Appollo Beach

Although Apollo Beach was not named until 1958, it was born more than a century ago. At age eleven Paul Dickman came to Florida with his family in 1908. Thirty years later, he purchased nearly 4,000 acres he named Tampa Beach because he thought the name Tampa would attract tourists.

Following a complicated series of failed efforts, Dickman sold the land in 1957 to Francis J. Corr, the second largest shopping center developer in Michigan, who renamed the area La Vida Beach. Legend has it that in 1958 Corr's wife Dorothy suggested a new name, Apollo Beach, for the area's greatest benefit: sunshine. Locals say the name was inspired by the US space program that was becoming popular in Florida at that time.

After another developer started but failed to finish construction of the Flamingo Canal from U.S. Highway 41 along what is now Fairway Boulevard to Tampa Bay, Corr completed the canal and eventually negotiated a deal with the Holiday Inn to construct a motel on a beach he built by filling sand on a ledge that Dickman discovered earlier.

Today Apollo Beach is a thriving waterfront community with year-round boating, fishing, and other water activities. The estimated 55 miles of interconnected navigable canals lead to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico via underpass of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Lined with magnificent homes surrounded by lush tropical foliage, the canal features docking facilities for sail and motor boats. Perhaps the most popular attraction is the Manatee Viewing Center at the Tampa Electric Plant.
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