Mild winters with lots of sunshine and summers tempered by the cool long breezes from the Gulf of Mexico make Palm Harbor a pleasant choice. Temperatures average 64F in winter, and about 81F in the summer. The average annual rainfall is 50 inches, with most falling in late afternoon thundershowers from June through September.
To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1st of the school year. To enter first grade, a child must have satisfactorily completed kindergarten and be six on or before September 1st of the school year. For enrollment, Florida schools require dated immunization records, proof of a physical exam by a licensed physician within the last 12 months, and a birth certificate. School assignments are determined by parents’ or guardians’ place of residence. For school zone information, contact the Pinellas County Pupil Assignment Department at 727-586-1818.
The 1985 State Legislature provided a special status for Palm Harbor, protecting it from annexation by surrounding municipalities and providing a mechanism for citizens to levy by referendum special purpose taxes to fund services not provided by the county.
Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, Inc. (PHCSA) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation with a seven member board of directors and two representatives from Palm Harbor Friends of the Library, two representatives from the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, one county-at-large position, and two from the Recreation League.
This Board of Directors oversees operations, programs, maintenance of facilities of the Palm Harbor Library and Palm Harbor Recreation Department. The Board meets monthly (second Wednesday at 7pm at the Palm Harbor Library public invited). Funding for the Library & Recreation Department is in part from special-purpose taxes. As of 1998, the total millage rate levied in Palm Harbor for recreation programs was .25 mills, and .25 mills for library programs.
Historical Palm Harbor
People began occupying the area now known as Palm Harbor as early as 1860. Between 1864 and 1925 Palm harbor went through three names and was a pioneer town, a farming center, a developer’s dream, a resort town and a college town.
Even before the Civil War, pioneers began to trek southward to Florida, including the Palm Harbor area. The year round warm weather made the area conducive to farming, citrus groves, and fishing. Warm mineral springs gave birth to spas and health resorts. Some citrus groves are still in existence, and fishing & farming still provide a livelihood to some area residents.
For a day of relaxation, visit one of our resorts, parks, or nearby beaches. For a step back in time, stroll down Florida Avenue in historic downtown Palm Harbor where many of the early buildings remain, open and welcoming just as they were in the beginning. Business services, beauty and barber facilities, dining, shopping and the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce are located in the downtown area. Make a special visit to the North Pinellas Historical Museum at Belcher Road & Curlew for a look back at history. www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/north_historical_museum.htm
Located east of US 19 on East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, this unincorporated area is currently comprised of over 5,749 occupied households. The East Lake area of Palm Harbor has East Lake Community Librarywww.eastlakelibrary.org and is located in the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District, which follows the identical boundaries as the East Lake Taxing District. Brooker Creek Preserve is located off of East Lake Rd. in the northeast corner of Pinellas County. This 8,000 acre preserve established by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners is truly a wilderness island in the middle of urbanization.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal Beach is an older community with a mix of unique older homes as well as new houses. At the west end of Crystal Beach Ave. is Live Oak City Park.
The real history of Crystal Beachbegins in 1912 when two gentlemen from Texas took over a development started by Mr. Avery and Mr. Rebstock & Co., which they named Crystal Beach after a place near their home in Canada. The Texans, Dr. J.D. Hanby and Mr. A.D. Powers, laid out the streets in squares, leaving a parkway and a road all along the Gulf so all residents could have access to the water. Their brochure read, “We will forever hold this strip of land as a park for the use of the residents of Crystal Beach.” Land was also set aside for Live Oak Park which at that time had a fountain and pool with fish in it. Crystal Beach has never been incorporated and the Community Club, which was organized in 1941, has been the surrogate government.
Founded as a gulf-front fishing village and located west of Alt US 19 (just south of Crystal Beach), this community was first called Yellow Bluff for a high mound of yellow sand visible from the bay. It was settled by a couple of doctors from Chicago and St. Louis who brought down asthmatic patients and later made it their home. The story goes that the name Yellow Bluff was discarded because of the unpopularity at the time of any name suggestive of yellow fever. The doctors are said to have suggested “Ozona” because of the invigorating gulf breezes. Ozona,older than Palm Harbor , has its own Post Office and elementary school. A focal point of Ozona is the Ozona Village Hall. Built in 1900 with money raised primarily from bake sales, the hall was and still is the social and political center of Ozona. The hall is home to OVIS (OzonaVillage Improvement Society).
- Palm Harbor is approximately 45 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa. Palm Harbor is largely a residential community with several concentrations of commerce. Downtown Palm Harbor, north of Tampa Rd., is host to many quaint shops and restaurants along with several historic buildings.Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a nationally-regarded golf course, is located off U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.
- Located on the Gulf of Mexico, midway down the Florida peninsula, the community of Palm Harbor has a short but rich history, a prosperous present, and a most promising future.Palm Harbor, unlike most of coastal Florida, terrain rises from the Gulf of Mexico to an average elevation of 25 feet, with some land as high as 80 feet above sea level. Palm Harbor residents enjoy all the advantages of a major city while living in an attractive suburban setting.
Palm Harbor is known for its excellent public schools, all are rated “A” by the state and have scores of 9s or 10s from Great Schools.
Downtown Palm Harbor
The historic downtown district of Palm Harbor, at Florida Avenue and Alt. US 19 and CR 1, has numerous festivals and craft fairs. Old Palm Harbor Main Streets, hosts their signature event the first Friday of each month.
Palm Harbor’s First Friday Celebrations are popular community events for youngsters and adults alike. There are rides and games for the children, with opportunities to dine on food from the many local restaurants, enjoy local artists & crafters displaying and selling their wares.
Annually, the first Sunday in October marks when the “Taste of Palm Harbor” festival is held. The event is sponsored by the Palm Harbor Junior Women’s Club with the proceeds benefiting their “Making a Difference” grants & scholarships program. The Taste of Palm Harbor offers live music and the tasting of samples from over 20 of the local restaurants.
The name was changed to Palm Harbor in 1925. Palm Harbor was originally settled by pioneers including the Thompsons ca 1865, the Whitehursts, the Hollands, the Tinneys, the Suttons, the Rivieres, the Bensons, the Roberts, the Aldermans and the Wilsons. J.C. Craver was the first Northerner to permanently settle in this portion of Hillsborough County.
According to Craver’s diary, still in the family, he came here in the winter of 1877 upon the advice of his physician. A post office commission under the name of Bay St. Joseph was granted in 1878, this being the earliest written record of the community. The name Bay St. Joseph was used only a short time before Yellow Bluff replaced it. But that name proved relatively short-lived, as a few years later its negative connotation with the yellow fever epidemic gave way to its present name.
Palm Harbor was originally called Sutherland after a post office was granted in 1888, the same year the railroad came through. Sutherland boasted two beautiful hotels, the larger one becoming Southern College in 1902. It sat high on the bluff overlooking Sutherland Bayou and the Gulf of Mexico. Sutherland was thought to be named after Duke of Sutherland, who visited these parts after landing at Tarpon Springs in 1887.
Palm Harbor also has a unique “hilly” geography which is uncommon in the relatively flat Florida.Demographics There were 25,461 households in Palm Harbor out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.1% of all households in Palm Harbor were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
The average household size in Palm Harbor was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.79.As of the census of 2000, there were 59,248 people, 25,461 households, and 16,906 families residing in Palm Harbor. The population density was 1,276.6/km² (3,306.8/mi²). There were 28,044 housing units at an average density of 604.2/km² (1,565.2/mi²). The racial makeup of Palm Harbor was 95.83% Caucasian, 0.97% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.
In Palm Harbor the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in Palm Harbor was $45,404, and the median income for a family was $52,925. Males had a median income of $41,003 versus $29,287 for females. The per capita income for Palm Harbor was $26,470. About 4.3% of families and 5.5% of the population were considered below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce
It acts as a spokesman for the business and professional community and translates into action the group thinking of its members
It renders specific services of a type that an be most effectively rendered by a community organization both to its members and to the community as a whole.The Board of Directors, the policy making body of the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, represents the business and professional leadership of the community. The Board consists of not less than 15 members; one third are elected each year for a three year term.
The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is financed primarily by the investments of its members. Special projects are also conducted throughout the year such as the Palm Harbor Arts, Crafts & Music Festival in December, Golf Tournaments, and others.
Hospitals/medical centers near Palm Harbor:
- MEASE HOSPITAL DUNEDIN Acute Care Hospitals, Government – Local, provides emergency services, about 5 miles away; DUNEDIN, FL
- HELEN ELLIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Other, provides emergency services, about 5 miles away; TARPON SPRINGS, FL
- MEASE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, about 7 miles away; SAFETY HARBOR, FL
Amtrak stations near Palm Harbor:
College/University in Palm Harbor:
- CentralFlorida Institute Full-time enrollment: 868; Location: 30522 US Hwy 19 N Ste 300; Private, for-profit; Website: www.cfinstitute.com
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palm Harbor:
- St Petersburg College (about 14 miles; Clearwater, FL; Full-time enrollment: 9,555)
- Pasco–Hernando Community College (about 15 miles; New Port Richey, FL; FT enrollment:4,159)
- The University of Tampa (about 21 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 5,429)
- Hillsborough Community College (about 21 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 11,277)
- University of South Florida-Main Campus (about 21 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 27,329)
- University of South Florida–St. Petersburg Campus (about 24 miles;
- St. Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,227)
- Everest University-Brandon (about 26 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 2,266)
Public high school in Palm Harbor:
Private high schools in Palm Harbor:
Public elementary/middle schools in Palm Harbor:
- PALM HARBOR MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1378; Location: 1800 TAMPA RD, Palm Harbor)
- JOSEPH L. CARWISE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1287; Location: 3301 BENTLEY DR, Palm Harbor)
- CYPRESS WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 353; Location: 4900 CYPRESS WOODS BLVD, Palm Harbor)
- OZONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 343; Location: 601 TAMPA RD, Palm Harbor)
- HIGHLAND LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 342; Location: 1230 HIGHLANDS BLVD, Palm Harbor)
- CURLEW CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 329; Location: 3030 CURLEW RD, Palm Harbor)
- LAKE ST. GEORGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 317; Location: 2855 COUNTY RD 95, Palm Harbor)
- SUTHERLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 309; Location: 3150 BELCHER RD, Palm Harbor)
- PALM HARBOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 213; Location: 415 15TH ST, Palm Harbor)
Private elementary/middle schools in Palm Harbor:
- WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 303; Location: 1551 BELCHER RD, Palm Harbor;Grades: KG
- PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY (Students: 227; Location: 2355 NEBRASKA AVE, Palm Harbor; Grades: PK
- NEW HORIZONS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (Students: 203; Location: 2060 NEBRASKA AVE, Palm Harbor; Grades: PK – 5)
- SCHOOL OF THE SUNCOAST (Students: 80; Location: 1857 CURLEW RD, Palm Harbor; Grades:KG – 7)
- SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL (Students: 20; Location: 2109 NEBRASKA AVE, Palm Harbor; Grades:UG – UG)
- HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER (Students: 17; Location: 33223 US HIGHWAY 19 N, Palm Harbor; Grades:2 – 10)
Banks with most branches in Palm Harbor
- SunTrust Bank: County Road 1 Branch, East Lakes Woodlands Branch, Lansbrook Branch, Palm Harbor Branch. Info updated 11/24/2010: Bank assets: $164,556.8 mil, Deposits:$123,435.4 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1732 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
- Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Boot Ranch Branch, Ridgemoor Branch, Palm Harbor Branch. Info updated 12/01/2010: Bank assets: $1,070,489.0 mil, Deposits:$811,027.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6537 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
- Regions Bank: Lansbrook Branch, The Palm Harbor Branch, Alternate 19 Branch. Info updated02/09/2009: Bank assets: $129,067.7 mil, Deposits: $99,803.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1784total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
- Bank of America, National Association: Lake St. George Branch, Palm Harbor Branch, Tarpon Woods Branch. Info updated 11/18/2009: Bank assets: $1,489,198.0 mil, Deposits: $1,021,724.0 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5991 total offices, Holding Company:Bank Of America Corporation
- Anderen Bank: East Lake Branch at 3412 East Lake Road,Palm Harbor, branch established on11/15/2007; at 3412 East Lake Road, branch established on 11/15/2007. Info updated06/09/2008: Bank assets: $19.8 mil, Deposits: $15.9 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Anderen Financial, Inc.
- Whitney National Bank: Palm Harbor Branch at 35388 Us Hwy 19 North, branch established on11/21/1985; Messenger Sevice Branch at 35388 Us Hwy 19 North, branch established on02/20/2000. Info updated 12/22/2008: Bank assets: $11,499.5 mil, Deposits: $8,867.1 mil, headquarters in New Orleans, LA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 171 total offices, Holding Company: Whitney Holding Corporation
- Fifth Third Bank: Palm Harbor Branch at 1100 East Lake Road, branch established on08/16/1995; Palm Harbor Branch at 1027 Nebraska Avenue, branch established on 02/04/1971. Info updated 10/05/2009: Bank assets: $110,197.0 mil, Deposits: $83,619.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1368total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
- Branch Banking and Trust Company: Lake Saint George Branch at 3400 Tampa Road, branch established on 04/30/2007; Palm Harbor Branch at 35098 Us Hwy 19 North, branch established on 02/01/1936. Info updated 03/29/2010: Bank assets: $151,545.4 mil, Deposits: $105,623.4 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1795 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
- Patriot Bank: Palm Harbor Branch at 1103 Florida Avenue, branch established on 04/16/2007. Info updated 11/03/2006: Bank assets: $14.0 mil, Deposits: $11.5 mil, headquarters in Trinity, FL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices
- 4 other banks with 4 local branches
Fire-safe hotels and motels in Palm Harbor, Florida:
- Knights Inn, 34106 Us Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 , Phone: (727) 789-2002, Fax: (727) 784-6206
- Red Roof Inn, 32000 Us Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 , Phone: (727) 786-2529, Fax: (813) 786-7462
- Starwood Hotel & Resorts, 36750 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 , Phone: (800) 456-2000
- Best Western Palm Harbor, 37611 Us Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, Phone: (727) 942-0358, Fax: (727) 938-9826
Strongest AM radio stations in Palm Harbor
WFLA 970 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WMGG 820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE
- WHNZ 1250 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WLVU 1470 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
- WTIS 1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: WTIS-AM, INC.
- WQYK 1010 AM; 50 kW; SEFFNER, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF TAMPA
- WDAE 620 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WTMP 1150 AM; 10 kW; EGYPT LAKE, FL; Owner: TAMPA BROADCASTING, LTD.
- WWMI 1380 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: ABC, INC.
- WTBN 570 AM; 5 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.
- WWBA 1040 AM; 4 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
- WFLF 540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
Strongest FM radio stations in Palm Harbor
- WBBY (107.3 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
- WXTB 97.9 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WRBQ-FM 104.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WDUV 105.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WSSR 95.7 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WSUN-FM 97.1 FM; HOLIDAY, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC
- WPOI 101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WWRM 94.9 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
- WFLZ-FM 93.3 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WMTX 100.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WQYK-FM 99.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA
- WTBT 103.5 FM; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WYUU 92.5 FM; SAFETY HARBOR, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WUSF 89.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF S. FLORIDA
- WBVM 90.5 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE/ST. PETERSBURG)
- WYFE 88.9 FM; TARPON SPRINGS, FL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
- WSJT 94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WLLD 98.7 FM; HOLMES BEACH, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WHPT 102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WLPJ 91.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK
TV broadcast stations around Palm Harbor
- W36CO Channel 36; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
- W48AY Channel 48; OLDSMAR, FL; Owner: AMKA BROADCAST NETWORK, INC.
- WTSP Channel 10; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
- W33CC Channel 33;ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
- WEDU Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC
- WARP-CA Channel 20; TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: SUNSHINE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
- WXAX-LP Channel 26; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORP.
- WFLA-TV Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
- WFTS-TV Channel 28;TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.
- WTOG Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
- WXPX Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC
- WUSF-TV Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
- WRMD-LP Channel 57; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ZGS TELEVISION OF TAMPA, INC.
- W61AI Channel 61; ROCK HARBOR, FL; Owner: MAKO COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
- WTTA Channel 38; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: BAY TELEVISION, INC.
- WFTT Channel 50; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TELEFUTURA TAMPA LLC
- WTVT Channel 13; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TVT LICENSE, INC.
- WCLF Channel 22; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION CORPORATION, INC.
- WTAM-LP Channel 6; TAMPA, FL; Owner: U.S. INTERACTIVE, L.L.C.
- WVEA-LP Channel 61; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
- WMOR-LP Channel 63; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
- WMOR-TV Channel 32; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
- WSPF-CA Channel 35; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CITY OF
- ST. PETERSBURG
- W56EB Channel 56; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
- WSVT-LP Channel 18; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.