In 1923, the Paul Dickman and his family owned a land full of mangroves and low-elevated which was used yearly for grazing pasture and farming only. The land was considered not fit to live in so in the 1930s, Paul came up with a plan to establish a waterfront neighborhood since he realized that the place is located halfway between Tampa and Bradenton along US Route 41. They designed a subdivision inclusive of schools, community services, recreation areas, canals and great roads by availing of services of Radar Engineering from Miami. read more…
In 1923, the Paul Dickman and his family owned a land full of mangroves and low-elevated which was used yearly for grazing pasture and farming only. The land was considered not fit to live in so in the 1930s, Paul came up with a plan to establish a waterfront neighborhood since he realized that the place is located halfway between Tampa and Bradenton along US Route 41. They designed a subdivision inclusive of schools, community services, recreation areas, canals and great roads by availing of services of Radar Engineering from Miami.
Dickman sold the land to Turner, Clark and Dean from New York in the early 1950s and eventually the land was named Tampa Beach to attract people, with the intention to extend the canal to Tampa Bay for easy access to open water. The construction was incomplete when the three men decided to sell the property due to lack of funds, to Francis Corr from Michigan who changed the name of the place to La Vida Beach. In 1958 however, his wife Dorothy recommended the name be finally changed to Apollo Beach. 50 homes were initially constructed by Mr. Corr in the area between US 41 and Golf & Sea Boulevard.
Thomas Corr, the son of Francis Corr migrated to the place with his young family to pursue completion of the Apollo Beach project but continued to struggle with expired permits, regulatory hurdles and tightening growth policy in Florida. In spite of these, Thomas still proceeded in the development of the district and bestowed parcels of land for schools, parks and hundreds of acres to preserve mangrove swamps. A community bank and chamber of commerce were created by Thomas as well as civic clubs and festivals. He died in 1998 and in 2006, Hillsborough County named the new elementary school on Big Bend Road the “Thomas P. Corr Elementary School” to honor his achievements.
At present, Apollo Beach is a waterfront neighborhood thriving with year-round fishing, boating and lots of water activities with its 55 miles of canals leading to Tampa Bay. Apollo Beach is perfect for young families and young professionals that choose to live in a community with the small town feel but close to the Gulf andenjoy amenities of nearby huge cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg. It has an extensive variety of new houses in family-friendly gated communities, townhomes and condos that offer playgrounds, swimming pools, jogging/walking trails and sidewalks.
The Wellspring Club amenity center is at the heart of this community featuring a 14,000 square-foot area with fantastic lagoon-style pool, fitness center, ballroom area, internet café, billiards table and card room, tennis and bocce ball courts. There are also restaurants within Apollo Beach such as Manatee Bay Café, Dolphin Grill & Affair, Surfside Grill, Circles Waterfront Restaurant, Incognito Lounge, Yanagi Oriental Garden, San Remo Pizza among others.
There are lots of great parks on the water featuring the Alafia River State Parkand the Apollo Beach Nature Park, which offersequestrian and campingas well as hiking and biking trails. Numerous golf courses consist of the public Apollo Beach Golf and Sea Club, Sandpiper Golf Club, Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, and the Golf Club at Cypress Creek. There are others like the private Falcon Watch Golf Club, North Lakes Golf Course, Caloosa Greens Executive Golf Club, and the Bay Palms Golf Complex.
Manatee Viewing Center is also located at Apollo Beach featuring close up observations of manatees, butterfly gardens, a new mangrove exhibit,an extensive gift shop and the biggest installation of solar panels by Tampa Electric.
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