By Jan Tuckwood | Palm Beach Post
Guy Harvey is the Walt Disney of fish.
The artist/marine biologist/entrepreneur has put his name on a resort in St. Pete Beach — Guy Harvey’s Outpost — that’s really a mini-theme park for fish fans.
We had lunch at RumFish Grill, the restaurant at the resort. We came not for the food, which was just fine, but for the 33,500-gallon fish tank that fills the back wall of the place.
There’s so much sea life in this tank, we could barely take our eyes off it to sip our zesty rum cocktail, appropriately called “Fish Tanked.”
It seems every fishy thing but sharks is in this tank. (They had a shark in there once, our waitress, Kylie, explains — but it ate another fish right in front of some kids. Ouch. Nature is harsh sometimes.)
wice a day, there are even snorkelers in this tank, which was built by Harvey’s friends at Animal Planet.
That’s right, tourists can swim with Nemo.
Outpost has seven marine biologists on staff, Kylie reports, and they take care of the several fish tanks — plus lead small groups of swimmers into the big tank, where they can snorkel on the surface.
Don’t like water? Dress like you do by buying Guy-Harvey-branded clothes and hats at the store, where the employees are so cheerful, you’d swear they were trained by Disney, too.
Just want to see the fish? If you’re not dining, you can still enjoy the observation alcove on the side of the restaurant that surrounds you with water. There’s even water above your head! Look for the stingray.