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Clearwater Florida Real Estate | How Clearwater became the Pinellas County Seat in 1912

Clearwater Florida - Home to Pinellas County Government for 95 years.

Pinellas County Government Offices in Clearwater Florida   Ed Rybczynski, a well known, national Mortgage Fraud speaker, asked today what stories and tidbits do you know about your hometown that you could share.

So today I was thinking about how often we've all heard that, "all politics is local". Well this was even true here in Clearwater almost 95 years ago. 

When the Tampa Bay area was originally settled Clearwater, St Petersburg & Tampa were all part of Hillsborough County.

Over time the people of now Pinellas County, known as West Hillsborough, started to feel that their tax dollars would be better spent here. Local leaders wanted more control and input on how their tax money was spent and pressure to secede from Hillsborough County grew. After years of feuding and politicking a bill finally passed and the result was that on January 1, 1912 Pinellas County was created as a separate County.

Now as I mentioned above - all politics is local and so then the leaders from St Petersburg and Clearwater each had strong ideas on why their city would be the perfect County Seat.

Well as I understand the history of events, Clearwater with it's population of about 13,000 then managed to gain control as the County Seat and not wanting to leave anything to chance they decided to secure their place as the Clearwater Fl home to many Pinellas County government offices Pinellas County seat and built a new wooden structure almost overnight at a cost of around $3,700 back in 1912.

It worked, Clearwater, FL is still home to the Pinellas County Courthouse and is the County seat today even though St Petersburg is a much larger city. 

The offices are located on the corner of Ft Harrison and Court Street  and Cleveland Street.

You must pass all these buildings when you enter and leave Clearwater Beach, Florida via the new High span bridge.

What Clearwater or Pinellas County Stories do you know?

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsCyndee Haydon • August 21 2007 12:51PM

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Great information, Cyndee. This should be fun.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Cyndee

I'm flattered.  Thank you for this. 

Posted by Ed Rybczynski, Your Source for Local Real Estate (Integrity Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Missy - it's always fun to share little known info about your area - it gives such a sense of history and local belonging.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Ed, It's my pleasure - thanks for inspiring this article - it's always fun to share local trivia :-)  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee great post! I need to go plump up my comment on Ed's into a full post. Ed is very inspiring!
Posted by Ashley Drake Gephart (Drake Intel Group) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Great idea for a post - this gives me another idea.  Sanford is now the county seat here but years back they could not agree on the county seat - the courthouse was placed between two towns and for years the county seat of Lee County was a zip code.  I ought to write a blog about it - just need to get some more time! 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, I love learning about different places. I should go and read Ed's post.
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Cyndee--Some of those little historical tidbits are what makes the city unique. Thanks for sharing a tidbit about Clearwater.
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
I did not know that Cyndee. I almost bought a building right next to that court house back in the mid 80s. Where abouts do you live in Clearwater? I still own a unit in Coachman Creek condos. I haven't seen it in 23 years but I guess it's still there.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
Great information Cyndee on Pinellas County and the history!  I feel much more informed now on the happenings in the past!
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) over 11 years ago
Cyndee- I love historical tidbits.. it's so  much fun to know the rest of the srory
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) over 11 years ago

Great local post, Cyndee. It seems to me, many built on land to ensure ownwership and use. Wouldn't work with todays laws.

Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Ashley - I'll look forward to seeing your upcoming post - it's great to learn more about the local history. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Rita - Sounds like a great post simmering there - that is so interesting to be represented as a zip code. We have one city here, Lutz that's in 2 counties - Hillsborough and Pasco - tell me that doesn't throw people.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Mana - after you read it I'll look forward to learning something interesting about Camarillo. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Teri - it's actually inspired me to do more in the future - keep on the watch for more fun facts. 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
BB - you would be a very wealthy man if you'd bought that building - Ft Harrison has been totally renovated in the last 2 years - from questionable areas to valuable real estate. :-) We live near Gulf to Bay and US 19 now so it's about 2 miles from your old employer, Tio Pepes!! It's a small world!     
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Leah - Interesting to think of Pinellas County as West Hillsborough - which is still basically the case with "Tampa Bay" as an area that encompasses the 3 big cities and surrounding areas. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Kaye - thanks for your kind words - it does give you a more personal attachment - thanks for stopping by :-) 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Paula - it's funny to imagine them working to get this building up in 1 day - just think that was more than an Extreme Home Makeover back them - wonder if they had a Ty Pennington to lead the charge?     
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee,  You are my Pinellas County expert and I love reading about the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area in your blogs.  You do a great job informing the public about the area.
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, interesting historical info on Pinellas county.  Thanks for sharing. 
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Stephanie - thanks for your kind words - we love sharing info, I really appreciate the feedback.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Irina - thanks for stopping by to learn more about our area.  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Great job showcasing interesting facts about your community.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago
Thank you Lynda - I've decided to do more in the future. :-)  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - I have not made it to Ed's post and most likely will not until tomorrow as my eyes are starting to droop - I love to read history of areas and truly enjoyed this - thanks for sharing
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

What a super-cool post!  I love "fun facts' about area's especially the ones our grandparents can share with us!

Katrina

Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) over 11 years ago
Do you have a photo anywhere of the the building that was built overnight for the  Pinellas county seat? That would be really cool too! You are the agent of choice in Clearwater Florida. You really know your stuff! Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, you and Jack are certainly the go-to folks in Clearwater.  I loved learning more about your local history!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - Great local history for consumers in Clearwater FL!  You are the local expert!
Posted by Kim Murphy, Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C (Draper and Kramer) over 11 years ago
Thesa - thanks for stopping by - been out sick for 24 hr so just catching up :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Katrina - thanks for stopping by :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Katerina - if you click on the link for the building you'll see the original courthouse - I didn't want to copy it without permission - check it out.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Maggie - I feel the same about Miami Redlands and all you share - especially in your "Blog that Ate Miami" :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Kim - appreciate your kind words - thanks!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
You are the Clearwater expert!  It's nice to know what was going on 95 years ago and TODAY!!  Ed is fabulous too...thank you for turning me on to HIM too!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago

Susie -Thanks for your kind words!

Thank you to the moderator that featured this on Localism! I appreciate it!!!  

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - I hope you are feeling better
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, thanks for the kind words!
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago
Cyndee- That is an interesting fact that most people do not know! Thanks for making that info available!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Maggie - you're someone it's always easy to say nice things about. :-) 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Barbara Jo - thanks for stopping by - glad you found it interesting.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
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Posted by Sayuri over 6 years ago

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