St. Petersburg

Pinellas County Year Founded: 1903 History The city’s name is derived from Russia’s St. Petersburg. When the Orange Belt Railroad was being constructed down to this part of the West Coast in 1887, its president was Peter Demens, a Russian who by birth had changed his own name from Dementief. Tales differ as to just

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Stuart

Martin County Year Founded: 1914 Previously known as: Potsdam History Stuart and the surrounding areas have close ties with Florida’s Spanish and Seminole Indian heritage. Stuart sits on the St. Lucie River, which has appeared on maps long before pioneers reached the area. In 1565, Pedro Menendez was sailing to Havana from St. Augustine for

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Sunny Isles Beach

Miami-Dade County Year Founded: Incorporated in 1997 Founded by: Sunny Isles Beach Charter Commission Previously known as: Sunny Isles History In 1920, Harvey Baker Graves, a private investor from Rochester, New York, purchased a 2.26 square mile tract of land for development as a tourist resort. He began to look for investors to develop motels

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Sunrise

Broward County Year Founded: 1961 History In 1960, developer Norman Johnson and others purchased some land to construct a group of residences called Sunset Golf Homes. To attract people, an upside down house was constructed. Once people saw the upside down house, they took note of the area and its potential. Homes and businesses rapidly

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Sweetwater

Miami-Dade County Year Founded: 1941 History The history of Sweetwater actually began during the Florida land boom of the 1920′s when the Miami-Pittsburgh Land Company purchased acreage and laid out the original plat of “Sweetwater Groves”. However, the 1926 Hurricane and subsequent South Florida real estate “bust” put an abrupt end to the development venture.

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach County Year Founded: 1893 Founded by: Henry M. Flager History When the first settlers arrived in what was to become Palm Beach, the entire area was known as “Lake Worth”, named for Major General William Jenkins Worth who fought in the Second Seminole War. Pioneers struggled to clear land for their houses and

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Panama City

Bay County Year Founded: 1905 Founded by: G.M. West, R.L. McKenzie, A.J. Gay and A.B. Steele Previously known as: Floriopolis in 1885, Park Resort in 1888, and Harrison in 1889 History Panama City celebrated its centennial in 2009 but the town is actually a few years older than that. For centuries, the magnificent area that

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Pinecrest

Miami-Dade County Year Founded: 1996 Founded by: Evelyn Langlieb Greer & Gary Matzner History During the early 1900s, Miami pioneer and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler used the property at US 1 and Southwest 102 Street as a staging area during the construction of the Overseas Railroad to the Florida Keys. In the 1930s, the area’s

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Polk City

Polk County Year Founded: 192 Founded by: Isaac Van Horn Previously known as: Town of Polk City History In 1922, Isaac Van Horn laid out a town in northwest Polk, which was given the name of Polk City. Mr. Van Horn realized what a great place this would be for a city and immediately began

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Port Orange

Volusia County Year Founded: 1913 History Originally incorporated as the “Town” of Port Orange in 1867, the “City” of Port Orange was chartered in 1925. The owners of the Dun-Lawton plantation with its sugar mill were the first occupants of this site. Indians destroyed it in 1836. In 1861, Edward Archibald McDaniel established a plant

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