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flamingo0It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since the fabulous Flamingo Resort opened its doors in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida. That is because in a year they have done so much that they have become a staple in the bay community. From charity events, to theme parties to events 7 days a week, the Flamingo caters to your every wishes and is here to stay!

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flamingo2It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since the fabulous Flamingo Resort opened its doors in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida. That is because in a year they have done so much that they have become a staple in the bay community. From charity events, to theme parties to events 7 days a week, the Flamingo caters to your every wishes and is here to stay!

 

Their goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction at their luxury all gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender resort. They do this by offering non-stop entertainment, fine menu fare and fabulous poolside and resort accommodations. Their customers are their number one focus and they believe that their job is to create the atmosphere of your dreams where you can meet new friends, make new memories and have a fantastic time.

 

Serving lunch and dinner every day including tapas, appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and chef specials! They also feature free continental breakfast served Monday through Saturday for hotel guests. Their Sunday Brunch is only $12.95 and is served from 10 am to 2 pm and features an all you can eat buffet with drink specials.

 

flamingo3You will not want to miss the energy and incredible performances of their show cast. They are pleased to bring you the some of the best entertainment in the Tampa Bay area with show director Bobby York and cast members Coco Montrese, Iman and Alexis De La Mer.

 

They also feature a marketplace of shops and businesses on their property. Stroll along their courtyard by the pool and visit David Reynolds Jewelery, Studio Mares Art Studio and Full-Service Hair Salon, John Fullgraf Massage Therapy and the AIDS Services Association of Pinellas (ASAP). Also, please stop by their Flamingo Store located in their lobby where you can buy various Flamingo souvenirs such as T-Shirts, polo shirts, and novelty items .

 

Their Sunday T dance has already become an institution and is known worldwide. DJ “O” spins poolside from 3 to 9 pm with a show at 3 pm hosted by Alexis de la Mer. Then at 9 pm DJ “O” takes over the dance floor in the video room until 2 am with drag shows with the Flamingo Show cast at 10 pm and midnight and hot strippers in the Blu Room starting at 6 pm.

 

It was my pleasure to sit down with owner, Dave Baker, for a Hotspots exclusive interview.

 

1) How did the idea of the Flamingo Reflamingo4sort come about?

 

After the Suncoast Resort closed their doors, there was a real void in the gay community. The place where so many gathered with friends and celebrated life was gone. Friends were lost. This is why we opened the Flamingo. To give the GLBT community a clean, safe place to come and reunite with old friends or make new ones. A place where we all come and celebrate, have fun, and be entertained.

 

2) How long did it take you to find the property?

 

Initially, we were going to build a new resort from plans we had designed from the ground up. But right as we were to sign the deal, the property became available.

 

3) How did you come up with the name?

 

The concept is a style with light, cool colors, sleek lines and an old Miami or South Beach hotel. We felt the name Flamingo (and the color pink) gave a feel as an old Florida gay hotel from the Deco era.

 

flamingo54) How has the resort lived up to your initial concept?

 

Perfectly, everything has gone according to plan. We have exceeded our own expectations involving improvements to the property. We have just installed 10′ glass doors leading to the BLu Room and expect to be adding a leather/fetish bar in the near future.

 

flamingo65) In the first year what has been your favorite events?

 

We have themed events almost every other week. However the ones that stand out would be our Flamingoween Party, the Pink Party, Erotica and most recently Wet-n-Wild when we had huge inflatable water slides. Our guests really go all out and participate, which makes it fun and the events real successful.

 

6) What do you have planned for the future?

 

We want to keep adding more and bigger events. We want to entertain our guests beyond their expectations and make their stay comfortable. In addition, there is another bar planned and more retailers are expected to join our resort.

 

The Flamingo Resort will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary this weekend Friday, August 27th through Sunday, August 29th with a tremendous amount of surprises and special guest performers. I will personally be there on Sunday along with the Hotspots staff to celebrate with Dave and his staff. If you see us, please come over and say hi!

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