New Story: Seminole Club / Sweet Pete’s

How does the building that housed Florida’s longest-lasting good ol’ boys’ club become home to a candy maker?

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photo courtesy floridamemory.com

Partially by way of reality-TV. Theodore Roosevelt spoke from the front porch. “Bachelors’ quarters” kept prostitution covert for club members. Women weren’t admitted to the Seminole Club, nor allowed up from the first floor.

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Now Peter Behringer will use the 23,000 square-foot building to teach elementary school kids science through making candy. And maybe a future president will stop by.

The Seminole Club becomes Sweet Pete’s.

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