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Palm Aire Motel
St. Petersburg, FL
Photo and info courtesy Steve/Back on Tack

Two great looking motel marquees (Palm Aire and Sandman) can be spotted along 34th Street N. in St. Petersburg, FL. Author Jack Kerouac spent his last years in a home not far from these motels with his wife and mother. His life "on the road" ended here in 1969 with an abdominal hemorrhage in large part due to his alcoholism.

The Palm Aire features various shapes and sizes on its sign, typically of the googie era.

 

 

Sun-n-Sand Motel
Perry, FL
Photo and info courtesy Steve/Back on Tack

One of the most visible motel marquee around is a large yellow boomerang pointing you into the parking lot of the Sun-n-Sand Motel. Ironically, there is no sand in the area.

 

 

Clayton's Motor Inn
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

The Siesta Motel is one of the vintage motel marquees sporting a diver/swimmer on the sign itself.

 

 

Blue Waters Motel
Florida Keys, FL
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Check out this marquee for the Blue Waters Motel, located in the Florida Keys.

 

 

Trails End
Treasure Island, FL
Photo and info courtesy Steve/Back on Tack

This is probably one of the simplest designs of a motel along the beach area of St. Petersburg's coast. This one is called the Trails End. It also has one of the best names. With the palm tree and script lettering it has all the elements of an old Florida postcard.

 

 

The Surf
Treasure Island, FL
Photo and info courtesy Steve/Back on Tack

The Surf Motel is located just a few steps from the beach in Treasure Island, Florida. Across the street is The Swashbuckler. It is comprised of two buildings. Check out the entrance building, which has a real neat white bar detail.

 

 

Bilmar
Treasure Island, FL
Photo and info courtesy Steve/Back on Tack

The Bilmar shadows all the smaller motels. It is located in the heart of Treasure Island. The building shown is only part of several smaller buildings that make up the place. This is the kind of art deco building that Miami gets all the credit for having.

 

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