Apollo Beach, Florida

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.

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Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center includes an environmental education center, a habitat loop trail and a wildlife observation tower. This 50 foot high tower offers amazing views across Tampa Bay and is the perfect place to view the manatees in their natural habitat.