Tierra Verde

tierraverde1At the southern tip of Pinellas County, where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, is a string of islands collectively called Tierra Verde. This exclusive, unincorporated area is home to 3,721 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census, with a little more than a third living in single family homes and the balance residing in condominiums and townhomes.

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Residents enjoy all the luxuries and conveniences right here with a wide range of restaurants, specialty shops, spa services, boutiques and more. The Tierra Verde Marina is a full-service facility catering to the many boaters who live nearby. The waterways, 150 to 350 feet wide and some 15 feet deep, have been especially engineered to allow the Gulf of Mexico’s tidal actions to help sweep them clean.

At the southern tip of Tierra Verde is one of the world’s most pristine and famous beaches, Fort DeSoto Park, designated as the #1 U.S. Beach in 2005 and named America’s Top Beach in 2009 by Trip Advisor.

A morning stroll on soft white sand, an afternoon of fishing, or an evening out at a fine restaurant can all be found “at home” when home is Tierra Verde. But should you want to venture out, St. Petersburg is only 15 minutes away, and downtown Tampa can be reached in 35 minutes.

Factoids:

Population: 3,721 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 1.5 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Fort De Soto Park – At the southern tip of Tierra Verde. Tierra Verde Marina.

Seminole

seminole1Having recently annexed four nearby communities, the population of Seminole has grown to 17,233 according to the 2010 U.S. Census which is a jump from the tally of just under 11,000 residents according to the 2000 U.S. Census.  It’s a quaint and clean community only two miles from the beaches. Economically, Seminole is thriving with a low unemployment rate that hums along in a mostly service-based economy.

Demographics Shift
Along with the growth in population has come a major shift in demographics. The median age has dropped from nearly 60 to 49.5. Traditionally popular with retirees, Seminole is now becoming the hometown of choice for many young families.

The mix in demographics is served well by the wide variety of housing from which to select.  Seminole residents have the option of condominiums, villas, town homes and single-family residences in settings that range from luxurious country club communities to affordable family neighborhoods.

Education Reputation
One of the reasons young families have flocked to Seminole is good schools. Over the years, Seminole has built a reputation for having a very good educational establishment. According to Seminole’s Mayor Jimmy Johnson, it’s because of the staff. “We have excellent teachers and staff,” he said. “They are who make the schools so good.” He went on to say that just about everyone in town lives within walking distance of a school.

Seminole maintains five parks and recreation centers – all offering superb amenities.  Residents can take a dance class at the recreation complex, cool off with the kids at the aquatic center, or meet neighbors for a match at the tennis club. Locals gather to play softball or basketball or just drop a line in a fishing lake. The spectacular Seminole City Park, with its band shell and picnic gazebos, is host to all kinds of community events. Each spring much of the town turns out for the Pow Wow Festival, a three-day old-fashioned community celebration.

Factoids:
Population: 17,233 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 2.47 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Five parks and Recreation centers, Dance Class, Aquatic center, Tennis Club, Softball, Basketball Fishing, The Pow Wow Festival.