Tampa

Hillsborough County Year Founded: 1887 History The Tocobaga Indians lived in the Tampa Bay area for about four hundred years prior to the arrival of the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition in 1528. Notes from those explorers referred to Tampa as “Bahia de la Cruz,” or “the best harbor in the world.” After a disastrous journey

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Tarpon Springs

Pinellas County Year Founded: 1887 History A.P.K. Safford, a former governor of Arizona, established this city around 1880. The name is said to have originated with a remark of Mrs. Ormand Boyer, who had come here with her father from South Carolina and who, while standing on the shores of the bayou and seeing many

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Tavares

Lake County Year Founded: 1925 History Major St. Clair Abrams founded Tavares in 1880. Tavares was named for a Spanish ancestor of Major Abrams and is Portuguese for “the Hub.” Abrams was in hopes that it would become the capital of Florida. Tavares was elected as the county seat for the newly formed Lake County

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Temple Terrace

Hillsborough County Year Founded: 1925 Founded by: Mrs. Bertha Honore Palmer History Exploration of the Temple Terrace area dates back to 1757 when the Spanish Royal Fleet made its way up the Hillsborough River to what is now Riverhills Park. An historic marker and a replica of the cross erected to honor St. Theresa is

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Tequesta

Palm Beach County Year Founded: 1957 Founded by: Charles Martyn Previously known as: None History Uniquely situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Loxahatchee River, the Village of Tequesta is home to approximately 5,800 residents, including many celebrities and sports figures. During the winter season, the population increases dramatically. Founded by Developer Charles Martyn in

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Sanford

Seminole County History Sanford sits on the south shore of Lake Monroe at the head of navigation on the St. Johns River. During the Second Seminole War in the 1830′s, the area was the site of a U.S. Army post named Fort Mellon. As settlers moved into the area, the town of Mellonville was established.

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Sanibel

Lee County Year Founded: 1974 History In 1884, the Sanibel Lighthouse was constructed on the eastern part of the Island as a navigational aid for the cattlemen on the mainland. The cattlemen had an active trade with Cuba and needed the channels safe in San Carlos Bay. During this time, the Federal Government was looking

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Sarasota

Sarasota County Year Founded: 1902 History The origin of the place-name “Sarasota” is unknown. Some believe it was named Sara de Soto after the daughter of Hernando de Soto and an unknown Indian woman. Others believe the name is derived from an Indian word meaning “Place of the Dance” (a festival gathering place). The name

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South Palm Beach

Palm Beach County History The Town of South Palm Beach is a beautiful community of 1,539 (approx.) residents located in Palm Beach County on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intercoastal Waterway on the west. In 1948 two Finish brothers, Ames and Anton Aksila, visited this area and were

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St. Pete Beach

Pinellas County Year Founded: 1957 Previously known as: St. Petersburg Beach History The city was incorporated in 1957 with the consolidation of the Towns of Pass-a-Grille, Don CeSar, Belle Vista, St. Petersburg Beach and unincorporated Pinellas County to become the “City of St. Petersburg Beach.” In 1994, the citizens voted to shorten the name to

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