Monthly Archives: November 2011

Higher Education

college students

Along with the campuses of many nationally known trade schools and technical colleges like DeVry University and ITT, Tampa is also home one of the state university system’s member institutions as well as one of the state college system’s schools. From aeronautics to law, students of every age and interest can find a program that meets their needs.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  |  (813) 828-3772
With locations in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz., Embry-Riddle is one of the aviation and aerospace industry’s preeminent educational institutions. Since 1970, it has operated several Worldwide Campus locations, including one in Tampa. Located at MacDill Air Force Base, Embry-Riddle Tampa offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a variety of certifications. For those looking to further their military career, a degree from Embry-Riddle can help achieve officer status, or can help retired or active members reenter the work force. Military spouses can also enroll in the university’s programs.

Everest University  |  (888) 223-8556
In operation since 1890, Everest University-Tampa has the distinction of being the state’s oldest continuously operating business college. Students have a wide range of degree and program options, with Everest offering associate’s master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Degrees in accounting, criminal justice, medical insurance coding and business administration can be earned at the Tampa campus, online or a through a combination of both. The school also offers career planning, interview preparation and an extensive job search database to its students.

Hillsborough Community College  |  (813) 253-7000
Founded in 1968, Hillsborough is the second-youngest community college within the state’s community college system. Another distinguishing characteristic is that HCC boasts a residence hall—one of the few community colleges to offer students the option to live on campus. The programs options range from arts and science to technical and health science programs. With more than 43,000 students, HCC ranks high, both statewide and nationally, in the total number of associate degrees earned. Its prestigious Honors Institute helps top students transfer to four-year institutions like Columbia University, Yale and Boston College.

Jersey College Nursing School at Tampa  |  (813) 246-5111
Since 2003, the Jersey College Nursing School has been educating highly skilled nurses who serve in hospitals and other medical facilities across the country. While it began in New Jersey, the college and its programs have found strong support in the Tampa community as well as other cities in Florida. The college has accreditation from both the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. Students can pursue either a practical nursing (also known as LPN) or professional nursing (RN) degrees. The curricula were designed to include both clinical and theoretical components, which helps graduates seamlessly enter the profession.

Keiser University  |  (813) 885-4900
Small classes and knowledgeable faculty are just two of the benefits of a Keiser education, whose main campus is in Fort Lauderdale. Another unique feature is the fact that students take just one class at a time during their enrollment. By focusing on a single four-week class at a time, students can earn their degree with the minimum amount of stress. With many associates, bachelor’s and graduate degrees to choose from, students are prepared for a variety of careers. Culinary arts, nursing, video game design, business administration, elementary education and many other programs make Keiser a worthwhile investment.

Nova Southeastern University  |  (813) 574-5200
For 50 years, Nova Southeastern University has been awarding degrees in a wide range of professional fields. This not-for-profit independent institution enrolls approximately 26,000 students each year and is one of only 37 universities in the country to have earned the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes effective collaborations between institutions and the larger communities in which they exist. The conveniently located Tampa campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, speech-language pathology, education, nursing and a host of other programs.

Rasmussen College  |  (813) 246-7600
While the needs of the business community have changed drastically since the founding of the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in St. Paul, Minn., in 1900, the college’s mission of meeting those needs has not. It added campuses, including the Tampa location, and increased its degree offerings to keep up with job placement demand, especially in the field of accounting. The investment has paid off: More than 14,000 students each year take advantage of its online learning opportunities. The Tampa/Brandon campus has earned accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, so students know they are getting a quality education close to home.

Remington College  |  (800) 560-6192
Remington College has helped students in 19 cities to build the skills they need to secure jobs in their chosen field. The Tampa campus offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, computer and network administration, cosmetology, dental and medical assisting and personal training. The school also has strong ties to the community and helps students gain hands-on experience by assisting the Red Cross and other medical organizations run blood drives and health fairs. Information technology students also help local businesses by refurbishing equipment.

South University, Tampa  |  (813) 393-3800
Founded in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Ga., South University has a proud history of academic excellence. It has grown from a two-year college to a four-year university while also expanding its locations and programs. The Tampa campus opened in 2006, offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing and health sciences. In 2007, the campus added an RN to BSN degree completion program. Students can take advantage of all that the city has to offer, as the campus is located just five minutes from downtown.

Stetson University College of Law  |  (727) 562-7800
The main campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg was Florida’s first law school when it was founded more than 100 years ago, and it has been ranked No. 1 in trial advocacy and No. 6 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. The satellite center in Tampa is one of the few law schools that shares space with a working court, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. Fully accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, Stetson was also the first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by both its students and faculty. 

Thomas M. Cooley Law School  |  (813) 419-5100, ext. 5102
With an alumni list that includes current and former state senators and attorneys general, Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School is a name well-known and respected in the legal profession. Fortunately, as the only campus outside of Michigan, Tampa residents also have access to an outstanding legal education. The only state that boasts more Cooley resident graduates than Florida is the school’s home state of Michigan. The state-of-the-art 132,000-square-foot campus is conveniently located near I-75 and it has 24 classrooms, a computer lab, library, trial courtroom and a 96-seat appellate level courtroom.

University of South Florida  |  (813) 974-2011
Serving nearly 48,000 students in more than 240 degree programs, the University of South Florida is one of the state’s preeminent public research institutions. The school’s main Tampa campus, which was established in 1956, includes USF Health and the College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. It is one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the country and is annually awarded more than $400 million in research awards. More than 5,600 students live on campus in the school’s 34 residence halls. USF graduates have gone on to hold positions at firms as diverse as SeaWorld, FedEx and Google.

The University of Tampa  |  (813) 253-3333
This private, co-ed university was founded in 1931 as a junior college. In 1933, the school relocated into a historic hotel and changed its name to The University of Tampa. Now one of the region’s best private universities, UT boasts an annual economic impact of about $750 million. UT offers its student population of around 7,700, including students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, degrees in more than 150 programs of study. In 2010, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit the campus.

Private Schools

Private Schools

For those who seek out a private education for their children, Tampa provides many options. Families should be able to find a private school nearby no matter
where they live in Tampa, and that is helpful since it cuts down on time spent driving children to and from school. Below is a list of some of the private schools in the Tampa area.

Academy of the Holy Names
www.holynamestpa.org
(813)839-5371

All Nations Academy
www.allnationschristianacademy.org
(203) 467-6083

American Youth Academy
www.ayatampa.com
(813)987-9282

Cambridge Christian School
www.cambridge-christian.com
(813) 872-6744

Faith Outreach Center
www.faithoutreachcenter.org
(813)887-5546

Florida College Academy
www.floridacollegeacademy.net
(813)899-6800
Independent Day School Tampa
www.idsyes.com
(813)961-3087

Jesuit High School
www.jesuittampa.org
(813)877-5344
Mary Help of Christians
www.maryhelptampa.com
(813)626-6191

Saint John Greek Orthodox Day School
www.stjohngreekorthodox.com
(813)876-4569

Tampa Baptist Academy
tampabaptistacademy.org
(813)238-3229
Tampa Christian Community School
www.tampaccs.org
(813) 872-8227

Tampa Preparatory School
www.tampaprep.org
(813) 251-8481

The Paideia School of Tampa Bay
www.thepaideiaschool.org
(813) 988-7700

Public Schools

Public Schools

Education can be a major factor when considering where to move. The Tampa area provides many different schools in each county that are committed to giving children a
quality education. Below is a list of the contact information for the school districts of major counties in the Tampa area. The county education sites provide a list of the schools in each county, as well as an abundance of pertinent information about the school district.

Hillsborough County
www.sdhc.k12.fl.us
(813) 272-4000

Pasco County
www.pasco.k12.fl.us
(813) 794-2000

Pinellas County
www.pcsb.org
(727) 588-6000

Polk County
www.polk-fl.net
(863) 534-0500

Polk County

As the geographic center of Florida, Polk County is strategically located on the I-4 Corridor just 25 miles east of the City of Tampa. Despite its abundant transportation connections, Polk County has the largest amount of farmland in the state and 554 natural freshwater lakes.

Auburndale
www.auburndalefl.com
(863) 965-5506

Auburndale is located in the Central Florida Highlands and contains both flatlands and gently rolling hills. The city was founded in the late 1800s by Frank Fuller, who was looking to escape from the cold northeast winters. Auburndale is now home to over 12,000 people and remains proud of its strong spirit of community.

Bartow
www.cityofbartow.net
(863) 534-0100

Bartow was named after Confederate General Francis Bartow in 1867, the first confederate officer to die in the Civil War. Unlike many cities in Florida, Bartow has retained its southern heritage. The city has also been a breeding ground for great U.S. political and military leaders over the past century. Because of the city’s proximity to Lightning Alley, summers have frequent thunderstorms. In the 1990s, a large amount of cultivated land went on the market due to the processing of phosphates. In 2009, plans were approved to develop over 11,000 new homes, several schools, and a million square feet of commercial space.

Davenport
www.mydavenport.org
(863) 419-3300

Davenport was originally a military fort, established in the 1800s. Today, the city has less than 2,000 people and is proud of its small town warmth and charm. Located in the center of Florida, Davenport is surrounded by flatland and gently rolling hills.

Dundee
www.townofdundee.com
(863) 419-3100

Dundee is a humid, tropical town in south central Florida. Located near many tourist attractions, Dundee welcomes visitors in the area to come and experience the town’s friendly atmosphere and laid back approach to life. Dundee is centrally located on the Florida panhandle, with the East and West Coast within a 90 minute drive in either direction.

Eagle Lake
www.eaglelake-fla.com
(863) 293-4141

Named for an eagle who resided in the area, Eagle Lake became home to John Bingham in 1880, when he purchased 160 acres of Florida land. With a slogan of “growing with people in mind,” Eagle Lake has retained its hometown feel. The terrain is flatlands interrupted by gently rolling hills.

Fort Meade
www.cityoffortmeade.com
(863) 285-1100

Fort Meade dates back to the middle 1800s, when a settlement was formed around a U.S. Calvary fort. Fort Meade is the oldest city in Polk County and has over 300 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy fishing, hunting, bicycling, or walking the nature trails in the many parks located throughout the city. Area attractions also include Legoland, and a 10,000 acre resort that is set to open in the fall of 2013.

Frostproof
www.frostproof.net
(863) 635-7855

Settled as Fort Clinch in 1850 but quickly abandoned, Frostproof began to be settled in the 1880s by homesteaders drawn to the area by the abundance of game and fish. The city’s name was created as a deception to convince prospective landowners that their potential citrus crops would be safe from frost. Unfortunately, the city succumbed to a terrible frost a few years later which destroyed most citrus crops. Frostprooof is in proximity to Lake Clinch and Lake Reedy with a humid subtropical climate.

Haines City
www.ci.haines-city.fl.us
(863) 421-3600

Originally settled by citrus farmers and known as “Clay Cut,” Haines City was later renamed to honor Colonel Henry Haines, a senior railroad official, in exchange for a railroad station. Home to a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Haines City has a history of being a fun place to be. Because of its easy access to Orlando, there has been rapid residential growth in recent years. Unfortunately, Haines City has been hit with several recent hurricanes, which is unusual for a city so far inland.

Highland Park
www.highlandpark-fl.org
(863) 455-6518

Located in central Florida, Highland Park is a small village with less than 300 residents. The community has a friendly atmosphere and beautiful landscape, containing 2 lakes and 3,000 acres of land.

Hillcrest Heights
www.townofhillcrestheights.com
(863) 638-2732

Located in Central Florida, Hillcrest Heights is a neighborly town nestled near 2 lakes. Hillcrest Heights is one of Florida’s smallest towns, with less than 300 residents and a land area of 107 acres.

Lake Alfred
www.mylakealfred.com
(863) 291-5270

Soon after the South Florida Railroad reached Central Florida in the late 1800s, Lake Alfred was founded by settlers escaping the colds of Fargo, ND. Since 1917, it has been home to a citrus research and development center, which is part of the University of Florida. Lake Alfred contains over 172 acres of land and park facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Lake Hamilton
www.townoflakehamilton.com
(863) 439-1910

Located near a beautiful lake with the same name, Lake Hamilton is a small town with approximately 1,400 residents. It is situated in the humid subtropical zone of Central Florida.

Lake Wales
www.cityoflakewales.com
(863) 678-4182

The city was established in 1911 near the beautiful Lake Wales. Located among rolling hills on the highest elevated ground in Central Florida, it is also situated in nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. Lake Wales is a major citrus producer and is home to Bok Tower Gardens – a botanical garden and bird sanctuary established in the early 1900s. Considered one of the “friendliest small towns in Florida,” Lake Wales is also home to one of Florida’s most unique roadside attractions, a “gravity hill” called Spook Hill. This attraction is an optical illusion that makes a car parked in neutral appear to be driving uphill.

Lakeland
www.lakelandgov.net
(863) 834-6000

Abraham Munn purchased 80 acres of land to create a town as the railroad expanded into the area. Because the Florida peninsula was instrumental in the Spanish-American War, Lakeland began to see an influx of residents – first soldiers and then civilians, as a building boom took off. The boom didn’t last and it took a while for the city to recover. Lakeland was also instrumental in World War II with British airmen learning to fly at Lodwich airfield.

Lakeland was named for its many lakes – 38 to be exact. Lakeland’s main employers are Publix, Fedex, GEICO and Rooms To Go.

Mulberry
www.cityofmulberryfl.com
(863) 425-1125

Named for the mulberry tree at the railroad stop that became the place to meet, Mulberry is still a great place to “get off the train” and stop for a while. Mulberry is located in one of the fastest growing parts of the country. The primary industry is phosphate mining, but Mulberry is a great place to start a business or settle down in the friendly little community.

Polk City
www.mypolkcity.org
(863) 984-1375

While traveling through the area in 1922, Isaac Van Horn, an investor and land developer, realized the beauty of the area and envisioned a city. After creating Haines City and bringing oil rigs to the area, Van Horn saw the need for another city closer to the drilling sites. Polk City was incorporated in 1925, but the city was almost decimated when Van Horn pulled his oil drilling endeavor, and then also by the Great Depression. Today the population is approximately 1,500 but despite it being a small town, there are many events for all ages that take place throughout the year.

Winter Haven
www.mywinterhaven.com
(863) 291-5623

Winter Haven, located in Central Florida, derived its name in the early 1900s from the many people who chose to spend their winters in its warm subtropical climate. Visitors from all over the nation were attracted to the area when Cypress Gardens, a botanical garden and theme park, opened in 1936. It remained open until 2009. Two years later Legoland opened its doors in the same location.

Winter Haven has been nicknamed “The Chain of Lakes City,” as 24 of its 45 lakes can be navigated through a system of canals. It is a haven for water skiers.

County Seat
Bartow

County Population
602,095

Median Home Price
$139,800

Municipalities
Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven.

POLK COUNTY OFFICES

Main Contact Information
www.polk-county.net
(863) 534-6000

Animal Control
(863) 499-2600

County Tax Collector
Joe G. Tedder
1-863-534-4700

County Extension Office
(863) 519-8677

Planning and Zoning
(863) 984-1375

Sheriff’s Office
(863) 298-6200

Municipalities

Auburndale
www.auburndalefl.com
(863) 965-5506

Bartow
www.cityofbartow.net
(863) 534-0100

Davenport
www.mydavenport.org
863) 419-3300

Dundee
www.townofdundee.com
(863) 419-3100

Eagle Lake
www.eaglelake-fla.com
(863) 293-4141

Fort Meade
www.cityoffortmeade.com
(863) 285-1100

Frostproof
www.frostproof.net
(863) 635-7855

Haines City
www.ci.haines-city.fl.us
(863) 421-3600

Highland Park
www.highlandpark-fl.org
(863) 455-6518

Hillcrest Heights
www.townofhillcrestheights.com
(863) 638-2732

Lake Alfred
www.mylakealfred.com
(863) 291-5270

Lake Hamilton
www.townoflakehamilton.com
(863) 439-1910

Lake Wales
www.cityoflakewales.com
(863) 678-4182

Lakeland
www.lakelandgov.net
(863) 834-6000

Mulberry
www.cityofmulberryfl.com
(863) 425-1125

Polk City
www.mypolkcity.org
(863) 984-1375

Winter Haven
www.mywinterhaven.com
(863) 291-5623

Electricity

Lakeland Electric
www.lakelandelectric.com
(863) 834-6300

Tampa Electric
www.tampaelectric.com
(863) 299-0800

Gas Companies

Central Florida Gas
www.cfgas.com
(863) 293-2125

Heritage Propane
www.heritagepropane.com
(863) 665-6016

Water and Sewer
(863) 298-4100

Recycling
www.polk-county.net
(863) 284-4319

Cable Television

Bright House Network
www.brighthouse.com
(863) 965-7766

Comcast Spotlight
www.comcastspotlight.com
(877) 558-6885

Telephone
AT&T
www.att.com
(863) 292-2185

EDUCATION

Public Schools
www.polk-fl.net
(863) 534-0500

HOSPITALS

Haines City Hospital
www.heartofflorida.com
(863) 422-4971

Lakeland Regional Medical Center
www.lrmc.com
(863) 687-1100

Winter Haven Hospital
www.winterhavenhospital.org
(863) 293-1121

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES

Polk County Library Cooperative
www.mypclc.org

NEWSPAPERS

The Ledger
www.theledger.com

Pinellas County

Located on a 39-mile long peninsula and caressed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Pinellas County has 35 miles of white sandy beaches bathed in sunshine on an average of 361 days a year. The year round average temperature of 71 degrees lets residents make the most of the county’s 30 parks, 50-plus golf courses and 587 miles of coastland.

Belleair
www.townofbelleair.com
(727) 588-3769

A small city of approximately 4,000 residents, Bellaire is located on the coast of Florida. It is bordered on its west by Clearwater Bay and the beautiful barrier islands that are home to some of the best beaches in the state. The city was thriving at the the turn of the 20th century; however, the plans the residents had for major development never came to fruition due to the Depression. The roads began to gather dust and weeds and the beautiful Belleview Biltmore Hotel was used as a training camp for the Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1944, land was donated to create the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, which is still in operation today. The town began to re-develop and grow considerably throughout the next 3 decades. As the land was expanded and built upon, specific areas were put aside to make the beautiful park and path system which is still enjoyed by its residents today.

Belleair Beach
www.cityofbelleairbeach.com
(727) 595-4646

Chartered in 1950, Bellaire Beach is a small, upscale residential community located on a barrier island off the west coast of Florida. There is a total area of 1.7 square miles, with water comprising 1.1 square miles. With 4,500 feet of the Gulf Coast’s beautiful white, sandy beaches, and mild, Florida winters, Bellaire Beach attracts visitors throughout the year.

Belleair Bluffs
www.belleairbluffs.org
(727) 584-2151

Bellaire Bluffs is a small city on the Florida coast, with a total area of 0.6 square miles. The city began in 1963 and now has reached almost full capacity with 2,200 residents. A Tree Lighting and carol sing were held at the Town Hall for the community’s first Christmas; both remain an annual tradition to this day.

Clearwater
www.clearwater-fl.com
(727) 562-4040

Clearwater is one of the three principal cities in the Tampa Bay Area and is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The first passenger railway line was built to the city in 1888. The railway spurred the development of Clearwater, bringing many visitors every winter. Clearwater continues to attract visitors to the area with its warm winters and beautiful beaches and is also the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dunedin
www.dunedingov.com

Due to its location on the west coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, Dunedin is home to several of the world’s top rated beaches. Dunedin was settled by Scottish families in the 19th century and still holds true to its roots today with many of the residents being members of the Pipe and Drum Corp. The Dunedin Highland Games, as well as the city’s own special Mardis Gras celebration and various other annual festivals, attract thousands of visitors to the area each year. Bicyclists are often seen riding through the quaint downtown on the Pinellas Trail – a 39 mile bike and pedestrian trail which runs throughout Pinellas County. Dunedin is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gulfport
www.mygulfport.us
(727) 893-1000

Gulfport is a beautiful beach city that attracts many artists with its gorgeous scenery and tropical lighting. Twice a month an “Art Walk” takes place outdoors and attracts locals and tourists alike. Many other festivals and activities take place throughout the year, including an outdoor open air market that is open every week. The city houses many art galleries, a performing arts center, and a ballroom, with dance events taking place 5 days a week. Gulfport is home to beautiful parks and a nature preserve. A trolley system transports travelers throughout the city at no cost. Gulfport is also known for its delicious cuisine and dining experiences.

Indian Rocks Beach
www.indian-rocks-beach.com
(727) 595-2517

Indian Rocks Beach is a small city of 5,000 people located on a beautiful barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway. Its major industry is tourism. Visitors are attracted to its beautiful parks and beaches and the relaxing atmosphere of its nature preserve. Unlike many other cities in the area, Indian Rocks Beach offers free beach access parking. Many community events take place throughout year including a tree lighting and holiday parade in December and a Beauty and the Beach festival in the spring.

Indian Shores
www.myindianshores.com
(727) 595-4020

Indian Shores is a small island town with a population of approximately 1,700. The island has been a vacation area since the late 1800s. Visitors were originally transported to the island via ferry until a bridge was built in the early 1900s. Today the town remains proud of its beautiful parks located on the Intercoastal Waterway, its access to the white, sandy Gulf beaches, and its small town charm.

Kenneth City
www.kennethcityfl.com
(727) 498-8948

Founded in 1957, Kenneth City was established as a tax-free community of single family homes. The founder of the town, Sidney Colen, built the nation’s first condominium in 1959. Kenneth City has a current population of 4,400. Visitors will enjoy the warm winter weather and the beautiful 7 lakes in the city.

Largo
www.largo.com

Largo, nicknamed “The City of Progress,” is part of the the Tampa Bay Area. Incorporated in 1905, Largo was called “Citrus City” because of its large production and exportation of citrus fruit throughout the nation for many years. After World War II, the agricultural production decreased and the residential population increased. Largo began with less than 1 square mile of land and is now over 17 square miles, with over 75,000 residents. Largo touches the Intracoastal Waterway in the southwest and Tampa Bay in the northeast. Visitors will enjoy the city’s many lakes and over 600 acres of park land, as well as its proximity to the beach, aquariums, botanical gardens, and the zoo.

Madeira Beach
www.madeirabeachfl.gov
(727) 391-9951

Maderia Beach is a small residential community that has been called “two miles long and a smile wide.” Many of the residents are retired; those that work are employed in other cities due to there being a negligible amount of industry or service business in the city.

North Redington Beach
www.townofnorthredingtonbeach.com
(727) 391-4848

Since its incorporation in 1953, North Redington Beach has grown to be one of the most desirable places to live in the Suncoast beach area. Most of the homes are on the water of Boca Ciega Bay, but there are also condos and apartments available, as well as hotels for vacationers.

Oldsmar
www.myoldsmar.com

Oldsmar was named after and created in 1913 by Ransom Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile. With 14,000 residents, Oldsmar still has small town charm but has much to offer visitors. Over 40 percent of the city has been allocated for parks and preserves, providing many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Pinellas Park
www.pinellas-park.com
(727) 541-0700

Philadelphia publisher F.A. Davis founded Pinellas Park in the early 1900s when he purchased 12,800 acres of land that became the city. Many community events take place in the municipal owned bandshell behind City Hall. Every 3rd Saturday in March the most popular event is held: the Country in the Park festival, as well as a Pride in the Park gathering and a firefighters’ chili cook off. Admittance to the fair and the event concerts is free.

Redington Beach
www.townofredingtonbeach.com
(727) 391-3875

Redington Beach is a small community with approximately 1,500 residents. The town values its residents’ privacy and time at home and has passed a law preventing door-to-door soliciting in Redington Beach. Because beach parking is restricted, residents can procure a free beach pass from the town hall.

Redington Shores
www.townofredingtonshores.com
(727) 397-5538

Just a short drive to beaches, fishing, Tampa International Airport and a host of entertainment opportunities, Redington Shores is a beautiful place to visit or settle down.

Safety Harbor
www.cityofsafetyharbor.com
(727) 724-1555

Despite a population density on par with a big city, Safety Harbor maintains a small town feel. The city was originally homesteaded by Odette Philippe who is credited for bringing the grapefruit to Florida. Safety Harbor derives its name from being a safe harbor from pirates in the 18th century.

Saint Pete Beach
www.stpetebeach.org
(727) 367-2735

Incorporated in 1957, Saint Pete Beach is a hotspot for tourism. Formerly St. Petersburg Beach, the name was shortened in 1994 to avoid confusion with the City of St. Petersburg a few miles away. The city occupies all of Long Key island. There are three bridges connecting the city to its neighbors.

St. Petersburg
www.ci.saint-petersburg.fl.us
(727) 893-7111

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg is a vacation spot for tourists from across America and around the world. Nicknamed “The Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg boasts an average of 360 sunny days each year. Residents and visitors alike are attracted to all that St. Petersburg has to offer including museums, aquariums, and sightseeing boat tours; as well as its notable art community and beautiful Gulf beaches. Nature lovers will enjoy the city’s 125 parks located on over 2,500 acres of land. Sports enthusiasts can take in a game played by one of the city’s many professional sports team.

Seminole
www.myseminole.com
(727) 391-0204

The city of Seminole was officially established in 1970. It is now home to a little over 19,000 people. With a warm climate throughout the year, as well as several parks, an aquatic center, a recreation complex, and many annual festivals, Seminole is a city the locals are proud to call home.

South Pasadena
www.ci.south-pasadena.fl.us
(727) 347-4171

South Pasadena is a small, quiet community located near the Gulf of Mexico. Within a short drive, you can enjoy everything the surrounding cities have to offer – gorgeous beaches, sports events, unique dining, museums and aquariums, as well as beautiful parks and nature reserves.

Tarpon Springs
www.ctsfl.us
(727) 938-3711

Tarpon Springs is a small, friendly city, located on Florida’s west coast. In the early 1900s it was a major city for sponge diving and harvesting. Some sponge harvesting continues to take place today, but the old sponge docks and warehouses have been converted into museums and shops. Tarpon Springs attracts tourists with its unique shops, markets, car shows, parades, and beach concerts. It is also home to America’s largest Greek-American community and offers delicious authentic cuisine at its many Greek restaurants.

Treasure Island
www.mytreasureisland.org
(727) 547-4575

Treasure Island is a small city located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay. The city’s first hotel was built in 1915, but it wasn’t until after World War II that there was rapid growth in residential and hotel properties as many people came to the area as either visitors or permanent residents. Home to a multitude of parks, tropical flowers, and beautiful birds, the nearby waters of the island also house much ocean life, including dolphins and manatees. The city holds many events throughout the year, including an annual Christmas parade and tree lighting.

County Seat
Clearwater

County Population
916,542

Median Home Price
$188,500

Municipalities
Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, Saint Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island.

PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICES

Main Contact Information
www.pinellascounty.org
(727) 464-3000

Animal Control
(727) 582-2600

County Tax Collector
Diane Nelson
(727) 464-7777

County Extension Office
(727) 582-2100

Planning and Zoning
(727) 464-8200

Sheriff’s Office
(727) 582-6200

Municipalities

Belleair
www.townofbelleair.com
(727) 588-3769

Belleair Beach
www.cityofbelleairbeach.com
(727) 595-4646

Belleair Bluffs
www.belleairbluffs.org
(727) 584-2151

Clearwater
www.clearwater-fl.com
(727) 562-4040

Dunedin
www.dunedingov.com
Gulfport
www.mygulfport.us
(727) 893-1000

Indian Rocks Beach
www.indian-rocks-beach.com
(727) 595-2517

Indian Shores
www.myindianshores.com
(7270 595-4020

Kenneth City
www.kennethcityfl.com
(727) 498-8948

Largo
www.largo.com

Madeira Beach
www.madeirabeachfl.gov
(727) 391-9951

North Redington Beach
www.townofnorthredingtonbeach.com
(727) 391-4848

Oldsmar
www.myoldsmar.com
(813) 749-1100

Pinellas Park
www.pinellas-park.com
(727) 541-0700

Redington Beach
www.townofredingtonbeach.com
(727) 391-3875

Redington Shores
www.townofredingtonshores.com
(727) 397-5538

Safety Harbor
www.cityofsafetyharbor.com
(727) 724-1555

Saint Pete Beach
www.stpetebeach.org
(727) 367-2735

St. Petersburg
www.ci.saint-petersburg.fl.us
(727) 893-7111

Seminole
www.myseminole.com
(727) 391-0204

South Pasadena
www.ci.south-pasadena.fl.us
(727) 347-4171

Tarpon Springs
www.ctsfl.us
(727) 938-3711

Treasure Island
www.mytreasureisland.org
(727) 547-4575

Electricity

APG Electric Inc.
www.apgelectric.com
(727) 530-0077

Progress Energy Florida Inc.
www.progressenergy.com
(727) 443-2641

Gas Companies

Ameri Gas
www.amerigas.com
(727) 539-7099

Ferrell Gas
www.ferrellgas.com
(727) 544-1416

Water and Sewer
www.pinellascounty.org
(727) 464-3000

Recycling
www.pinellascounty.org
(727) 464-7500

Cable Television

Bright House Networks
www.brighthouse.com
(727) 797-1818

Telephone

AT&T
www.att.com
(727) 584-3220

EDUCATION

Public Schools
www.pcsb.org
(727) 588-6000

HOSPITALS

Palms of Pasadena Hospital
www.palmspasadena.com
(800) 667-4576

Northside Hospital
www.northside.com
(727) 521-4411

St. Petersburg General Hospital
www.stpetegeneral.com
(727) 384-1414

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES

Pinellas County Library System
www.pinellascounty.org
(727) 464-3000

NEWSPAPERS

St. Petersburg Times
www.tampabay.com

Pasco County

At the southern tip of the Nature Coast lies Pasco County. Abundant in unspoiled natural features and coupled with an “off the beaten path” outlook, it’s an attractive choice for those looking for a relaxed approach to living and the natural world around them. The varied landscape of Pasco County includes winding rivers, undisturbed wetlands, pine flatwoods, natural springs, a pristine Gulf shoreline and moss-draped oaks.

Dade City
www.dadecityfl.com
(352) 523-5050

Minutes from the Tampa airport, Dade City is a small, unique city on the West Coast of Florida. Its quaint downtown is home to many annual festivals. Visitors are attracted to the rolling hills, lakes, and views, as well as the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. For over 35 years the museum has informed visitors of the pioneer life of Central Florida and hosts many activities and shows throughout the year.

New Port Richey
www.cityofnewportrichey.org
(727) 853-1016

Since the early 1900s New Port Richey has been marketed as an excellent place to retire. Due to many film stars vacationing there in the early 1920s, New Port Richey almost became home to a Hollywood film studio until the Depression hit the area hard and celebrities packed up and left.

4.6 Square Miles
Population: 26,000

Port Richey
www.copr.net
(727) 816-1900

Port Richey is a small town sitting on 2.7 square miles, with a population of 3,000. Because of the size of the town there have been several proposals to disband Port Richey, but they have never been passed. Port Richey holds the claim of being older than New Port Richey due to the establishment of a post office in the home of Aaron Richey in 1884; however, it was not incorporated until 1925, a year after New Port Richey became incorporated.

St. Leo
www.townofstleo-fl.gov

A 1.9 square mile suburb of Tampa Bay, St. Leo only has a population of approximately 1,300. It is known for Saint Leo University, Holy Name Monastery and Saint Leo Abbey.

San Antonio
www.sanantoniofla.com

Named after St. Anthony of Padua by Edmund Dunne, a devout catholic, San Antonio was a carefully planned Catholic community. When developing the town’s layout, Dunne set aside land specifically for a monastery and convent. With a population of less than 1,000, San Antonio is still a small, heavily Catholic community.

Zephyrhills
www.ci.zephyrhills.fl.us
(813) 780-0000

Zephyrhills began in 1886 with the original name of “Abbott.” In 1909 Captain H.B. Jeffries purchased 35,000 acres in the area to start a colony for Civil War Veterans. In 1910, the name was changed to Zephyrhills and a school was built, with a library following the next year. Zephyrhills is now known as the “home of pure water,” and is the headquarters of Zephyrhills Bottled Water Company. As Zephyrhills continues to grow in population, it is dedicated to keeping the neighborly charm of a small town.

County Seat
Dade City

County Population
464,697

Median Home Price
$160,700

Municipalities
Dade City, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Saint Leo, San Antonio, and Zephyrhills.

PASCO COUNTY OFFICES

Main Contact Information
www.portal.pascocountyfl.net

New Port Richey
(727) 847-2411
(800) 368-2411

Dade City
(352) 523-2411

Land O’ Lakes
(813) 996-2411

Animal Control

New Port Richey
(727) 834-3216

Dade City
(352) 521-5194

Land O’ Lakes
(813) 929-1212

County Tax Collector
Mike Olson

County Extension Office
(352) 518-0156

Fire and Emergency Services
New Port Richey
(727) 847-2411

Dade City
(352) 521-4274

Land O’ Lakes
(813) 929-2750

Planning and Zoning
(727) 847-8132

Sheriff’s Office

New Port Richey
(727) 847-5878

Dade City
(352) 521-5131

Municipalities

Dade City
www.dadecityfl.com
(352) 523-5050

New Port Richey
www.cityofnewportrichey.org
(727) 853-1016

Port Richey
www.copr.net
(727) 816-1900

Saint Leo
www.townofstleo-fl.gov

San Antonio
www.sanantoniofla.com

Zephyrhills
www.ci.zephyrhills.fl.us
(813) 780-0000

Electricity

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
www.wrec.net
(352) 588-5115

Pasco Cogen Ltd
www.maps.google.com
(352) 523-0062 ‎

Gas Companies

Bahr’s Propane Gas & AC Inc.
www.bahrspropanegasandac.com
(813) 782-5013

Marathon
www.marathon.com
(727) 375-8536

Water and Sewer

www.portal.pascocountyfl.net

New Port Richey
(727) 847-8131

Dade City
(352) 521-4285

Land O’ Lakes
(813) 235-6012

Recycling

www.portal.pascocountyfl.net

Cable Television

Bright House Networks
www.brighthouse.com
(727) 856-3278

Directv
www.directstartv.com
(813) 749-9996

Telephone

AT&T
www.att.com
(813) 907-0715

EDUCATION

Public Schools
www.pasco.k12.fl.us
(813) 794-2000

HOSPITALS

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
www.fhzeph.org
(813) 788-0411

Morton Plant Mease
www.mortonplant.com
(727) 842-8468

Pasco Regional Medical Center
www.pascoregionalmc.com
(352) 521-1100

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES

Pasco County Libraries
www.pascolibraries.org
(727) 861-3020

NEWSPAPERS

St. Petersburg Times
www.tampabay.com

Manatee County

Like a majority of counties in the Tampa Bay region, Manatee County offers a special combination of vibrant economic activity and numerous recreational opportunities. For the business-minded, the Manatee Convention Center, near the scenic Manatee river is able to host any number of trade shows, seminars, banquets, or concerts. Bradenton, the county seat of Manatee County is the home of such major corporations as Tropicana, Champs Sports and Rohm America.

Anna Maria
www.cityofannamaria.com
(941) 708-6130

Anna Maria, a city filled with island life, is a nature lovers haven. Located on the north side of Anna Maria Island on the West Coast of Florida, it is an amazing place to visit with much to enjoy: from the beaches and friendly community to the wildlife conservation efforts. Animal welfarists will appreciate that the entire city is a bird sanctuary. Many residents also help to protect the Loggerhead Turtles that nest on the beaches. The marine life is abundant, with dolphins and manatees commonly spotted in the waters around the island.

Bradenton
www.cityofbradenton.com
(941) 932-9400

Home to 54,000 people and Tropicana’s juice production facility, Bradenton may seem like your ordinary city, but on a further inspection Bradenton has much to offer. The Village of the Arts is a neighborhood where zoning laws have been changed so that artists and entrepreneurs can live and work at home. A majority of the old homes have been renovated and turned into galleries and studios for the artists. Some have even been converted into small restaurants.

You don’t have to just be a lover of the arts to appreciate Bradenton. With fishing, relaxing on the beach, taking in a live stage show, visiting one of the many museums or just walking down by the waterfront, Bradenton has something for everyone.

Bradenton Beach
www.cityofbradentonbeach.com
(941) 778-1005

With 5 square miles and a population of 1,500, Bradenton Beach is the place to go and get away from the rat race. The city, which is located on the south of Anna Maria Island, has 6 parks and 4 miles of beach, which is plenty of space to spread out your blanket and take in some sun. If you want to do more than just lie in the sun, there is great fishing from the city pier, inshore and offshore fishing tours, and many bars, restaurants, and shopping establishments to enjoy.

Holmes Beach
www.holmesbeachfl.org
(941) 708-5800

Holmes beach is centrally located between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island off of the coast of West Florida. Come enjoy the three miles of beautiful beaches and easy access to the Intercoastal Waterway.

Longboat Key
www.longboatkey.org
(941) 316-1999

Longboat Key is an island community, located on 17 square miles on the west coast of Florida. Over 12 square miles is water, comprising both Sarasota Bay and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Longboat Key boasts the Gulf of Mexico Drive, one of Florida’s most gorgeous beach roads, lined with palm trees and tropical plants. The island town is also home to a 32 acre wetland park, abundant with regional plants and animals.

Palmetto
www.palmettofl.org
(941) 723-4570

Palmetto is a close-knit community located on the West Coast of Florida. Palmetto holds many festivals throughout the year, including a 10 day county fair every January. The festivals, along with Palmetto’s warm, tropical weather, bring many visitors.

County Seat
Bradenton

County Population
322,833

Median Home Price
$223,100

Municipalities
Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, and Palmetto.

MANATEE COUNTY OFFICES

Main Contact Information

www.mymanatee.org
(941) 748-4501

Animal Control
(941) 742-5933

Business License
Anna Maria
(941) 708-6130

Bradenton
(941) 932-9400

Bradenton Beach
(941) 778-1005

Holmes Beach
(941) 708-5800

Longboat Key
(941) 316-1999

Palmetto
(941) 723-4570

County Extension Office
(941) 722-4524

County Tax Collector
Ken Burton Jr.
(941) 741-4801

Fire and Emergency Services
(941) 741-3900

Planning and Zoning
(941) 748-4501 ext. 6871

Sheriff’s Office
(941) 747-3011 x2552

Municipalities

Anna Maria
www.cityofannamaria.com
(941) 708-6130

Bradenton
www.cityofbradenton.com
(941) 932-9400

Bradenton Beach
www.cityofbradentonbeach.com
(941) 778-1005

Holmes Beach
www.holmesbeachfl.org
(941) 708-5800

Longboat Key
www.longboatkey.org
(941) 316-1999

Palmetto
www.palmettofl.org
(941)723-4570

Electricity

Peace River Electric Cooperative Inc.
www.preco.org
(941) 756-2570

Gas Companies

Ameri Gas
www.amerigas.com
(941) 722-7779

Bradenton Propane
www.maps.google.com
(941) 748-1141 ‎

Water and Sewer

Manatee County Water Division
www.mymanatee.org
(941) 792-8811

Recycling

Manatee County Recycling Program
www.mymanatee.org

Cable Television

Bright House Networks
www.brighthouse.com
(941) 748-1822

Telephone

AT&T
www.att.com
(941) 751-1813

EDUCATION

Public Schools
www.manatee.k12.fl.us
(941) 708-8770

HOSPITALS

Manatee Memorial Hospital
www.manateememorial.com
(941) 746-5111

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES

Manatee County Public Library System
www.mymanatee.org

Central Library
(941) 748-5555

Braden River Branch
(941) 727-6079

Island Branch
(941) 778-6341

Palmetto Branch
(941) 722-3333

Rocky Bluff Branch
(941) 723-4821

South Manatee Branch

(941) 755-3892

NEWSPAPERS

Herald-Tribune
www.heraldtribune.com

Decorating

Figuring out how to decorate a new home and where to find decorations can be very stressful. The Tampa Bay area has many stores to help with this often tedious process. From art galleries and antique stores to furniture outlets, Tampa has everything new home owners should need to furnish their new place. Tampa even has a design district with many options for home decorations all in one area. Below is a list of some of the places in Tampa to find art, furniture, and antiques to decorate a home.

Design Districts

Palma Ceia Business and Design District
www.palmaceiabusinessanddesigndistrict.com
(813) 293-3823

Art Galleries

Arnold Martinez Art Gallery
www.arnoldmartinezgallery.com
(813) 248-9572

Baisden Gallery
www.baisdengallery.com
(813) 250-1511

Gallery AIA
www.aiatampabay.com
(813) 229-3411

Linden Galleries
www.lindengalleries.com
(813) 265-8913

Rustic Steel Creations
www.rusticsteel.com
(813) 222-0016

Furniture Stores

Havertys Furniture
www.havertys.com
(813) 264-6131

Hudson’s Furniture
www.hudsonsfurniture.com
1-877-340-5799

IKEA
www.ikea.com
(813) 623-5454

Kanes Furniture

www.kanesfurniture.com
(813) 886-2777

Tampa Furniture
www.coxfeivelson.com
(813) 626-2297

Places to Find Antiques

Hunter’s Find Antiques and Find Art
www.huntersfind.com
(813) 251-6444

Other Side Antiques
www.othersideantiques.com
(813) 254-8799

Palma Ceia Porcelain and Art Ptt
www.tampaantiquesandbooks.com
(813) 254-7149

Sherry’s Yesterdaze Vintage
www.yesterdazevintage.com
(813) 231-2020

The French Bee Antiques
www.thefrenchbeeantiques.com
(813) 831-5566

Dining

The options for dining out in an area can be very important when deciding where to buy a new home. The Tampa area offers a multitude of delicious options for dining, and in addition many of the restaurants provide outdoor dining with a beautiful seaside view. Below is a list of some of the major restaurants in the Tampa area, and their contact information.

Asian, Chinese, and Japanese Restaurants

Bamboozle Cafe
www.bamboozlecafe.com
(813) 223-7320

China Yuan Restaurant
www.chinayuanrestaurant.com
(813) 936-7388

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
www.pfchangs.com
(813) 289-8400

Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar
www.samuraiblue.com
(813) 242-6688

TC Choy’s Asian Bistro
www.tcchoysbistro.com
(813) 251-1191

Zen Bistro
www.zentogo.com
(813) 792-8665

American Restaurants

Chattaway
www.thechattaway.com
(727) 823-1594

Daily Eats
www.dailyeatstampa.com
(813) 868-3335

Datz Deli
www.datztampa.com
(813) 831-7000

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
www.ellasfolkartcafe.com
(813) 234-1000

The Refinery
www.thetamparefinery.com
(813) 237-2000

Casual Dining

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
www.beefobradys.com
(813) 226-2333

Taco Bus
www.tampatacobus.com
(813) 232-5889

International Restaurants

Colombia Restaurant
www.columbiarestaurant.com
(813) 229-5511

Dish
www.dishanddrinks.com
(202) 338-8707

Four Green Fields
www.fourgreenfields.com
(813) 254-4444

La Terisita
www.lateresitarestaurant.com
(813) 879-9704

The Living Room
www.thelivingroomonmain.com
(727) 736-5202

Wine Exchange Tampa
www.wineexchangetampa.com
(813) 254-9463

Fine Dining

Mangroves
www.mangroves-restaurants.com
(813) 258-3302

Six Tables
www.sixtablestampa.com
(813) 207-0527

Mystic Fish
www.3bestchefs.com
(727) 771-1800

Mise En Place
www.miseonline.com
(813) 254-5373

Italian

Bella’s Italian Café
www.bellasitaliancafe.com
(813) 254-3355

Donatello Italian Cuisine Restaurant
www.donatellotampa.com
(813) 875-6660

Mazzaro’s Italian Market
www.mazzarosmarket.com
(727) 321-2400

The Laughing Cat
www.thelaughingcat.com
(813) 241-2998

Pelagia Trattoria
www.pelagiatrattoria.com
(813) 313-3235

Steak and Seafood Restaurants

Boizao Steakhouse
www.boizao.com
(813) 286-7100

Catch Twenty-Three
www.catchtwentythree.com
(813) 920-0045

Island Way Grill
www.islandwaygrill.com
(727) 461-6617

Rumba Island Bar & Grill
www.rumbaislandgrill.com
(727) 446-7027

Ruth Chris Steakhouse
www.ruthschris.com
(813) 282 -1118

Salt Rock Grill
www.saltrockgrill.com
(727) 593-7625

Shopping

The options for shopping can make a big impact on the decision about where to move. Tampa offers multiple malls and shopping districts to fit the needs of nearly every shopper. From upscale shopping to outdoor shopping to department store shopping, Tampa has it all. Below is a list of some of the major shopping spots in Tampa.

Baker & Co. General Store & Antique Emporium
www.bakergeneralstore.com
(813) 250-1565

Channelside Bay Plaza
www.channelsidebayplaza.com
(813) 223-4250

University Mall
www.universitymalltampa.com
(813) 971-3465

Westfield- Citrus Park Town Center Mall
www.westfield.com
(813) 926-4644

Outdoor Shopping
Hyde Park
www.hydeparkvillage.net
(813) 251-3500

Ybor City
www.ybor.org
(813) 248-3712

Upscale Shopping
International Plaza
www.shopinternationalplaza.com
(813) 342-3790

Sak’s Fifth Avenue at WestShore Plaza
www.westshoreplaza.com
(813) 371-5100