St. Petersburg flourished, once its railroad came, by luring white-collar refugees from the cruel winters and high taxes in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. It is one of those cities, like Des Moines, that were shaped by newspaper editors with a determination to lead. They, too, came from the Midwest: W. L. Straub, who stopped the industrialization of the waterfront, preserving it for tourism, and his successor at The St. Petersburg Times, Nelson Poynter, who campaigned hard for good government and civil rights.
The search by the way was "tampa bay" AND "final four." More R.W. Apple.