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Palm Harbor, Florida
Palm Harbor is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in the northern section of Pinellas County, Florida. The city is located north of downtown St. Petersburg and northwest of Tampa on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It has the cities of Dunedin and Clearwater to the south, Ozona to the west, and Oldsmar to the east.
This area was originally known as Sutherland, with some saying the name was inspired by the Duke of Sutherland who visited the area in 1887. Pioneers, however, dismissed the claim saying it was a contraction of Southern Land and Development Company which was responsible for its formation. It was also known as Bay St. Joseph and Yellow Bluff at some points before the present name was finally adopted in 1925. Residents have yet to have an opportunity to determine whether to have the community incorporated. It operates a special taxing district, established by Country Code 85-28, which sees to provision of recreational and library services.
There were over 59,000 people and more than 25,000 households in Palm Harbor as of 2000 census. The total housing units in the area was put at 28,044. The population has grown to 64,301, going by estimate from the 2014 census. Median household income and per capital income were estimated at $45,404 and $26,470res.The CDP boasts of many well-to-do households, with around 4.3 percent of families living below the poverty line.
Palm Harbor is mainly a residential community sprinkled with business areas. Downtown is home to numerous small businesses as well as a number of historic buildings. There is fine dining and exciting shopping experience to be had here. The Greater Harbor Chamber of Commerce can be found in downtown. Areas with higher commerce concentrations can be accessed via U.S. Highway 19, which lies about two miles east of downtown.
Among the major attractions in Palm Harbor is the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on U.S. 19, where championship golfing action can be enjoyed. The community hosts the North Pinellas Historical Museum, which houses numerous exhibits on the history of Palm Harbor and several neighboring areas from 1800s to the present day. With its proximity to Tampa, the CDP is within reach of many more popular attractions, including Florida Museum of Natural History, The Florida Aquarium and The Florida Botanical Gardens.
Palm Harbor offers great outdoor recreation. There are numerous recreational amenities for use by residents and visitors, with most of this managed by the district, Palm Harbor Community Services Agency (PHCSA). John Chestnut, Sr. Park and H.S. "Pop" Stansell Park can be found here. There is also a community activity center at 1500 16th Street.
The historic downtown plays host to several festivals and craft fairs. The Palm Harbor Citrus Festival, usually held every April, is a major event of interest. A not-for-profit organization, Old Palm Harbor Main Streets, Inc., also organizes a monthly Palm Harbor's First Friday Celebrations, which is quite popular among both older and younger residents.
Palm Harbor is a great place for the family offering parks and different festivals for enjoying your free time. It has several well-preserved historic buildings and a downtown area with shopping, dining and all forms of entertainment on offer.