Pinellas Park

Pinellas County residents seeking a central location find it in Pinellas Park. Situated midway between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, this city of approximately 49,079 people is a community-oriented place to live.

This family-friendly community offers a variety of housing options among several neighborhoods and real estate developments, including single-family residences, golf course homes, town homes, condos and waterfront homes.

Performances
One focal point of community activity is the city-owned England Brothers Park, where annual events including the popular Country in the Park festival are held. Every third Tuesday of each month, folks gather there for a free lunchtime performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater pipe organ.

Concerts, plays and other live performances are enjoyed at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center throughout the year. The Center was completed in late 2007, seats 500, and is a multi-use facility. Currently, it is home to the Civic Orchestra, a local community chorus and the Sunstate Opera Society. The facility is also available for weddings and banquets.

horseWatch for Horses
An active parks and recreation department provides opportunities for casual or league play, and indoor and outdoor activities. It is also a very well known equestrian community in Pinellas County. Several of the parks have horse trails and the main equestrian attraction is Helen Howarth Park. Horses are commonplace enough that traffic officials saw fit to place horse crossing lights on some streets and cross walk buttons high enough so that riders can reach them.

On the weekend, residents might be found hunting for a bargain at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, a 100-acre market that attracts guests from near and far.

Factoids:
Population: 49,079 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 14.7 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: England Brothers Park, Country in the Park festival, City Auditorium, Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, The Civic Orchestra, The Sunstate Opera Society, League Play, Indoor and Outdoor Activities. Horse Trails, Helen Howarth Park. Equestrian Events, Flea Markets.

Palm Harbor

palmharbor1According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 57,439 residents make the Palm Harbor community their home.  Currently an incorporated area and largely governed by Pinellas County, Palm Harbor features a wide variety of available housing choices.  From golf course communities with a country club atmosphere to lovely historic areas, from contemporary single family neighborhoods to condominium communities with boat slips and waterfront access, Palm Harbor has something to offer just about every homebuyer.

History and Charm
The entry to Palm Harbor’s historic downtown makes quite an impression with its Gateway Art Sculptures. Recently refurbished, Old Palm Harbor Main Street has preserved eight historic structures, and is the heart of this small town with a strong sense of community. The charming brick paving and tree-canopied sidewalks make the area especially conducive to an afternoon stroll through the shops.

palmharbor2A short distance from the quaint downtown, with its mixture of retail service, and professional offices, is the main traffic artery U.S. 19, offering national chain restaurants and retailers a short distance from home. Those interested in golf will be glad to know that Innisbrook Golf Resort, a nationally regarded golf course, is located conveniently in Palm Harbor.

Activities abound for residents. The Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Department sponsors everything from dance classes and guitar lessons to kayaking and tennis for both youth and adults. The Main Street program sponsors a variety of events, including the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party and First Fridays. The first Sunday in October, the Palm Harbor Junior Women’s Club sponsors the “Taste of Palm Harbor” festival, offering samples from more than 20 local restaurants. Proceeds of the event benefit the club’s grants and scholarship program.

 

Factoids:

Population: 57,439 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 17.9 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Palm Harbor’s Historic Downtown, Gateway Art Sculptures, Brick Paving and Tree-Canopied Sidewalks, Shops, The Innisbrook Golf Resort, Dance Classes, Guitar Lessons, Kayaking, Tennis for youth and adults, Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party and First Fridays, The first Sunday in October, Taste of Palm Harbor festival.

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.

 

The Pinellas Trail

pinellas_trail_4Built along a former railroad track, the Pinellas Trail offers a respite from traffic congestion, and a way to walk, bike, jog or rollerblade from one end of the county to the other. Extending from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, a total of 47 miles and with a delightful spur to Honeymoon Island by Dunedin, this paved trail traverses woodlands and urban neighborhoods, passes quiet waterways and groves of live oaks, winds through quaint downtowns and alongside pristine beach preserves.

pinellas_trail_0Take the scenic route from one end of Pinellas County to the other – and leave the car at home. A super training ground for athletes, the trail is also family-friendly, elder-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. It is as enjoyable to stroll a mile or so along this green corridor as it is to bike the length of it. An abundance of parks, cafes and other pleasant rest stops makes the Pinellas Trail an active destination that appeals to just about everyone.

In fact, it’s Florida’s most popular recreational trail.  And, it’s only in Pinellas.