The rich history of Apollo Beach began in the early 20th century. The land was largely uninhabitable, but was used annually for grazing pastures by the Dickman family. In the 1930s, Paul Dickman conceived the idea of a waterfront community. He conferred with an engineering firm in Miami and began the process of building his dream. In 1957 Francis Corr, a retired businessman from Michigan, purchased the land and his wife suggested Apollo Beach for the name.