The posh Fenway Hotel opened in the midst of Florida's first boom time, on Dec. 10, 1925. Interestingly, it was the site of Pinellas County's first radio transmission: One of the principal shareholders, George H. Bowles, happened to be a promoter of the "new-fangled gizmo." Diplomats, artists and other celebrities such as Clarence Darrow, Carl Sandburg and Babe Ruth were among the hotel's famous guests.
Today, the Fenway sits empty, a victim of difficult economic times. While some wish to raze the building to make way for a housing development, a preservation effort is under way seeking to restore the hotel to its former glory. Considering Dunedin's strong links to its past, renovating and restoring the beautiful building to attract future tourists would seem the prudent choice.