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2 003 Baker County
3 005 Bay County
4 007 Bradford County
5 009 Brevard County
6 011 Broward County
7 013 Calhoun County
8 015 Charlotte County
9 017 Citrus County
10 019 Clay County
11 021 Collier County
12 023 Columbia County
13 027 DeSoto County
14 029 Dixie County
15 031 Duval County
16 033 Escambia County
17 035 Flagler County
18 037 Franklin County
19 039 Gadsden County
20 041 Gilchrist County
21 043 Glades County
22 045 Gulf County
23 047 Hamilton County
24 049 Hardee County
25 051 Hendry County
26 053 Hernando County
27 055 Highlands County
28 057 Hillsborough County
29 059 Holmes County
30 061 Indian River County
31 063 Jackson County
32 065 Jefferson County
33 067 Lafayette County
34 069 Lake County
35 071 Lee County
36 073 Leon County
37 075 Levy County
38 077 Liberty County
39 079 Madison County
40 081 Manatee County
41 083 Marion County
42 085 Martin County
43 086 Miami-Dade County
44 087 Monroe County
45 089 Nassau County
46 091 Okaloosa County
47 093 Okeechobee County
48 095 Orange County
49 097 Osceola County
50 099 Palm Beach County
51 101 Pasco County
52 103 Pinellas County
53 105 Polk County
54 107 Putnam County
55 113 Santa Rosa County
56 115 Sarasota County
57 117 Seminole County
58 109 St. Johns County
59 111 St. Lucie County
60 119 Sumter County
61 121 Suwannee County
62 123 Taylor County
63 125 Union County
64 127 Volusia County
65 129 Wakulla County
66 131 Walton County
67 133 Washington County
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Hillsborough County Information

Hillsborough County was created on January 25, 1834 from Alachua and Monroe counties. It was named for Wills Hill, Viscount Hillsborough of England. The county's boundaries of 1834 included the present-day counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

History of Tampa Florida

The word "Tampa" is an American Indian word used to refer to the area when the first European explorers arrived in Florida. Its meaning, if any, has been lost to the ages, though it is sometimes claimed to mean "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe. Other historians claim the name refers to "The place to gather sticks". "Sticks of fire" may also relate to the high concentration of lightning strikes that Tampa Bay receives every year during the hot and wet summer months. The name first appears in the "Memoir" of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda (1575), the author of which had spent 17 years as a Calusa captive. He calls it "Tanpa" and describes it as an important Calusa town.

Spanish conquistador Panfilo de Narvaez was the first European known to have visited the Tampa area, on April 8, 1528. Hernando de Soto arrived a year later to rescue the only remaining living member of de Narvaez's expedition. A peace treaty was conducted with the local Indians and a short-lived Spanish outpost was established, but this was abandoned when it became clear that there was no gold in the area, and that the local Indians were not interested in converting to Catholicism and were too skilled as warriors to easily conquer.

When England acquired Florida in 1763, the bay was named Hillsborough Bay, after Lord Hillsborough, Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Spain transferred Florida to the United States in 1821 (see Adams-Onis Treaty). An Indian reservation was established in what is now north Tampa. As part of efforts to firmly establish United States control over southern Florida, then a vast swampy wilderness with sparse Seminole Indian population, a military outpost ("Cantonment Brooke") was established at what is now the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa in 1823 by Colonels George Mercer Brooke and James Gadsden. In 1824, the post was renamed Fort Brooke. It was a vital military asset in the Seminole Wars. The village of Tampa began to grow up around the fort, which was decommissioned in 1883. Except for two cannons now on the University of Tampa campus, all traces of the fort are gone.

Tampa was incorporated on January 18, 1849 with 185 inhabitants (excluding military personnel stationed at Fort Brooke). The town's first census came in 1850 when Tampa-Fort Brooke accounted for 974 residents. Tampa was reincorporated as a town on December 15, 1855, and Judge Joseph B. Lancaster became the first Mayor in 1856. During the Civil War, Fort Brooke was occupied by Confederate troops, and martial law was declared in Tampa. In 1862, a Union gunboat shelled the city during the Battle of Tampa. Union forces took Fort Brooke in May of 1864, and occupied the town for the next year.

Phosphate was discovered in the Bone Valley region near Tampa in 1883. Tampa is now one of the world's leading phosphate exporters. Henry B. Plant's railroad reached the town shortly thereafter, enabling the commercial fishing industry to thrive.

In 1885, the Tampa Board of Trade persuaded Vincente M. Ybor to move his cigar manufacturing operations to Tampa from Key West. The Ybor City district was built to accommodate the factories and their workers. Tampa soon became a major cigar production center. Thousands of Italian (the majority coming from Alessandria Della Rocca and Santo Stefano, two small Sicilian towns which Tampa maintains strong ties with) and Cuban immigrants came to Tampa to work at the factories.

Henry Plant built a lavish luxury hotel in the city in 1883, which is now the campus of the University of Tampa.

Tampa was an embarkation center for American troops during the Spanish-American War. Lieutenant Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders were part of the 30,000 troops stationed in Tampa for training.

In 1904, local civic association Ye Mystic Krewe "invaded" the city for the first time, establishing the yearly Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

Illegal bolita lotteries became very popular among the Tampa working classes, especially in Ybor City, where many gambling parlors sprang up. Profits from the bolita lotteries and Prohibition-era bootlegging led to the development of several organized crime factions in the city. The first boss of Tampa's organized crime world was Charlie Wall, but various power struggles culminated in consolidation of control by Sicilian mafioso Santo Trafficante, Sr. and his faction in the 1950s. After his death in 1954 from cancer, control passed to his son Santo Trafficante, Jr., who established alliances with families in New York and extended his power throughout Florida and into Batista-era Cuba.

The University of South Florida was established in 1956, sparking development in northern Tampa and nearby Temple Terrace.

The biggest development of the city was the development of New Tampa that started in 1988 when the city annexed a 24-square mile (mostly rural) area between I-275 and I-75. Today, the district boasts over 22,000 inhabitants.

With the advent of air conditioning, thousands of new residents have arrived in Tampa from the northern United States. The population continues to grow rapidly, and construction is proceeding rapidly on new housing developments around Tampa.

On January 5, 2002, just four months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 15-year-old amateur pilot Charles Bishop flew a Cessna plane into the 42-story Bank of America Plaza building in downtown Tampa. Bishop died, but there were no other injuries (because the crash occurred on a Saturday, when few people were in the building). A suicide note found in the wreckage expressed support for Osama bin Laden. Bishop had been taking a prescription medicine for acne called Accutane that may have had the side effect of depression or severe psychosis. His family later sued Hoffman-La Roche, the company that makes Accutane, for $70 million; however, an autopsy found no traces of the drug in the teenager's system.

Adjacent Counties
* Pasco County, Florida - north
* Polk County, Florida - east
* Hardee County, Florida - southeast corner
* Manatee County, Florida - south
* Pinellas County, Florida - west

Hillsborough Government websites

Hillsborough County Events:

02-08, Palatka, FL, Palatka Bluegrass Festival, Three day event on the banks of the St John River. , 706-864-7203

02-09, Fort Myers, FL, Florida Wildlife Art Show, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Friday and Saturday, 610-896-4776

02-10, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Flamingo Gardens Benefit Flea Market, Benefit Flea Market at Flamingo Gardens from 9am to 2pm, 954-473-2955

02-10, Land O Lakes, FL, Wine Festival, Live music, arts and crafts, food, 813-996-2113

02-10, Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, Free event features arts, crafts, music, theatre, food, kids activities and more., 305-865-4147

02-10, Stuart, FL, SailFish Arts, Artist Registry Show, Street Artists Show, Concerts, Children's Area, Community Organizations, 772-287-6676

02-17, Punta Gorda, FL, Punta Gorda Arts & Craft Festival, Annual downtown arts and crafts festival in Gilchrist Park along the Peace River, 239-530-8072

02-17, St. Petersburg, FL, Wine Festival, Wine Festival with vendors, live music and wine tastings, 813-526-2113

02-17, Punta Gorda, FL, Punta Gorda Arts & Crafts Festival, Located in beautiful Gilchrist Park in historic downtown along the Peace River, 239-530-8072

02-23, North Miami Beach, FL, Everglades Bluegrass Festival, Festival Under the Old Oak Trees - 305-358-1800 for more details., 305-358-1800

02-24, Orlando, FL, Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo, Live music, great food and more than 100 Art and Downtown exhibitors will all be showcased during the s, 407-210-3970

02-24, Orlando, FL, Repticon, Reptile show at Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Dr. 10 am - 4 pm. , 407-230-7217

02-24, Cape Coral, FL, 3rd Annual Irish Festival, Best Irish Entertainment in SWFla includingStep Dancers & Bagpipers. Corned Beef, cabbage, & Irish beer, 239-540-2161

02-25, Hollywood, FL, Cool Rhythms Sunday, Popular Ongoing Music Festival on Hollywood Beach. Arts & Crafts, Small Business Vendor Space available., 954-822-1703

02-28, Zolfo Springs, FL, Pioneer Park Days, over 400 exhibits of antique tractors, steam engines and farm equipment. 491 flea market vendors, 863-773-2161

03-02, Ft Lauderdale, FL, Riverwalk Blues Festival, 20th Anniversary of the Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival located in downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954-449-1028

03-02, Orlando, FL, ESPN the Weekend, Live telecasts, interactive sports experiences, motorcades, ESPN talent and celebrities!, 407-566-6357

03-03, Leesburg, FL, 30th Leesburg Fine Arts Festival, 140 Artists accepted, $3000 best of show, , 352-365-0232

03-03, Ponce De Leon, FL, Tri-County Music Festival, There will be eight local bands performing from10am til 10pm along with a car and a bike show , 850-956-2985

03-09, Amelia Island, FL, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, The Legends of Road Racing, 904-261-3248

03-09, St. Augustine, FL, Lions Seafood Festival, Quality Seafood, Bluegrass and Country music, Arts & Crafts Show.Contests and prizes. Parking Garage , 904-829-1753

03-10, Tampa, FL, WEDU Marche de Rue, Outdoor art, home and garden European-style street market in historic Hyde Park Village., 813-254-9338

03-10, Marathon, FL, Original Marathon Seafood Festival, Located in the beautiful Florida Keys, this annual event will be celebrating it's 35th year in existence., 305-743-5417

03-10, Saint James City, FL, Pine Island Breast Cancer Benefit, 5K walk and live concert to benefit Breast Cancer Charities on Pine Island, Florida, 239-281-8654

03-10, Arcadia, FL, Arcadia Arts and Crafts Festival, Arts & Crafts Festival 10a-4p in McSwain Park. Handmade goods - painting, woodcarving, jewely, metal art , 863-494-4033

03-16, Ocala, FL, Sleeping with the Trees, An evening with exciting & fun activities no camping experience needed, 352-401-3900

03-17, Lake Park, FL, Kelsey Irish Fest, Family Irish Fest - Free Admission, Free Rides, Irish Music & Fun! - 4pm - 10pm, 561-881-3338

03-17, Belle Glade, FL, Glades Festival of Afro Arts, Come and enjoy ethnic cuisines of the Glades area, we also have games set up for kids to enjoy!, 561-924-5126

03-17, Estero, FL, Estero Arts & Crafts Festival, Located on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in an around the student union building., 239-530-8072

03-24, Longboat Key, FL, Longboat Key FineArts&CraftsFestival, A festival of fine arts and crafts with music, food, beverages, art demonstrations and children’s events, 941-383-2345

03-24, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Flamingo Gardens Annual Spring Garden Event, Everything for your yard and patio. 9:30-4:30, $10 over age 11, $5 children (4-11), 954-473-2955

03-24, Miami Gardens, FL, Jazz in the Gardens, 2nd Annual Jazz In The Gardens With India Arie, Boney James, Wil Downing, Paquito D’Rivera & Luciano, 305-576-3790

03-24, Naples, FL, Naples Arts & Crafts Festival, Located at Gulf View Middle School in the prestigious, affluent community of historic old Naples, 239-530-8072

03-24, Largo, FL, Largo Central Park Artists' Market, 2-day outdoor fine art festival in beautiful 12 acre city park. Expect 5000 to 8000, 727-595-5311

03-25, Melbourne, FL, Chocolate Festival, Lots of Chocolate samples!, food & beverages, art & Music -one low ticket price $20 per person., 321-432-7095

03-29, Jacksonville, FL, World of Nations Celebration, Journey with us as we celebrate rich cultural traditions and unique heritage of from around the world! , 904-630-3690

03-30, DeLand, FL, West Volusia Wildflowers Festival, Plant sale, workshops, field trips, art, food, entertainment, conservation info, kids winning art display, 800-749-4350

03-30, Moore Haven, FL, Big ' O' Birding Festival, An annual birding festival including tours, presentations, arts&crafts, and kids events on Friday., 863-946-0300

03-30, Coral Gables, FL, Coral Gables Arts & Crafts Festival, Located in Merrick Park in the beautiful, affluent Coral Gables just south of Miami, 239-530-8072

04-05, Orlando, FL, Epcot Inter. Flower&Garden Festival, Blooming flowers and topiaries, horticulturists demonstrations and the Flower Power Concert Series!, 407-566-6357

04-07, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Meet the Bunny, Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo, Bring your your camera, 10-2, $10 over age 12, $5 children (4-11)., 954-473-2955

04-12, St. Augustine, FL, First Coast Birding and Nature Fest, Photography workshops presented by leading experts taking place during spring migration., 800-418-7529

04-13, Ocala, FL, Ocala Storytelling Festival, Storytellers Randel McGee, Bil Lett and many others, workshop, Tiny Tots Tales, and a Liar's Contest, 352-821-0298

04-13, Brooksville, FL, Stringbreak Music Festival, A fun filled weekend for the entire family!, 863-984-8445

04-13, Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Continue the tradition of Jazz in Jacksonville with a variety of jazz genres, , 904-630-3690

04-14, Tampa, FL, Tampa-Hillsborough Co. Storytelling, The 27th Annual Festival will feature internationally reknown teller, Donald Davis, & 500 youth tellers. , 813-931-2106

04-21, Cedar Key, FL, Celebration of the Arts/Cedar Key, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day. Booths of fine arts and crafts line both sides of Cedar Key's main street, 352-543-5400

04-21, Starke, FL, Bradford County Strawberry Festival, Do you like fresh local strawberries, entertainment, arts and crafts? You need to come to the festival., 904-964-5278

04-21, Cedar Key, FL, Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Juried Fine Art Festival with 150 Premium Booth spaces along Historic Downtown 2nd Street., 352-543-5400

04-21, Cape Coral, FL, SW FL Nautical Flea Mrkt & Boat Show, All Nautical Theme Show: fishing tackle, crafts, clothes, boats, food, prizes, free parking & admittance, 239-850-6467

04-28, Apopka, FL, Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, 46th Annual Apopka and Foliage festival featuring Art/craft, plants/flowers, local food, 407-884-6488

04-28, Ocala, FL, Arbor Day Festival, Celebrate Arbor Day with activities for all ages 10 am - 3 pm. Crafts, music, vendors and more., 352-401-3900

05-04, Dunnellon, FL, Cool Springs Ranch Balloon Classic, Our 2006 Ballonon classic was a great success.. we had 32 Hot air Balloons and 70 very happy vendors. , 352-382-1631

05-04, Ocala, FL, A Cultural Art Festival, A Cultural Art Festival featuring African/ African American Artwork, crafts, food vendors and Latin, 352-351-4732

05-04, Jacksonville, FL, Sail Jacksonville, Jacksonville’s downtown riverfront comes alive with the beauty of tall ships from around the world. , 904-630-3690

05-04, Dunnellon, FL, Dunnellons Cool Springs Balloon Clas, Hot air balloons, Hunter Jumpers, crafts, Food and entertainment, celtics, bag pipes, Muscle/antiquecars, 352-274-8467

05-05, Ruskin, FL, Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival, A celebration of our agricultural heritage; , 813-935-4996

05-05, Jacksonville, FL, Springfield Heritage Pageant, Step back in time to 1880-1920: a living history event in Springfield, Jacksonville's 1st neighborhood., 904-353-7727

05-06, Indian Harbour Beach, FL, Turtle Splash & Family Bash!, It's our 3rd annual FUNdraiser!, 321-726-6700

05-11, Port Orange, FL, Port Orange Arts & Crafts Show, Arts & Cratfs show., 386-756-8700

05-12, New Port Richey, FL, Cotee River Seafood Festival, Seafood Festival Boat Show and Blues Concert in a city park by the river , 727-842-8066

05-19, St. Augustine, FL, Riding Into History 2007, Premier motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, Between 300 and 400 antique, vintage and classic motorcycles, 904-730-9719

05-25, Zellwood, FL, Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival, 34th Annual Festival, Fun, Arts & Crafts, Antique Tractors, Great entertainment, Mid way for the Kids, 407-886-0014

05-30, Yulee, FL, Yulee Railroad Days, Annual festival in towns along the route of the historic cross-state Florida Railroad of 1861, 352-495-1044

06-01, Melrose, FL, Melrose Connection: Yulee RR Days, Food music arts&crafts museum tours clowns facepainting RRdisplays HistoricBuildings ArtGalleries, 352-475-9500

06-02, Orlando, FL, Orlando Home & Outdoor Living Show, Home and Outdoor Living products and services, 877-778-3976

07-04, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, 4th of July Bazaar, crafts, antiques, jewelry, art, photography and gifts, 954-473-2955

09-03, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Season Preview Event, Season Preview features reptiles, crafts, jewelry, art, photography, gifts and plants at Flamingo Gardens, 954-473-2955

10-20, Kissimmee, FL, McDonald's Big Bass Splash, 1st Annual Amateur Bass Tournament. Guaranteed payback of $75,000. Hourly Cash Awards & Overall Prizes, 409-698-2591

10-27, Davie/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Halloween Haven & Haunted House, Costume parade 11:30, Good Witch noon, Haunted House for younger children, 954-473-2955

12-01, Gainesville, FL, Craft Festival 2007, Largest indoor craft festival in North Central Florida held on the University of Florida campus., 352-392-7238

12-01, Gainesville, FL, Craft Festival 2007, North Central Florida's largest indoor craft festival, located on the University of Florida campus., 352-392-7238

Hillsborough County News Sources


  • Stations
    • Bay News 9 - Tampa
      News for the Tampa Bay area.
    • WFTS 28 - Tampa
      ABC affiliate.
    • WMOR 32 - Tampa
      Local breaking news, weather, sports, and entertainment.
    • WTVT 13 - Tampa
      Fox affiliate.

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