C. Perry Snell 1869 – 1942

The enigmatic man who developed much of northeast St. Petersburg is C. Perry Snell, namesake of the area where we live. He first came to St. Petersburg in 1899 on his honeymoon with wife, Lillian Allen. Within two weeks, he made his first investment. Using money from Lillian’s inheritance, he bought the block between First and Second Avenues NE and between Beach Drive and First Street. Five years later, they moved here from Kentucky.

He went into business with three other local men to invest in and develop property. He had an interest in civic affairs and along with C. L. Straub’s vision for a beautiful waterfront, helped preserve all of the land between downtown and Coffee Pot Bayou.

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About Snell Isle

image Snell Isle is home to the historic The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, one of the Nation's premier golf courses.
image Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents. Over 80% of the homes on Snell Isle enjoy waterfront views.
image In 1920, local developer C. Perry Snell began construction on what was originally, a muddy mangrove island.

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