This series of pictures are of the superstars of Micro Championship Wrestling (MCW) backstage before a show in Lakeland, Florida.
St. Pete Pride
A collection of pictures from the 2013 St. Pete Pride in St. Petersburg, Florida.
4th of July Celebration
A collection of pictures of the 2013 4th of July Celebration in Gulfport, Florida.
A Day in the Park
This series of pictures is part of an ongoing collection of moments from a typical day in Pinellas Park, Florida.
Pinellas Park is a city located in central Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Asbury Park Boardwalk
This series of pictures are from the Asbury Park Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ.. I spent my formative years along the Jersey Shore and caught the tail end of the boardwalk and Palace Amusements as a child.
The pictures were taken a number of years ago, and while doing research on the history of the Asbury Park Boardwalk I came across Palace Museum Online (http://www.palaceamusements.com/). The information on the site is very thorough and does an excellent job in preserving the history of Palace Amusements and the boardwalk through the years. The area has experienced an economic and cultural revival in the past decade or so, and while it no longer completely reflects the decaying area it once was, Bob Crane, who runs Palace Amusements dot com, has told me that, "In some ways, not a lot has changed. The City of Asbury Park and the developers still seem to be at each others throats, and as a result, waterfront redevelopment is proceeding at a crawl, if at all."
Proof of that appears to be in a return visit I took in the spring of 2013, with the Convention Hall being the only structure really doing anything moving forward on the boardwalk. The Convention Hall currently houses a photo gallery, coffee shop, and some other small businesses. Also of note, the Convention Hall and boardwalk were featured in, of course, Bruce Springsteen's videos for "Tunnel of Love" and "Lonesome Day", the second season finale of The Sopranos, and the movie The Wrestler. The biggest improvement being on Cookman Ave., with the renovation of a lot of the old stores into retail stores, galleries, eateries, and condos.