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Manatee County

Ringling MuseumManatee County was originally discovered by Hernando De Soto in 1539. Manatee County was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. It is thought to be the landing site for the De Soto Expedition. Established in 1888, it was named for the manatee or sea cow.

Boasting countless beautiful water and beachfront communities, Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Longboat Key just to name a few, it is a hot spot for those who like to have the best of both worlds, a great place to work and raise a family as well as play hard. It attracts tourists from around the world annually.

Don’t let the sunshine, white beaches and world class golf fool you. The area offers a strong educational school system both private and public, as well as a strong, fast growing diverse business community, home to Bealls of Florida headquarters, IGM Academies, Veethree Electronics and Marine, America Finishing, Oli Teltronics, Trod Medical, along with several others.

The area has an abundance of things to do. The Ringling Museum, Mote Marine Laboratory, DeSoto National Memorial Park, Gamble Historic State Park. Manatee County is an ever growing county with many amenities for the family.