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Pinellas County

Clearwater PierPinellas County has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, providing something for everyone who loves the water, whether it be boating, sailing, fishing, skiing, parasailing or simply grabbing a few rays at the beach. Pinellas has some of the finest public and semi-private golf courses for both amateurs and professionals, including Innisbrook Resort, famous for the PGA Transitions Championship Tour held every year. The tropical climate is a major draw for people all over the world. Pinellas County offers and extends an invitation to many small business owners in the tourism and manufacturing industries.

It’s not all play, Pinellas County offers quality schools, colleges and universities, outstanding arts and recreational facilities as well as some of the best healthcare services offered in the country including All Children’s Hospital. With a relatively low cost of living and progressive employment opportunities, it draws people to the area from around the nation.

St. Petersburg’s downtown is located on one of the most beautiful waterfront parks, and is fast becoming one of the most attractive, livable and viable downtowns in the country.

While it offers an array of attractions including world-class museum exhibitions, major league sports home of the Tampa Bay Rays; it hosts the Honda Grand Prix every year. It is also well known for its 46 mile biking/rollerblading trail. St. Petersburg also boasts a strong educational school system, both public and private, providing many educational opportunities.

Known for its history in tourism, as shown in these 1920’s hotels such as the Vinoy, overlooking the St. Petersburg Marina, and the beautiful “pink palace” the Don Cesar Hotel. The Pink Palace quickly became a favorite romping ground for the rich and famous of the Great Gatsby era, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow, Al Capone and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Clearwater is home to the best “City Beach”. Chartered as a municipality in 1915, while boasting Florida’s only destination with two #1 Best Beaches, it is one of Florida’s most popular vacation spots. The Clearwater area offers the best in art and culture, through its world-class museums, and theaters including Ruth Eckerd Hall offering a wide range of performances. Festivals that occur nearly every weekend as well as “hands-on” venues for children.

Tarpon Springs came to boom in 1887 when the wealthy Northerners came to this popular destination and built beautiful Victorian mansions; established churches, schools, hotels and started businesses. Because the waters surrounding the area were teaming with sponges, in 1905 John Cocoris recruited divers from Greece to develop a flourishing sponge industry which generates millions of dollars each year. Their families in turn migrated here and created a Mediterranean mystique with Greek and Greek influenced restaurants, pastry shops and markets in the famed Sponge Dock District. Every year Epiphany is celebrated where Greek Americans come to witness his holiness in the ceremonial throwing of a wooden cross into the city’s Spring Bayou, and boys ages 16 to 18 dive in to retrieve it. Whoever recovers the cross is said to be blessed for a full year. Following the blessings, the celebration moves to the renowned Sponge Docks where food and music are in abundance.