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St. Pete has the Guinness book of world record for the most consecutive days of sunshine: 768 (year 1967) and averages 360 days of sun each year.

American Style magazine named St. Pete the number one arts destination among mid-size cities in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011.

St. Petersburg was named as a result of a coin toss between co-founders Peter Demens and John C. Williams. Demens won the toss and named the city after his home of St. Petersburg, Russia.

St. Pete has the third-largest downtown waterfront park in North America, behind only Chicago and Vancouver.

St. Pete's city marina is the largest in Florida.

The Pinellas Trail is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern U.S.

The Rays reached the World Series with the lowest payroll ever in relation to the Major League average, their season-opening figure of $43,820,598 representing 49 percent of the norm.

St. Pete is home to the world's oldest and largest shuffleboard club, which has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with its free play on Friday nights. It will host the International Shuffleboard Tournament in 2013!

St. Pete's mystery monkey has been featured on The Colbert Report and has 83,000 Facebook friends.

In June 2011, the editors of Parents, the nation's top-selling parenting and family lifestyle magazine, named Fort De Soto Park America's best family beach. In both 2008 and 2009, TripAdvisor voted Fort De Soto the No. 1 beach in North America.

St. Petersburg was ranked the #3 most dog friendly city in the U.S. by BellaDOG Magazine.

St. Pete operates the largest recycled water system in the U.S.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, at 4.1 miles across, is the largest cable suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, rising 19 stories above Tampa Bay (at midpoint).

St. Pete is the birthplace of commercial aviation with the flight of the Benoist in 1914.

St. Pete is the birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training.

The historic Coliseum Ballroom features the Southeast's largest wooden dance floor.

Some of St. Pete's notable residents include actress Angela Bassett, Bubba the Love Sponge, Al Capone, Jack Kerouac, American jazz trombonist Buster Cooper, and famous kiteboarders Billy Parker and Alex Fox.