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Largo

Located in the Tampa Bay area, Largo is the third largest city in Pinellas County, Florida. It touches the Intracoastal Waterway to the southwest and Tampa Bay to the northeast.

The early settlers included Timucua Indian tribes. Because Florida’s climate was hot, they wore little clothing – men were clad only in deerskin breechcloths, and their faces and bodies were adorned with brightly colored markings. The Timucuans cultivated cornfields, built homes, and engaged in trading with the tribes of the north. The Timucuans showed great resistance when Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez landed on the Pinellas Peninsula in 1528. By 1823, Count Odet Phillippe — a surgeon in Napoleon’s army — became the first permanent settler in Pinellas County. Other settlers followed all throughout the 1800s. read more…

Located in the Tampa Bay area, Largo is the third largest city in Pinellas County, Florida. It touches the Intracoastal Waterway to the southwest and Tampa Bay to the northeast.

The early settlers included Timucua Indian tribes. Because Florida’s climate was hot, they wore little clothing – men were clad only in deerskin breechcloths, and their faces and bodies were adorned with brightly colored markings. The Timucuans cultivated cornfields, built homes, and engaged in trading with the tribes of the north. The Timucuans showed great resistance when Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez landed on the Pinellas Peninsula in 1528. By 1823, Count Odet Phillippe — a surgeon in Napoleon’s army — became the first permanent settler in Pinellas County. Other settlers followed all throughout the 1800s.

Post-war Largo saw residents engaging in farming, ranching, and raising citrus. It was in 1888 when the Orange Belt Railway reached the Largo area. The place underwent name changes — from Lake Tolulu, it was renamed Lake Largo, then residents of the community west of the lake eventually adopted the name Largo.

Largo started out as a rural farming community, exporting agricultural products until the 1960s, and it was transformed with the steady arrival of people. Largo was incorporated back in 1905. Largo is noted to be the first municipality in Pinellas County to adopt a town manager form of government in 1913. Switching back and forth from “town” to “city” a few times Largo became a city again in 1974.

Between 1905 and 2010, the city’s population swelled from 300 to 70,000. Largo became a thriving community of more than 74,000 residents. Dwellers who favored Florida’s Suncoast have seen such landmark projects as the Largo public library, central park, and cultural center. The central park has eight picnic pavilions, restroom facilities, and a disabled-friendly playground. Its rolling grounds and fountains make it stand out as one of the finest parks in the county.

Largo today remains a city in constant progress. A Community Redevelopment Act that underwent several amendments guided the City of Largo City Commission in 1997 in the efforts to revitalize the bustling city. It mainly covered the West Bay Drive Community Redevelopment District and the Clearwater-Largo Road Community Redevelopment District.

Largo, Florida attractions include museums such as those in St. Petersburg on the waterfront of Tampa Bay. Visiting a museum can be fun and informative, and offers a unique environment of learning and inspiration. Students and travelers get to experience the relationship between math and nature. Another scenic spot is the botanical garden that showcases flora and fauna, delighting families who get to visit the place.

After all the sightseeing and exploration, Largo visitors as well as locals may enjoy a diverse dining scene. Restaurants serving authentic French, German, Greek, Italian, and American cuisines abound. There are so many enticing entrées offered by the restaurants and bistros in Largo. Along with these pockets of interesting restaurants, there are a multitude of shops and tastefully developed beachside areas. Visitors may book accommodations in inns, hotels, and vacation homes just a few miles away from the beach or from the Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.


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