Tarpon Springs became West Hillsborough's first incorporated city in 1887, and in 1888 the Orange Belt Railway was extended into the southern portion of the peninsula. [20][21] The new bridge opened in 1987 and has since been listed as #3 of the "Top 10 Bridges" in the World by the Travel Channel.[22]. It was a long day trip to travel to the courthouse in Tampa, so by act of legislature, Pinellas County was created on January, 1912, with Clearwater as the county seat. [72], Pinellas County, as a part of the Tampa Bay Area (the nation's 14th largest television market[73]), is served by fourteen local broadcast television stations, as well as a variety of cable-only local stations. The light was deactivated in 1984, but by 2003 had been restored and as of 2013 continues to be in use. With all of … Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Hillsborough County is 5 times larger per square mile than Pinellas. [63] In March of that year, county residents voted to pay an extra tax to allow them to use city libraries throughout the county. Pinellas County Schools also offers many courses for academically advanced and gifted individuals. ON THE MAP TO YOUR RIGHT - Note that Pinellas County is a peninsula surrounded by water on 3 sides. You had a correction in 18 and it corrected back for the Democrats. After trading hands multiple times between the British and the Spanish, Spain finally ceded Florida to the United States in 1821, and in 1823 the U.S. Army established Fort Brooke (later Tampa). The area experiences significant rainfall during its summer months (approximately May through October), with nearly two-thirds of annual precipitation falling between the months of June and September. Two MLB teams come to Pinellas for spring training: the Philadelphia Phillies play at Spectrum Field in Clearwater while the Toronto Blue Jays play at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. Regularly-scheduled passenger rail services in Pinellas County ended on February 1, 1984 when Amtrak discontinued its rail operations in the county, and the last passenger rail service in the county of any kind, a series of special excursion runs between Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, occurred on March 8, 1987. Tampa area, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, west Florida U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2020, by county. “They’ve thrown somebody up against Nick DiCeglie. Visit The Hillsborough County Engagement Hub to view survey results and give input on key topics that impact the future of our community. When "Pinellas Point" was first settled it was Western Hillsborough County. It is the second-smallest county in Florida by land area, larger than only Union County. Many voters waited outside polling places before they even opened to cast their ballot. Meanwhile in Hillsborough County, Democratic Party Chair Ione Townsend hopes to continue the Democrats winning streak which has taken place since she became chair in January 2016. Tropical trees such as coconut palms and royal palms and fruit trees like mangoes grow very well in these microclimates. We Value Your Input. “Why would they want to force just about every prominent Republican in the county to turn on their machines and get to work to get re-elected? The county is served by the Pinellas County School District. Biden victorious in Hillsborough County with voter turnout exceeding 2016 numbers While there are more registered Democrats in Pinellas County, more … [15][16] The peninsula, along with a small part of the mainland were incorporated into the new county. He says that the party is seeing a considerable amount of Democrats who say they have concerns about security and say they’re going to vote for the president. “. 34.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. County Budget / OpenGov Lealman CRA Penny For Pinellas Roadwork / Projects Transportation / Travel Strategic Plan Wastewater / Stormwater Partnership Veteran and Military Resource Guide . Long established communities, particularly Old Northeast in St. Petersburg, Pass-a-Grille in St. Pete Beach, Harbor Oaks in Clearwater, and old Tarpon Springs contain notable historic architecture. Freezing temperatures occur only every 2–3 years, with freezing precipitation occurring extremely rarely. 13th Circuit - Hillsborough. Voter registration is almost tied, with Democrats having a small plurality of registered voters. On Clearwater Beach is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a non-profit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured marine animals and public education. Log in for unlimited access. Local economies came into severe difficulties, and by 1930, St. Petersburg defaulted on its bonds. The county has maintained a fairly large system of parks and preserves that provide residents and visitors retreat from the city and a glimpse of the peninsula's original state. The Tampa Bay Area is home to three major professional sports teams and a number of minor-league and college teams. Two of the district's high schools are also ranked in Newsweek's 2012 list of America's Best High Schools.[59]. During the early 16th century Spanish explorers discovered and slowly began exploring Florida, including Tampa Bay. ON THE MAP TO YOUR RIGHT - Note that Pinellas County is a peninsula surrounded by water on 3 sides. In the Florida House parts of the county are represented by Republicans James Grant (District 64), Chris Sprowls (District 65), Larry Ahern (District 66), Chris Latvala (District 67), and Kathleen Peters (District 69) and Democrats Dwight Dudley (District 68) and Darryl Rouson (District 70). The county's two largest freshwater lakes, Lake Tarpon (accessible through Chestnut and Anderson parks) and Lake Seminole (accessible through Lake Seminole Park), are popular for water skiing, jet-skiing, and sailing, as well as for fishing and kayaking. Creative Loafing Tampa is the main alternative weekly. Area hotels became barracks. Lynn Gray is the new chairwoman of the Hillsborough County School Board. A lot of Hillsborough County residents are moving from in state, especially from surrounding counties. Two sitting Hillsborough judges faced opponents in Tuesday night’s primary election, as nine judicial seats were up for election across Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Hillsborough County, Florida; Pinellas County, Florida. Connecting Clearwater Harbor to Boca Ciega Bay is a thin, approximately 3.5-mile (5.6 km) stretch of water known as The Narrows, which runs next to the town of Indian Shores. Others distilled moonshine in the County's still plentiful woods.[17]. In the county, the population was spread out, with 19.30% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.50% who were 65 years of age or older. Both the North Beach of Fort De Soto Park (2005) and Caladesi Island (2008) have been named by Dr. Beach as America's Top Beach. The Deaf Literacy Center provides a bilingual/bicultural learning environment for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals. Extending from northeastern Boca Ciega Bay, Long Bayou separates Seminole from St. Petersburg near Bay Pines. PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — As recently as 2016, Hillsborough County was considered by national political reporters to be one of the most significant battleground counties in the entire country when it comes to deciding the presidency. Though hurricanes are infrequent on this part of Florida's coast, they have had a major impact on the islands, with the Hurricane of 1848 forming John's Pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island, a hurricane in 1921 creating Hurricane Pass and cleaving Hog Island into Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands, and 1985's Hurricane Elena sealing Dunedin Pass to join Caladesi with Clearwater Beach.[27]. We have opportunities to serve throughout the county on our main campus in Tampa, our offsite food warehouse, or at one of our community partners. Available Apps / Notifications Ready Pinellas Alert Pinellas Report An Issue . Waurishuk also says that when he meets with Hillsborough Republican voters to encourage them to support candidates running for county commission and other local offices, the one question he most frequently gets is simply: “Are they supporting Trump?”. Agriculture was the single most important industry in Pinellas until the early 20th century, with much of the best land devoted to citrus production. [63], The 14 independent library systems that make up the cooperative are as follows:[66], The PPLC website provides information about all programs offered in each of the member libraries monthly. By 1957 Clearwater was America's fastest growing city. PTSA also offers two express routes to downtown Tampa via the Howard Frankland and Gandy Bridges, connecting with Tampa's HartLine, and connects with Pasco's PCPT in Tarpon Springs to continue service in that county. Angry at what was perceived as neglect by the county government, residents of Pinellas began a push to secede from Hillsborough. The arrest was conducted as part of an executed warrant. The per capita income for the county was $28,742. The area is occasionally affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, but has not suffered a direct hit since 1921. A court-ordered remap merged most of the 14th's share of Pinellas into the 13th. The median age was 46.3 years. Coyotes, though often associated with the American West, are native-to and can be found in Pinellas. Ospreys are a commonly seen bird-of-prey, with other birds of prey like turkey vultures, red tailed hawks, great horned owls, screech owls, barn owls, and bald eagles, among others, seen as well. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males. Only after World War II would significant growth return to the area. [64] The exceptions to this were the cities of Clearwater, South Pasadena, Kenneth City, Indian Rocks, and Indian Shores, who would have to pay a $100 non-member fee to use the PPLC libraries. Pinellas County and the state of Florida’s Safer at Home orders slowed the spread of COVID-19. Four years earlier the same publication called the county â€œone of the nation’s top bellwethers.”. Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith also believes that Pinellas will go blue this fall. Construction of Fort De Soto, on Mullet Key facing the mouth of Tampa Bay, was begun in 1898 during the Spanish–American War to protect Tampa Bay from potential invading forces. [8] The very next year Odet Philippe, a French Huguenot from Charleston, South Carolina became the first permanent, non-native resident of the peninsula when he established a plantation near the site of the Tocobaga village in Safety Harbor. Summertime weather is very consistent, with highs in the low 90s °F (around 32 °C), lows in the mid-70s °F (around 24 °C), accompanied by high humidity and an almost daily chance of afternoon thundershowers. Numerous bird species can be sighted in Pinellas, either as permanent residents or during the winter migration, including wading birds like great blue herons, egrets, white ibises and roseate spoonbills, aquatic birds like brown pelicans, white pelicans, and cormorants, numerous species of shorebirds, and very-common birds like seagulls and passerines like the blue jay, mockingbird, and crow. “Donald Trump got a Republican wave in ’16. Hillsborough, Pinellas Had Record Breaking Mail Ballots Arrived On Time to Be Counted By Trevor Pettiford Hillsborough County PUBLISHED 1:09 PM ET Nov. 20, 2020 PUBLISHED November 20, 2020 @1:09 PM For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. The dashboard below provides the best available snapshot of COVID-19 cases and testing to date, as well as daily healthcare system capacity. The bottom fell out in the bust of 1927, foreshadowing the 1929 market crash and nationwide depression. The island forms Anclote Key Preserve State Park and is accessible only by private boat. It was one of only four counties in Florida who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and then shifted to Donald Trump in 2016. “It’s truly a swing county because it swings with the national mood,” says political strategist Barry Edwards, who has worked in Pinellas County politics for 40 years. “Both sides realize that if they can win Pinellas County, that will go a long way in terms of deciding who wins the state of Florida,” says Darryl Paulson, an emeritus professor of government at USF-St. Petersburg. QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Source: 2010 Florida Census of Population and Housing[39], U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics:[40][41], In 2010, 6.5% of the population considered themselves to be of only "American" ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity. [65] The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's vision is "to connect communities." In Hillsborough County, free county-run and state-run testing sites include Lee Davis Community Center and Suncoast Community Health Center. )[40], There were 415,876 households, out of which 19.89% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.33% were married couples living together, 11.86% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.67% were non-families. [31] Efforts to capture the monkey were reignited after it reportedly bit a woman living near where it had taken up residence, and the monkey was captured in late October 2012 and eventually was sent to live at Dade City's Wild Things, a 22-acre (8.9 ha) zoo north of Tampa. The collision caused ten cars and a Trailways bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. Clear 2 Table. They offer small group and individualized basic literacy instruction, traditional library and information services, computer literacy, signed storytimes, special workshops, presenters and sign language classes.[63]. The Vinoy Park Hotel was used as an Army training school. Together, we helped save lives and kept our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. Thank you for your interest in volunteering in Hillsborough County! “They turned their party over to Donald Trump, and I think it’s going to affect all of them, and I think that they’re being delusional if they’re not paying attention to that,” Scott added. Service industries such as healthcare, business services and education account for more than 200,000 jobs in the county, generating almost $19 billion in revenue. In the 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama won Pinellas with 52% of the vote (239,104 votes) to Mitt Romney's 46.5% (213,258 votes), slightly narrower than Obama’s 2008 election results in Pinellas of 53% (248,299 votes) to John McCain’s 45% (210,066 votes). While Hillsborough and Pinellas County joined the rest of the state in closing public schools through March 27, the Tampa Bay area’s two most populous counties took other different measures Friday in response to the coronavirus.. Hillsborough County announced that it’s cancelling all its events and meetings, including public hearings, through April 13. Pinellas County (pih-NEL-ess) is located on the west central coast of the state of Florida. In 2000, 87.8% of persons age 25 or above were high school graduates, slightly above Florida's average of 84.9% for Florida. Waurishuk cites certain metrics, but admits that a certain degree of his optimism is anecdotal. Join us in sharing support for all the heroes on the frontlines. “It really is the jewel in the crown. The district, the nation's 24th largest, comprises 143 schools, including 72 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, 2 K-8 schools, 17 high schools, and 35 additional facilities including ESE, adult ed, career/technical, and charters. The north of the county also has fewer overall days of rain, but higher total annual precipitation when measured in inches, the county's south being prone to shorter, more frequent thunderstorms especially in the late summer. Pinellas County is home several institutions of higher learning, including Eckerd College, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the multi-campus St. Petersburg College, the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, and the main campus of Schiller International University in Largo,[60] after previously being located in Dunedin. In 2000, as Florida's 6th and the nation's 53rd most populous county, Pinellas has a population greater than that of the individual states of Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia. Brothers James and Daniel McMullen [12] were members of the Confederate Cow Cavalry, driving Florida cattle to Georgia and the Carolinas to help sustain the war effort. The investigation […] In 2004, Pinellas County swung the other way when George W. Bush carried the county by a narrow plurality of 49.56% (225,686 votes), with John Kerry following closely behind with 49.51% (225,460 votes)–a margin of just 226 votes. Pinellas County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty and his staff are dedicated to producing fair and equitable Property Value Assessments. Two botanical gardens are located within the county: The Florida Botanical Gardens, a part of the Pinewood Cultural Park in Largo, and Sunken Gardens, a former tourist attraction located in and now run by the City of St. Petersburg. Storck was retiring from thirty years working in the Tampa-Hillsborough library System. 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Minor League teams in the area include the Clearwater Threshers (formerly the Clearwater Phillies) who play at Spectrum Field and the Dunedin Blue Jays who play Dunedin Stadium. [4] The county is part of the Tampa–St. During fiscal year 2005-06, PSTA transported 11,400,484 passengers.[79]. Download it here. Click on Resources above, if you need a county map. The popular open-air St. Petersburg concert venue Jannus Live (formerly known as "Jannus Landing") memorializes the flight. PPLC provides digital resources, coordinated marketing, courier service between libraries, and a shared online publicly accessible catalog. The monkey was the subject of a sketch on the March 11, 2010 episode of the Colbert Report. She says one of the things that she did upon taking control was realizing that nearly two-thirds of Hillsborough Democrats lived outside of Tampa, so she reorganized the organization to make it less Tampa-centric, and more focused in eastern Hillsborough communities like Brandon, Riverview and Plant City. The Florida Orchestra splits its performances between Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Mahaffey Theater, and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — As recently as 2016, Hillsborough County was considered by national political reporters to be one of the most significant battleground counties in the … The per capita income for the county was $23,497. [26], The 35 miles of beaches and dunes which make up the county's 11 barrier islands provide habitat for coastal species, serve as critical storm protection for the inland communities, and form the basis of the area's thriving tourism industry. Many portions of south Pinellas, especially near the bay and gulf, have tropical microclimates. In 1954 the original span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was opened, replacing earlier ferry service. As of 2020, The members of the Board of County Commissioners are as follows: The county's government website won a "Sunny Award" in 2010 for its proactive disclosure of government data from Sunshine Review. Examples of commonly seen invasives include Brazilian pepper, water hyacinth, Australian pine, melaleuca Geologically, Pinellas is underlain by a series of limestone formations, the Hawthorne limestone and the Tampa limestone. The CSX railroad company operates the Clearwater Subdivision in Pinellas County, made up of segments of branch lines of the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. In the 2010 U.S. Senate election, Pinellas was one of only four Florida counties won by outgoing Republican Governor Charlie Crist, a St. Petersburg native, who won 42% of Pinellas voters running as an Independent in a three-way race with Republican nominee (and eventual winner) Marco Rubio and former Democratic U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek, who won 37% and 16.8% of the Pinellas vote, respectively. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) operates 205 buses and trolleys servicing 37 routes across the county, with major stops at all commercial centers. As of 2000, there were 921,482 people, 414,968 households, and 243,171 families residing in the county. Other major towns in the county incorporated during this time were Clearwater (1891), Dunedin (1899), and Largo (1905). Otherwise, select your area of … Official Website of Hillsborough County, Florida Government. We’re hearing that from Latinos for Trump,” he says. Extending further still from Long Bayou, the Cross Bayou Canal traverses the peninsula, crossing Pinellas Park in a northeasterly direction before emptying into Tampa Bay on the northwest side of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
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