The history of Apollo Beach started in 1923. Owned by the Dickman family, Apollo beach was used for farming and grazing pasture. Majority of the property was mangrove and low-elevation and was considered uninhabitable.
In the 1930s, Paul Dickman conceived the thought of a waterfront community. He felt the location was ideal because it was equidistant with Tampa and Bradenton along U.S. Route 41.
The Dickman’s secured the services of Radar Engineering of Miami to design a subdivision including roads, schools, canals, recreation areas, and community services.
In the early 1950s, Dickman negotiated the land’s sale to 3 men from New York: Turner, Dean, and Clark. They named the area “Tampa Beach”, believing the association with Tampa would attract interested individuals more easily than a reputation which didn’t correctly locate it geographically.
The District IV Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Operations Center
Tampa Fire Department
Hillsborough County Fire
County Government Fire Department
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Station 3
TGMG Apollo Beach
St. Joseph Hospital South
South Bay Hospital
Wildlife in Apollo Beach
Hillsborough County has many parks, preserves, and other wild areas, alongside their furry, scaly, and winged occupants.
Here are 10 of the wildlife you would possibly encounter within the county’s untamed areas, or maybe in your backyard:
- Eastern Indigo Snake
- Bald Eagle
- Sherman’s Fox Squirrel
- Gopher Tortoise
- Reddish Egret
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission suggests wildlife observers follow these principles:
- Enjoy wildlife viewing at a distance. Get a better look with binoculars or a camera’s telephoto lens.
- Animals are most active in the morning and around sunset – the ideal wildlife viewing times for observers.
- Move slowly, keep quiet, and do not look directly at an animal.
- If an animal stops its activity or moves away, you’re too close.
- Leave your dogs at the reception area or keep them on leashes.
Top 3 Places to do Wildlife Viewing in Apollo Beach
1. Manatee Viewing Center
This is a FREE viewing area of the precious Manatees of Apollo Beach. This is a great place to go within the winter months. Parking is free and safe for all. Everyone should make this a stop on their vacation, and if you’re keen on coming back, it’s always an area to relax. Take a seat and watch the Manatees and other sea life interact where they know that they’re safe.
2. Apollo Beach Preserve
A gorgeous place to relax with the sand between your toes. Come here after a visiting the Manatee center to explore, touch, and collect some more shells. See tons of birds and the stunning sunset views on a chilly afternoon. Enjoy with other people with their sunshades, kayaks, fishing poles, coolers, and chairs – an ideal beach location but during a quiet, and uncrowded area.
3. Tampa Fishing Academy
Experience first class fishing charters in Apollo Beach and Tampa, Florida. A variety of charters available within the day. Bait and cleaning is included in pricing of Tampa Fishing Academy. Captain Shawn has over 20 years’ experience and also is an Instructor, so if you need to learn more or just refresh your skills, he’s the man to see.