Opening in 1924, the Soreno Hotel was the first of ten major hotels in St. Petersburg that was constructed in the 1920s. The million dollar Mediterranean style resort hotel was designed by Geoffrey Lloyd Preacher for investor Soren Lund. During the Second World War, this hotel was used to house servicemen stationed in the area. The hotel faced increasing competition by newer hotels and resorts and closed in the 1980s. For varying reasons, the building was demolished despite the efforts of preservationists in 1992. The demolition of the hotel was used to film action scenes for the movie Lethal Weapon 3, which featured Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Later, the hotel was replaced by the Florencia Condominiums.