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“America’s Next Greatest City,” that has already

established itself as more than just a beautiful, white sandy beach.

Welcome to Tampa

mover essentials

State of Florida Info

(850) 488-1234

myflorida.com

Vehicle Tags and

Driver’s License

(850) 617-2000

flhsmv.gov

Voter registration online at

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City of Tampa

(813) 274-8396

tampagov.net

Greater Tampa Association

of REALTORS®

(813) 879-7010

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Greater Tampa Chamber

of Commerce

(813) 228-7777

tampachamber.com

Tampa Bay & Company

(813) 223-1111

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Named “sticks of fire” by a Native American tribe, possibly

due to the natural displays that have led it to be dubbed the

Lightning Capital of the World, Tampa is a bustling business

center filled with entertainment and cultural options, bottled

up with the sunny, warm climate of a Florida beach community.

Located on Florida’s West Coast, bordering the Gulf of Mexico,

Tampa is a growing city of about 350,000 people, while the greater

bay community is home to nearly 3 million.

These days, the Tampa economy is quite diverse, spread across the

service, retail, finance, insurance, shipping, defense, tourism and

real estate industries. Fortune 1000 companies OSI Restaurant

Partners, WellCare, TECO Energy and Raymond James Financial

are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, and many corporations

maintain regional offices in the community, which also houses

the main server farm for Wikipedia and other companies.

True to its beginnings as a frontier outpost, Tampa remains a

military town. Historic Fort Brooke (which became its own standalone

town for a time) remains a part of the history of Tampa,

currently housing the Tampa Bay History Center and Tampa

Convention Center. The military has moved to more modern

digs. MacDill Air Force Base employs more than 15,000 active

military, Department of Defense civil service, and contractors

in the bay area. The installation hosts the 6th Air Mobility Wing

and is home to U.S. Central Command headquarters, U.S. Special

Operations Command headquarters, the 927th Air Refueling

Wing, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command headquarters and

U.S. Special Operations Command Central headquarters, as well

as other active and reserve components of the military.

Among the bay area’s 20 hospitals are three ranked on US News

and World Report’s “America’s best hospitals” list. The University

of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is a prominent

research and care facility, and the area is also home to the H. Lee

Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the Pepin Heart

Institute. Tampa is also home to one of 22 Shriners Hospitals for

Children.

Tampa Bay has been a favorite location for sea travel and shipping

since the 16th century, growing into the seventh-largest port in

the country, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce in

Florida. It is also the second-most-popular destination for cruise

ship travel in Florida, serving as a port of call for some of the

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most popular cruise services, with ships traveling to Mexico,

Honduras, Belize, and Eastern and Western Caribbean Islands.

All throughout the year, Tampa has offerings for sports lovers.

If you count the NBA’s Orlando Magic, which plays about an

hour and a half away, the city has a team in every major league

sports league, including the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the

NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and Major League Baseball’s Tampa

Bay Rays. Arena football’s Tampa Bay Storm and the Tampa Bay

Rowdies of the North American Soccer League also play in the

bay area, and several MLB teams conduct spring training in the

area. In addition, local colleges, including the University of South

Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community

College, field teams in a variety of sports.

Among the city of Tampa’s 165 parks and beaches — and 42 more

in suburban Hillsborough County — is the Bro Bowl, the first

public skate park built in Florida, which opened in 1979.

Only in Tampa

One of the oldest attractions, the Tampa Theatre, has been

a symbol of Tampa’s arts and cultural imagination since

1926, hosting not only film festivals but concerts and other

performances, and even a popular summer film camp under

its faux starry sky. The ornate theater, designed to look like a

Mediterranean courtyard, has been recognized by Life Magazine

as one of “America’s 21 Wonders” and was recently named one of

the 10 best movie theaters in the world by The Motion Picture

Association of America.

Tampa is home to a wide variety of museums, including the

Museum of Science & Industry, the University of South Florida

Contemporary Art Museum, the Tampa Firefighters Museum

and the Henry B. Plant Museum, not to mention the World War

II Victory Ship museum, located on a permanently docked ship.

For fun, residents can visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a theme

park that covers 335 acres. In addition to roller coasters, the park

is filled with African wildlife. Next door, Adventure Island is a

water park that allows families to have fun while beating the heat.

Visitors can enjoy more than 2,000 animals, rides and exhibits

at the Lowry Park Zoo, and the 250,000-square-foot Florida

Aquarium features more than 20,000 species of aquatic plants

and animals.

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Nestled into Florida’s West Coast on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the

Tampa Bay area is a bustling metropolis, thriving academic world, vibrant

cultural life, high-tech hotspot and recreational paradise. Tampa and St.

Petersburg are Florida’s two most populous cities largely because natives have

a hard time leaving and the environment is a highly attractive relocation spot.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

hillsboroughcounty.org • (813) 272-5900

County Population: 1,267,995

County Seat: City of Tampa

Median Home Price: $148,000

North Fulton Municipalities: Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace

Hillsborough County is home to the City of Tampa. As the most populated county

in the area, Tampa is centrally located along Florida’s West Coast, supported

by economically diverse industries such as agriculture, finance, health care,

and technology. It is also home to the Port of Tampa, all of which have helped to

elevate its standing as one of the most thriving and enjoyable locations to live,

work and play in the State of Florida.

Plant City

plantcitygov.com • (813) 659-4200

Plant City is located near Tampa, Florida and has a population of 34,000 people.

It has a near tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters.

Plant City is named after Henry Plant, who boosted the economy by building

a railroad to the city. Plant City formerly grew cotton, but after changing its

agriculture to strawberries, it became known as the Winter Strawberry Capital

of the World. It is also home to the Florida Strawberry Festival, which attracts

visitors from across America and around the world.

Tampa

tampagov.com • (813) 274-8211

Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida in what is known as the Tampa

Bay Area. Tampa was purchased by the United States from Spain in 1821;

however, the city did not experience booming growth until the 1950s and

1960s. Busch Gardens was developed at this time and continues to attract

many visitors to Tampa every year. Tampa also attracts many sports fans due

to it being the home of a number of major sports teams and the host of 4 Super

Bowl Tournaments since 1984. Summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.

Tampa is known as the “Lightning Capital of North America.” Tampa

is bordered by Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. The two join together

to form Tampa Bay, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Many cruise lines

originate from Tampa’s port, which is the 7th largest in the nation.

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Temple Terrace

templeterrace.com • (813) 506-6420

Temple Terrace is adjacent to Tampa and is located on 6.9 square miles of land.

Planned as a golf-course community in the 1920s, it was originally part of a

19,000 acre game preserve owned by Chicago socialite, Bertha Palmer. At the

time, it was also home to the largest orange grove in the world.

In 2004, plans began to redevelop the 1960-era downtown Temple Terrace,

using many of the original designs from 1920 that were never used, due to The

Depression. Temple Terrace is known for its rolling landscape, beautiful trees,

and gorgeous views of Hillsborough Bay.

Power:

Tampa Electric

(813) 223-0800

tampaelectric.com

Gas:

Amerigas

(813) 752-4188

amerigas.com

Bay Cities Gas

(813) 626-6330

baycitiesgasfl.com

MANATEE COUNTY

mymanatee.org • (941) 748-4501

People’s Gas

(877)832-6747

peoplesgas.com/

Recycling/Trash:

Central Carting Disposal

(352) 796-7411

centralcarting.com

Cable/Internet:

Brighthouse Networks

(813) 684-6400

brighthouse.com/tampabay/shop/moving

Water/Sewer:

Hillsborough County

Water

(813) 272-5977

hillsboroughcounty.org/

index.aspx?nid=1810

Telephone/DSL:

Brighthouse Networks

(813) 684-6400

brighthouse.com/tampabay/shop/moving

County Population: 333,895

County Seat: Bradenton

Median Home Price: $269,768

North Fulton Municipalities: Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach,

Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto

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, hosts a number of trade shows, seminars,

banquets, and concerts. Bradenton, the county seat of Manatee County, is the

home of such major corporations as Tropicana and Champs Sports.

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Anna Maria

cityofannamaria.com • (941) 708-6130

Anna Maria, a city filled with island life, is a nature lover’s 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 enthusiasts 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

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

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

holmesbeachfl.org • (941) 708-5800

Holmes beach is centrally located between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach

on Anna Maria Island off the coast of West Florida. Come enjoy the three

miles of beautiful beaches and easy access to the Intercostals Waterway.

Longboat Key

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

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.

Power:

Florida Power and Light

(800) 226-3545

fpl.com/customer/moving.shtml

Cable/Internet:

Brighthouse Networks

(888) 289-8988

brighthouse.com

Comcast Cable

1-800-934-6484

comcast.com

Gas:

AmeriGas

(941) 722-7779

amerigas.com

Recycling/Trash:

Manatee County Public

Works

(941) 792-8811

mymanatee.org/home/

government/departments/utilities.html

Water/Sewer:

Manatee County Public

Works

(941) 792-8811

mymanatee.org/home/

government/departments/utilities.html

Telephone/DSL:

Brighthouse Networks

(888) 289-8988

brighthouse.com

PASCO COUNTY

portal.pascocountyfl.net • (727) 847-8949

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County Population: 470,391

County Seat: Dade City

Median Home Price: $108,500

North Fulton Municipalities: Dade City, New Port Richey, Port Richey,

Saint Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills

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

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

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. Now, though, its nature,

beaches, and shopping district make it a popular tourist spot.

Port Richey

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

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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

townofstleo-fl.gov • (352) 588-2622

A 1.9 square mile suburb of Tampa Bay, St. Leo has a population of approximately

1,300. It is known for Saint Leo University, Holy Name Monastery and

Saint Leo Abbey.

San Antonio

sanantoniofla.com • (352) 588-2127

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

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.

Power:

Duke Energy

(800) 700-8744

progress-energy.com

Tampa Electric

(813) 223-0800

tampaelectric.com

Withlacoochee River

Electric Cooperative

(863) 687-4396

wrec.net

Recycling/Trash:

Central Carting

Disposal, Inc.

(352) 583-4204

centralcarting.com

PINELLAS COUNTY

pinellascounty.org • (727) 464-3000

Located on a 39-mile peninsula, 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 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

townofbelleair.com • (727) 588-3769

A small city of approximately 4,000 residents, Belleair 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 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

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Gas:

Bay Cities Gas

Corporation

(727) 862-5994

baycitiesgasfl.com

Clearwater Gas

(727) 562-4600

clearwatergas.com

TECO/Peoples Gas

(813) 275-3700

peoplesgas.com

Cable/Internet:

Brighthouse Networks

(888) 289-8988

brighthouse.com

Water/Sewer:

Pasco County Utilities

(352) 521-4285

pascocountyfl.net/index.

aspx?NID=1402

Telephone/DSL:

Brighthouse Networks

(888) 289-8988

brighthouse.com

County Population: 921,319

County Seat: Clearwater

Median Home Price: $207,000

North Fulton 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, Treasure Island

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

cityofbelleairbeach.com • (727) 595-4646

Chartered in 1950, Belleair 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,

Belleair Beach attracts visitors throughout the year.

Belleair Bluffs

belleairbluffs.org • (727) 584-2151

Belleair 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

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

dunedingov.com • (727) 298-3039

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

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

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 tree lighting and holiday

parade in December and a Beauty and the Beach festival in the spring.

Indian Shores

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.

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Kenneth City

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

largo.com • (727) 586-7454

Largo, nicknamed “The City of Progress,” is part of 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

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

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

myoldsmar.com • (813) 749-1100

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

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 band shell 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

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

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

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

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.

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St. Petersburg

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

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

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

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

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

Oktoberfest beach crawl.

Power:

Duke Energy

(800) 700-8744

progress-energy.com

Gas:

AmeriGas

(727)-539-7099

amerigas.com

Bay Cities Gas

Corporation

727-862-5994

baycitiesgasfl.com

Clearwater Gas

(727) 562-4600

clearwatergas.com

Photo courtesy of Mantee County government

Recycling/Trash:

(City to City)

pinellascounty.org/utilities/recycle-waste.htm

County Sanitation

(727)-522-5794

countysanitationservice.

com

Cable/Internet:

Brighthouse Networks

(727) 791-7730

mybrighthouse.com

Wide Open West

(866) 745-3685

wowway.com/home-map

Water/Sewer:

Clearwater Utilities

(727) 562-4600

clearwater-fl.com/gov/

depts/pwa/public_utils/

Telephone/DSL:

Brighthouse Networks

(727) 791-7730

mybrighthouse.com

Wide Open West

(866) 745-3685

wowway.com/home-map

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HEALTH CARE

No matter where residents live, access to quality health care is never far away. From teaching hospitals to facilities that specialize in cancer care and

women’s health, Tampa covers its residents at all stages of life. Health care is important for the overall health and well-being of the community, both in

terms of residents’ health and economic health. When it comes to economic health, Tampa is on its way up; for example, its cutting-edge Laser Spine

Institute added nearly $140 million of economic impact in 2012, according to a study by the University of South Florida’s College of Business. Hospitals in

Tampa often rank among the top in the state in specialties like oncology and orthopedics. The newly constructed Center for Advanced Medical Learning

and Simulation, located on the campus of the University of South Florida, seeks to redirect the health care industry to focus on quality patient care. By

combining state-of-the-art technology and training with evidenced-based outcomes, the center offers a wide range of simulation services for doctors and

other health care professionals. Tampa is well on its way to being a model for health that the rest of the country can follow.

Florida Hospital Tampa

(813) 971-6000 • www.floridahospital.com/tampa

This not-for-profit health center operates 22 campuses across the state. In operation

since 1908, the Florida Hospital system is a member of the Adventist Health System,

the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care system in the U.S. The Tampa hospital

has more than 2,200 beds, and serves more patients annually than any other

hospital in the state. With a staff numbering more than 2,200, patients can be sure

their health and wellness are a top priority.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa

(813) 873-6400 • www.memorialhospitaltampa.com

For more than 30 years, Memorial Hospital of Tampa has provided the city’s residents

with comprehensive care, especially in the areas of emergency medicine,

wound care and interventional radiology. In 2014, the hospital was one of three

in the state to receive the prestigious Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

accreditation. Additionally, they have recently begun offering a state-of-the-art

treatment for patients who suffer chronic acid reflux: the LINX Reflux Management

System.

Moffitt Cancer Center

(888) 663-3488 • www.moffitt.org

Located on the campus of the University of South Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center

has been serving cancer patients in the Tampa area since 1986. Part of the

National Cancer Institute’s network of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, this notfor-profit

institution focuses on both research and treatment in order to provide

the best possible care. In addition to its main campus, Moffitt has a satellite facility

near Tampa International Airport.

St. Joseph’s Hospital

(813) 870-4000 • www.sjbhealth.org

Founded in 1934 by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, St. Joseph’s Hospital

has grown from 40 beds to more than 500. Even as the medical profession has

changed, the St. Francis staff remains committed to the Sisters’ original mission of

meeting patients’ medical and spiritual needs through hope and compassion. Its

Centers of Excellence in areas like stroke and cancer bring together interdisciplinary

teams to address complex cases.

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

(813) 554-8500 • www.sjbhealth.org

As part of the BayCare Health System, a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals and

facilities located throughout Tampa, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has provided

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some of the region’s best pediatric care since it opened in 1988. Its staff of 80 specialists

represent 25 medical and surgical disciplines and are known as some of the

nation’s best doctors for pediatric heart and cancer care.

St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

(813) 879-4730 • www.sjbhealth.org

The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the order that founded the St. Joseph’s network

of hospitals in Tampa, founded the women’s hospital in 1993. Since service

to women was one of the founding principles of the order, this 192-bed facility

leads the region in gynecological, oncological, and obstetrical care for women.

Other innovative programs include the Breast Center, where women of all ages

have access to the most advanced testing and treatment.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

(813) 972-2250 • www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

The Tampa facility is part of the 22-hospital network of the Shriners Hospitals for

Children. Specializing in care for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft

lip and palate and various orthopedic conditions, Shriners is one of the pediatric

field’s leaders in research and medical education. The Tampa hospital is well

known for its orthopedics, and operates under the Shriners’ model of treating all

patients, without consideration of a family’s ability to pay for treatment.

Tampa General Hospital

(813) 844-7000 • www.tgh.org

Tampa General boasts more than 1,000 beds, one of the state’s four burn centers

and a Level I trauma center. Founded in 1927, the hospital also serves as the teaching

facility for the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. U.S.

News & World Report ranked TGH the No. 2 hospital in Florida, and the best

hospital in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area. It also ranks as one of the top 50

nationally in the specialties of cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, orthopedics

and urology.

Tampa Community Hospital

(813) 888-7060 • www.tampacommunityhospital.com

This 201-bed hospital (formerly known as Town & Country Hospital) has been in

operation for more than 30 years. Its team of more than 300 physicians provides

quality care in surgical services and diagnostic services, among other specialties,

to northwest Hillsborough and northeast Pinellas counties. In recent years, Tampa

Community Hospital has worked to bring new technologies to its facility, including

robotic surgery and an ultrasound system that helps detect cancer in its early

stages.

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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.

EDUCATION

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

www.sdhc.k12.fl.us • (813) 272-4000

Hillsborough County has 254 K-12 schools,

including elementary, middle, high, career centers,

HiTEC, and Charter schools. The county also

has over 80 adult programs for the community.

In 2011, the school system received the Beacon

Award for the largest increase in passing rates for

the AP exam—beating out districts nationwide

from 2008-2010. Also in 2011, over 60 percent

of the schools were ranked on the 2011 High

School Challenge by the Washington Post. With

four International Baccalaureate World Schools

and the highest number of National Merit Scholar

finalists in the state, Hillsborough offers a topnotch

public education.

PASCO COUNTY

www.pasco.k12.fl.us • (813) 794-2000

The Pasco County public schools focus on

preparing students to be successful in today’s

technological environment. They invest in

resources that provide ideal planning, rapid

growth, and continual improvement. The school

district of Pasco County employs more than 9,000

people who provide for over 66,000 students.

Efforts are placed on hiring those who are focused

on student success and passionate about spending

the time required to meet the needs of the large

district. The Human Resources Department for

Pasco County Schools networks with the teachers,

parents, administrators, and community in an

effort to provide the most well rounded education

possible.

PINELLAS COUNTY

www.pcsb.org • (727) 588-6000

Pinellas County Schools, located along the Gulf

of Mexico on Florida’s west coast, are considered

part of the Tampa Bay area. The district is the

seventh largest in the state of Florida and the

26th largest in the country. It educates over

104,000 K-12 students. The county’s largest

employer is the school system with over 17,000

employees. With over 20,000 volunteers, the

schools encourage parent involvement and host

numerous educational events.

POLK COUNTY

www.polk-fl.net • (863) 534-0500

The Polk County Public School District’s

mission is to “ensure rigorous, relevant learning

experiences that result in high achievement for

our students.” Over 30 community centers in Polk

County provide computer services for students

and adults alike. Staff, parents and members of

the community combine their efforts for the

betterment of the county educational system.

1. BayCare | Bartow Regional

Medical Center

2200 Osprey Blvd,

Bartow, FL 33830

(See map)

2. BayCare | St. Anthony’s Hospital

1200 7th Avenue N

St. Petersburg, FL 33705

3. BayCare | St. Joseph’s Hosp.-South

6901 Simmons Loop

Riverview, FL 33578

4. BayCare | Mease Countryside Hosp.

3231 N. McMullen Booth Road

Safety Harbor, FL 34695

5. BayCare | St. Joseph’s Hospital

3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607

6. BayCare | South Florida Baptist

Hospital

301 N. Alexander Street

Plant City, FL 33563

7. BayCare | Mease Dunedin Hospital

601 Main Street

Dunedin, FL 34698

8. BayCare | St. Joseph’s

Children’s Hospital

3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607

9. BayCare | Winter Haven Hospital

200 Ave. F N.E.

Winter Haven, FL 33881

10. Bay Care | Morton Plant Hospital

300 Pinellas Street

Clearwater, FL 33756

11. BayCare | St. Joseph’s

Women’s Hospital

3030 W. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607

12. BayCare | Winter Haven

Women’s Hospital

101 Ave. O S.E.

Winter Haven, FL 33880

13. BayCare | Morton Plant

North Bay Hospital

6600 Madison St.

New Port Richey, FL 34652

14. BayCare | St. Joseph’s

Hospital-North

4211 Van Dyke Road

Lutz, FL 33558

URGENT CARE

(See map for locations)

A. BayCare Urgent Care (Tampa)

Urgent Care

(813) 559-1888

3440 W. Dr. MLK Blvd, Ste 100

Tampa, FL 33607

B. BayCare Urgent Care (South Tampa)

Urgent Care

(813) 609-3666

1155 S. Dale Mabry Highway

Tampa, FL 33629

C. BayCare Urgent Care (Waters)

Urgent Care

(813) 609-6835

6909 W. Waters Ave.

Tampa, FL 33634

D. BayCare Urgent Care (Carrollwood)

Urgent Care

(813) 609-3635

11921 N. Dale Mabry Highway

Tampa, FL 33618

E. BayCare Urgent Care (Countryside)

Urgent Care

(727) 314-4774

3351 McMullen Booth Road

Clearwater, FL 33761

F. BayCare Urgent Care (St.

Petersburg) Urgent Care

(727) 914-8566

2331 4th St. N.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33704

G. BayCare Urgent Care (Clearwater)

Urgent Care

(727) 314-4848

711 S. Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 33764

H. BayCare Urgent Care (Valrico)

Urgent Care

(813) 502-5666

2016 State Road 60 E.

(In front of LA Fitness)

Valrico, FL 33594

I. BayCare Urgent Care (Walsingham)

Urgent Care

(727) 593-9848

13670 Walsingham Road

Largo, FL 33774

J. BayCare Urgent Care (New Port

Richey) Urgent Care

(727) 807-7176

4821 US Highway 19

New Port Richey, FL 34652

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