Category: Pinellas

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