A SHORT HISTORY
The City of Seminole was incorporated November, 15, 1970 with Russell Stewart elected the first mayor of Seminole. The is event was commemorated by a plaque located in the Seminole Mall located on 113th street. The form of government in the city is a City Council with a City Manager to manage the affairs of the city. The titles of Mayor and Vice-Mayor are awarded by a vote of the elected City Council. The Mayor has a three-year term and six Councilors are elected in City-wide elections with three-year overlapping terms.
Seminole occupies approximately 5.3 square miles with a 2008 population of 18,862 with 12,939 registered voters. The Greater Seminole area, which is serviced by the Fire Department, Library and Recreation Divisions has a population of about 80,000. The City is located on Florida‘s West Coast in West Central Pinellas County. Seminole is only 1.5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and is halfway between Clearwater to the north and St. Petersburg to the south.
Seminole is a full service city, including professional administration, finance, library, recreation, community development, fire, public works, sanitation, and recycling services Sewage is treated by Pinellas County through a long-term agreement. Pinellas County provides City water supply. Sanitation and recycling services are contracted through Waste Management, Inc. and the transportation service is contracted with the countywide public transportation system. The Pinellas County Cooperative provides library services. Finally, law enforcement services are provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.
Seminole demographic studies indicate that the city population has almost doubled from 1999 to the present population of 18,862 estimated in 2008. Personal income average is $44,028 and median age is 44.9 years. the principal employers in are as follows: Freedom Square, St. Petersburg College, Home Depot, Lake Seminole Square, Publix Super Markets, Target , City of Seminole, Tandem Health Care, Suncoast Chrysler Jeep, U.S. Post Office and Winn-Dixie.
A Look Back
Nov. 15, 1970: City incorporates at a meeting at SeminoleMall by a vote of 823 to 72.
1973: City of Seminole builds first recreation facility: eight horseshoe courts.
1974: City of Seminole buys land at 7464 Ridge Road for $200,000 for city, park, lake and new City Hall.
April 1, 1984: Seminole tops 5,000 residents.
April 1985: Seminole buys 9.6 acres on 113th Street for $520,000. Land later becomes site of post office and city library.
June 1985: City annexes Seminole Gardens apartments, adding 1,000 residents.
Dec. 12, 1989: Seminole attempts to annex 4,000 people. It gets only a fraction of that number. The city does not hold another referendum on annexation until 1999.
Oct. 9, 1991: City of Seminole agrees to buy former church on 113th Street as a future recreational complex. Cost is $1.5 million. City later spends an additional $1 million to increase the size of the property to 15 acres.
Aug. 16, 1992: Seminole opens a $1.5 million library.
Sept. 8, 1994: Seminole voters decide to change from a strong mayor form of government to a city manager form.
May 1995: City of Seminole hires Frank Edmunds of Newmarket, N.H., as its first city manager. He begins work in July.
January 1996: Seminole hires new fire chief, Vicki L. Murphy, the first female fire chief in Pinellas County and only the seventh woman in the country to be a paid fire chief. She resigns July 1, 2000.
Sept. 14, 1999: Voters approve spending $5.8 million to expand and renovate the recreation center at 9100 113th St. N. It is the largest capital project in the Seminole‘s history. The project cost later increases to a total of $6.1 million.
June 13, 2000: Voters in three unincorporated neighborhoods overwhelmingly approve joining the City ofSeminole, nearly doubling its size and substantially adding to its tax base. Seminole‘s population jumps from 9,000 to 14,000.
September 2000: City of Seminole enters into an agreement with St. Petersburg Junior College to build a $6.8 million joint use library, scheduled for completion in 2003, on the school’s Seminole campus.
November 15, 2000: City of Seminole celebrates its 30th anniversary
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|Coordinates: 27°50′19″N 82°47′6″WCoordinates: 27°50′19″N 82°47′6″W|
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (7 km2)|
|• Land||2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|• Density||4,033.3/sq mi (1,555.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0290826|
Seminole is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The population of Seminole was 10,890 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 19,195. St. Petersburg College has a campus in the city of Seminole.
Seminole is located at 27°50′19″N 82°47′6″W (27.838502, -82.784913). It is surrounded by Pinellas County enclaves in all directions. Its closest neighbors are Indian Rocks Beach to the northwest, Largo to the north, Pinellas Park to the east, St. Petersburg to the south, and the Gulf beach communities to the west. Its main arteries are State Road 694 and Alternate U.S. Highway 19. It embraces the lower half of the lower limb of Lake Seminole.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,890 people, 5,989 households, and 2,701 families residing in Seminole. The population density was 4,402.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,702.3/km²). There were 7,297 housing units at an average density of 2,949.7 per square mile (1,140.6/km²). The racial makeup of Seminole was 96.61% White, 0.48% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.
There were 5,989 households in Seminole out of which 12.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.9% were non-families. 49.1% of all households in Seminole were made up of individuals and 33.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size in Seminole was 1.75 and the average family size was 2.48.
In the city of Seminole the population was spread out with 11.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 43.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females there were 76.2 males in Seminole. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city of Seminole was $29,179, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $29,237 versus $25,588 for females. The per capita income for Seminole was $20,951. About 5.1% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
Water tower controversy
The water tower in Seminole was painted as shown in the pictures on this page in 2000 by Tom Stovall. In late 2005, Seminole council members expressed dissatisfaction with the design, but Seminole residents spoke out in its favor, feeling it made Seminole unique and provided a good landmark for giving directions.
- Casey Kotchman – Major League Baseball Player
- Brittany Lincicome – Professional Golfer, Winner of the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
- Randy Savage – Pro wrestler
- Bobby Wilson (baseball) – Major League Baseball Player
- John Winter (meteorologist)
- ^ a b “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ “US Census statistics for Seminole, Florida”.
- ^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990″. United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- ^ “City in a tizzy about the tank”. <!. 2006-01-01.
- ^ “Controversy over water tower mural”. 2007-03-05.
- City of Seminole official site
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Seminole:
- St Petersburg College (about 7 miles; Clearwater, FL; Full-time enrollment: 9,555)
- Eckerd College (about 11 miles; Saint Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,132)
- University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus (about 11 miles; St. Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,227)
- The University of Tampa (about 21 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 5,429)
- Hillsborough Community College (about 22 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 11,277)
- University of South Florida-Main Campus (about 28 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 27,329)
- Everest University-Brandon (about 29 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 2,266)
Public high schools in Seminole:
Public elementary/middle schools in Seminole:
- SEMINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1165; Location: 8701 131ST ST N. Seminole)
- OSCEOLA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1162; Location: 9301 98TH ST N. Seminole)
- BAUDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 381; Location: 12755 86TH AVE N. Seminole)
- SEMINOLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 336; Location: 10950 74TH AVE N. Seminole)
- BARDMOOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 312; Location: 8900 GREENBRIER RD Seminole)
- STARKEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 306; Location: 9300 86TH AVE)
- ORANGE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 164; Location: 10300 65TH AVE N. Seminole)
Private elementary/middle schools in Seminole:
Strongest AM radio stations in Seminole:
- WWBA 1040 AM; 4 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
- WMGG 820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE
- WXYB 1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL; Owner: ASA BROADCASTING, INC
- WTIS (1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: WTIS-AM, INC.
- WFLA 970 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WHNZ 1250 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WDAE 620 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WQYK 1010 AM; 50 kW;SEFFNER, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OFTAMPA
- WGUL 860 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: WGUL-FM, INC.
- WRXB 1590 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETE BEACH, FL; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP OF FLORIDA, INC.
- WWMI 1380 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: ABC, INC.
- WTMP 1150 AM; 10 kW; EGYPT LAKE, FL; Owner: TAMPA BROADCASTING, LTD.
- WFLF 540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
Strongest FM radio stations in Seminole:
- WYUU 92.5 FM; SAFETY HARBOR, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WSSR 95.7 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WRBQ-FM 104.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WLLD 98.7 FM; HOLMES BEACH, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WBBY 107.3 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
- WXTB 97.9 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WPOI 101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WDUV 105.5 FM;NEW PORT RICHEY, 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.
- WFTI-FM 91.7 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
- WSUN-FM 97.1 FM; HOLIDAY, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC
- WHPT 102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WUSF 89.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF S. FLORIDA
- WSJT 94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- 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.
TV broadcast stations around Seminole:
- WMOR-LP Channel 63; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
- W33CC Channel 33; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
- W61AI (hannel 61; ROCK HARBOR, FL; Owner: MAKO COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
- WTSP Channel 10; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, 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.
- WEDU Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.
- W36CO Channel 36; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
- WTOG Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
- WXPX Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC
- WFLA-TV Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
- WFTS-TV Channel 28; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.
- WSPF-CA Channel 35; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CITY OF
- ST. PETERSBURG
- WUSF-TV Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
- 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.
- W48AY Channel 48; OLDSMAR, FL; Owner: AMKA BROADCAST NETWORK, INC.
- WRMD-LP Channel 57; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ZGS TELEVISION OF TAMPA, INC.
- WSVT-LP Channel 18; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
- WVEA-LP Channel 61; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
- WMOR-TV Channel 32; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
- WWSB Channel 40; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: SOUTHERN BROADCAST CORPORATION OF SARASOTA