Support poured in from all over the world! Over the first weekend, there were over 5,000 signatures. By the next week, there were over 15,000. Then this went viral. Every state was represented. Friends of the Shack from all over the world were sharing their love through comments.
Both Lois and the owner were overwhelmed that the word would spread on social media. The petition was on fire! The petition's comments were just gut wrenching to read. Here are a few:
It is an awesome fish shack where all the locals go for the best wild caught fish! Don't take this special gem away from the locals and those visiting our beautiful city!
I'm signing this petition because I am a frequent customer at the shack. This place is know to locals and tourist alike and welcomes all with open arms, the freshest fish in town, and beautiful sunsets. It's a staple to the neighborhood!
I believe in preserving old Florida and unique restaurants such as the Seafood Shack. Fresh is what they represent. I wish we had more of them!
Social media was working. A film crew heard caught the buzz about what happened and volunteered to document the Friends of the Shack’s testimonials. They wanted the world to know what was happening to Old Florida. Their goal was to get this into the both Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.
Violent storm crossing Sunshine Skyway Bridge heading into the Gulf of Mexico.
Shelf cloud rolling over downtown St. Petersburg.
Marina is under a shelf cloud. Meanwhile, a boat hurries back to the dock.
Shelf cloud rolling over Fort DeSoto heading inland.
Massive cloud front behind the St. Petersburg Pier over Tampa Bay.
Mayor K tore tore down the Pier. Residents were up in arms because the Mayor used a non-transparent selection committee and process.
Storm over North Pinellas County.
Massive rain shaft over downtown St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay is the lightning capitol of the United States. #2 in the world.
Rainbows seem to occur in the same location.
Every year the downtown St. Petersburg skyline changes.
Downtown's South Basin offers easy access to Tampa Bay.
Chihuly Collection on Beach Drive will soon move to a new location across from the Morean Art Center.
Every spring the red kapok tree blooms at the Museum of Fine Art..
Pedestrian and bike paths along Bay Shore Drive NE. North Basin, also called Vinoy Basin, is where the yachts dock. The larger yachts are minutes south at Harborage Marina.
South Basin is along Bay Shore Drive SE and next to Albert Whitted Airport.
World-class Dali Museum is along the Bay Shore Dr. SE and across from the South Basin.
Inside the Dali Museum is the DNA Helical Staircase.
The St. Pete to Cuba regatta returns in 2017. This is not the regatta but ordinary sailors seem to be playing follow the leader.
Downtown's nighttime skyline.
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. Some say it is haunted.
Central Avenue is bustling from city center to 31st Street and includes several business districts.
The Gulfport Waterfront District stretches from the waterfront inland for eleven blocks.
Gulfport from Boca Ciega Bay.
Williams Pier offers vista views of Boca Ciega Bay and St. Pete Beach from the IntraCoastal Waterway side.
"Welcome to Gulfport" and the pelican sculpture can be easily seen by boaters.
Classic building with a ballroom dance floor and stage. Great venue for events. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Beach Boulevard South has art, shops, local eateries, and restaurants. It is a great place to stroll.
Lost? Need guidance?
Lake Maggiore has many bird species.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve has over 5 kilometers of nature trails. Tram available for handicapped, seniors, or walking challenged.
Pristine and quiet.
Armadillo. Metal sculpture by Paul Eppling.
Sea turtles nest on the beach. Turtle Watch has patrols to mark the nests.
Birds don't need to worry about dogs on the beach, except on one beach at Fort DeSoto. The dog beach is the only dg beach approved in the county.
Fort DeSoto's Bird Sanctuary at Lots 8 and 9
Terns like to hover before they dive for fish.
White pelicans migrate every fall to the Florida. Lois' mom and dad are on the right.
Osprey flying with a fish.
The morning breakfast run.
Skyway Trial goes all the way to the North Skyway Rest Stop. You can continue onto the North Skyway Fishing Pier.
Skyway Trail goes up and over the Misener Bridge. Stop and watch the watch the boats go under the bridge.
Bayway Trail connects St. Pete to St. Petersburg.
Bayway Trail crosses the Pinellas Bayway. Enjoy the vista views!
Gulf Way Walkway is at Pass-A-Grille on St. Pete Beach. If you don’t want to use the sidewalk, you can walk on the beach.
Gulf Way walkway goes from the southernmost point of Pass-A-Grille to the northern end. The sidewalk is about a mile long.
Clam Bayou is in South St. Petersburg next to Gulfport.
Clam Bayou has a bike path that winds through the scenic bayou..
Treasure Island Beach Walk has informational placards along the beach walk.
Treasure Island Beach Walk winds its way between the hotels and beach.
Trails cross Johns Pass, which separates Treasure Island and Madeira Beach.
Courtney Campbell Trail crosses the northern end of Tampa Bay.
Courtney Campbell Trail connects Clearwater and Tampa.
Clearwater Beach has a Beach Walk.
Bridge walking is popular. This is Dunedin’s Causeway Boulevard. Great sunset spot.
Getting ready to unload the catch.
Yellow edge grouper is a deep-water fish. Tastes like lobster.
No playing on the slide. They are to slide the crates of fish.
Time it right to see black tuna being filleted
Attendees gets a Sushi "Go bag" if you know the owner.
Filling up the boat with ice!
See the fleet at the marina!
Responding to a capsized boat near the Skyway South Fishing Pier next to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Patrolling St. Petersburg’s waters.
USCG Sector St. Petersburg is one of the Coast Guard's largest commands.
MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from USCG Air Station Clearwater.
U.S. Coast Guard conducts counter narcotics operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Two tons of cocaine were discovered on Mr. Geo. The drug smuggling vessel was brought to a marina in St. Petersburg, Florida..
Visit the USCG Blackthorn memorial and pay your respects for the lives lost. Memorial is located at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge's North Rest Stop.
You can pan the skies for the Coast Guard Search and Rescue helicopters.
Southernmost point on St. Pete Beach.
Beach access on Pass-A-Grille's Beach, St. Pete Beach.
All the Gulf beaches have beach access areas.
The Gulf beaches are bike-able.
Yoga classes are offered on the beaches!
Rest and relaxation at the Loews Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach.
Umbrella decisions at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel!
Or you can bring your own umbrella and chair to any beach.
At most beaches, you can rent umbrellas or cabana.
Some take the beach very seriously!
Paddleboard on the Gulf's smooth glass-like waters.
Sometimes an offshore storm will kick up the surf.