Pinellas fire destroys popular ‘Porpoise Pub’

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Fire destroyed a well known bar in Seminole early Monday morning. The Porpoise Pub has been a part of Pinellas County since the 1950’s.

At one time the location was known as an animal attraction. More recently, it has developed a reputation as a music venue and as a location that holds fund raisers for people in need in the community.

“It’s a Pinellas County landmark. This is sad, extremely sad”

“It’s a Pinellas County landmark. This is sad, extremely sad,” said Jessica Fortner who came to the bar to take a few last photos Monday afternoon. “It’s devastating, like my heart goes out to everybody affected by this,” said Fortner.porpoise2

Seminole Fire Rescue first responded to a 911 call when a passerby reported seeing fire coming out of the rear of the building. More than 50 firefighters from several departments responded to the fire.
High winds and hot embers became a problem as firefighters struggled to keep the flames from spreading to a nearby mobile home park.

“What’s really interesting about this place is, it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some people it’s childhood memories, for the current people it’s about the live music venue and the motorcycle rides and the charity events,” said landlord Mike Mogan.

For Kathleen Williams the loss is very personal. Her daughter suffers from a health condition. Bar Owner Lou Falco organized a fundraiser to help with her expenses.

“There is nobody else like him around here. I mean it’s him, it’s his staff, it’s Richard.They’re phenomenal here. They’ve been a good thing for us,” said Williams. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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