ST. PETERSBURG FLA. —Once called “God’s Waiting Room,” this water-front metropolis on the west side of Tampa Bay in recent years has shed its reputation as a place for the newly wed or newly dead and taken on a new identity as a booming mid-sized urban center surrounded by miles of waterfront parks. Now marketed as “Sunshine City” because of its 361 average days of sunshine, St. Pete hosts a new sprinkling of upscale high-rise condos, ...

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