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Ed Caldwell, owner of the Dickens House Bed and Breakfast at 335 8th Ave NE St. Petersburg, works in the kitchen. He bought the 1912 Arts and Crafts home in 1995, restored it and had his business for many years.  Bed and breakfasts around St. Pete are closing down because of competition from AirBnB. Dickens House is closing as soon as the house sells.
[LARA CERRI   |   Times]

Bed-and-breakfast owners closing their doors blame Airbnb, local government

ST. PETERSBURG — Mornings at the Dickens House revolve around a large, tiger oak table. Guests at the St. Petersburg bed and breakfast plop down around it each morning to nibble on fresh fruit and pastries before innkeeper Ed Caldwell sets down a plate of egg-white frittata or blueberry pancakes. He had the table c …