk from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Champagne & noise makers will take center stage at midnight! Price is $110 per person exclusive of tax and service charge for party goers or plan to take the elevator home and book the 2 night resort package. RSVP or reserve your room today by calling 727.363.2258.
Join NOVA 535 their final Party of 2017! James Flynn “Your Southside Lawyer” and “Grown Folks” presents the All Black New Year’s Eve Party 2018 at historic DTSP venue NOVA 535 in beautiful Downtown St. Pete. Free Valet Parking!
Are you a Chamber member hosting an event that isn't on this list? Submit your event via your Members Only Portal and we will update this list.
The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will host the American Athletic Conference Temple University and Conference USA Florida International University for the December 21st bowl game to kick off at 8:00 PM on ESPN. Teams will play at Tropicana Field in Downtown St. Pete.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Experience the ultimate tailgate before the game from 3:00PM - 7:00 PM at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill. Enjoy live music from Ryan Weaver, interactive games, corporate displays and more at the Fan Invasion on Central Avenue.
Enter to win 2 free tickets: Comment #GasparillaBowl on this post on the Chamber's Facebook Page or retweet on Twitter for a chance to win!
The St. Pete Chamber’s Inaugural Legislative Forecast, presented by Corcoran & Johnston in partnership with Tampa Bay Water, was held at the Hilton Carillon on Friday, December 15, 2017. Over 60 business and community leaders got an inside sneak peak on the expectations for the 2018 Legislative Session from State Representatives Ben Diamond, Kathleen Peters, and Wengay Newton, as well as from State Senator Daryl Rouson.
Home Rule, auto thefts, medical marijuana, mental health, and budget requests were among the items discussed and all the attendees came away with a good idea for what to expect from our State Legislature next year. Thank you to the legislators and our Moderator, Barclay Harless, for the excellent discussion.
Last Friday, over 200 community members gathered at Pinellas Technical College (PTC) to learn about the Grow Smarter Strategy, the initiatives that are currently underway in St. Pete and the opportunities for future growth in our city.
Jim Donatelli, the 2017 Chair of the Chamber's Board of Governors, kicked off the event and introduced Scott Gault of the Bank of Tampa, the event's presenting sponsor. After a welcome from our host, Mayor Kriseman took the stage.
Chris Steinocher, Chamber President & CEO offered the audience background on the Grow Smarter Strategy, an economic development initiative that allows everyone to participate in St. Pete's growth.
In 2014, the City of St. Pete and the Chamber together hired Market Street Services, Inc to build a strategy for growing St. Pete's economic position. The Grow Smarter Strategy targets specific job sectors for growth and development. In these "targets", competitive advantages exist, prospects for future growth are greatest, and return on investment is likely highest.
DISTRICTS & CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT
Work Group Leader, Mack Feldman, Feldman Equities, led a discussion with Alison Barlow, Innovation District Executive and Gypsy Gallardo, of the 2020 Plan, on the focus area's successes.
Innovation District recap - click to watch video.
2020 Plan overview - click to watch video.
TARGETED JOB CREATION
St. Petersburg EDC President, J.P. DuBuque, City Development Administrator, Alan DeLisle and Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development discussed the importance of job creation and introduced local success stories of expansion, relocation and enhancement:
COORDINATED EDUCATION & TRAINING
Sandra Gadsden, an Iron Yard graduate moderated a discussion on the successes in education, ranging from pre-k to the collegiate level, featuring:
Ryan Rutan, founding partner of Startups.co updated the audience on the successes, challenges and resources related to the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Chad Nuss, co-founder of InsideOut, moderated a discussion of local success stories featuring:
CULTURE & COMMUNITY
Culture & Community encompasses aspects of housing, arts, lifestyle and safety. The work group presented updates on each topic through discussions led by:
Paul Carder, the Chamber's Marketing Chair and Nina Mahmoudi, the City's Marketing Manager wrapped up the event with exciting recaps of the Amazon HQ2 proposal, GeekWire attention, and other external city marketing efforts. Joe Hamilton of Big Sea revealed the new website for the Grow Smarter Strategy at www.growsmarterstpete.com.
Watch the Amazon HQ2 Proposal video.
Watch the GeekWire video.
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