Termites invade St. Pete's Sunken Gardens

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Sunken Gardens and surrounding businesses were tented and temporarily closed on June 4, 2013 after city officials reported a termite infestation.



St. Petersburg, Florida- If you take 4th Street North to drive through St. Pete, you may notice a large tent over the historic Sunken Gardens property. The tent went up Tuesday after city officials reported finding the property's 1920's-era, wood-structured buildings infested with dry wood termites.

The discovery was made May 16th and the city immediately put out a request for bid to get the building treated- reportedly costing the city approximately $21,000. 

Pics of the termite tent

Sunken Gardens, along with the Great Explorations Museum, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Cold Stone Creamery, will close through Wednesday June 5th. Sunken Gardens is scheduled to re-open Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise and the city's oldest living museum. The 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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