I'm working the 15th...but will attend events as shift schedule permits...if it does.
I also like the idea of more events down the road, including barbeques. It'd be fun to get to know more people in the area!
There are certainly other hotels in the area, with a wide variety of prices. The zip code 33701 is certainly in the downtown area if you wanted to search for other hotel options as well.
I actually haven't stayed at any of the hotels in St Pete, so I can't personally vouch for them. However, I do recall America's Best Inn being right in the neighborhood of where we'll be meeting.
There may be others on this thread with more familiarity than me on hotels to recommend. If so, I would ask that they provide their thoughts as well.
It does look to be a fun event, Mary. I'm glad that you'll be able to join us!