Mini Lights, Midget Lights
The information I have on the urban legend of the "Midget" or "Mini Lights" was told to me from my masseuse, Josh. One day I was enjoying Josh's most wonderful massage and we were discussing strange occurrences in Saint Petersburg and this story just came out of nowhere. Josh told me that he used to hang out with his African American high school friends at the park while enjoying a few beers and social time. The story of the "Mini/Midget Lights" is mainly a local African American urban legend.
The legend states that there was an old woman who lived on 5th Ave S, just off of what is now 16th St S. She lived in a nice home and had either owned the land in front of her home or it belonged to the city. Either way, the land was eventually taken and a park was built. This did not sit with the old woman and that is when it all began.
This woman was known to be affiliated with the circus (Ringling???) and had two midgets living inside her home. It is said that at dusk she would send out these two midgets with bats to drive out the "trespassers" from the land she so loved. These midgets turned into two balls of light, thus the "Mini Lights" as the tale has been passed on through time.
Josh said that at dusk his friends would become agitated and the park would quickly empty. He swears they were all very serious and scared to death saying the "Mini Lights" will get you.
Josh took Vicky and I to the small bridge that covers a small creek in the park. This apparently was the only way to get out of the park and this was the prime area of attack by the mini lights. As we were on the bridge we encountered a man and Josh asked him if he had ever heard of the mini lights and explained it to him as he did not know. He just moved to the area.
This urban legend is a hit or miss. Some people who are familiar with this legend refuse to even talk about for fear of bringing the "Mini Lights" about. Almost like it is taboo to even mention them. I was amazed that someone even sent an email inquiring about this urban legend. I wish she would write more on what she knows. I am highly curious.
I see that this is listed at Boca Ciega, which is in Gulfport. I'm not sure what to make of this.
Update. the woman lived on what is now 7th Ave S. The park is Campbell Park.