Oldsmar Florida

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The City of Oldsmar, on the eastern edge of Pinellas County at the Northern end of Tampa Bay, is quite unlike the rest of the county. Pinellas is the most densely populated county in Florida with strip malls and crowded highways but Oldsmar is the opposite.

A charming town with lovely oaks and beautifully planted medians, Oldsmar is a beautifully planned city but it did not fulfill its developer’s dreams of becoming the Detroit of the South.

The inventor of the Oldsmobile and REO cars, Mr. R. E. Olds, bought almost thirty eight thousand acres of land at the northern tip of Tampa Bay in 1913 with the plan of developing a planned, busy community. Inspired by the layout of Washington D.C. with tree-lined boulevards leading from the bay to downtown, the city was meant not for the wealthy but the working people. The town was originally named R. E. Olds-On-The-Bay but later changed to Oldsmar. In 1927, the name was changed again to Tampa Shores, but finally in 1937 it became Oldsmar once again.

Mr. Olds envisioned a bustling community with thriving industries but Oldsmar remained largely a town with dairy farms and fields of peppers, tomatoes, corn, gladioli, and grapes. Fish, crabs, and oysters were popular income generating catch. He built a casino to attract visitors from the neighboring towns of Tampa and St. Petersburg and developed a track for horseracing. The Oldsmar Casino later became the Two Bits Club. Unfortunately, a hurricane devastated the area, which all but collapsed.

Oldsmar got a fresh lease of life in the 1980s when its population tripled. Oldsmar was the only city with undeveloped land in the county and it grew faster than any other city around Tampa Bay. Today nearly fifteen thousand live here within nine square miles. The city had been carefully planned with the streets fanning out from Shore Drive along Tampa Bay. Most houses sit on large treed lots giving a feeling of space. R. E. Olds Park is located on the edge of the sparkling waters of Old Tampa Bay and much of the shoreline is undeveloped parkland.

Oldsmar Concern for the environmental health of the community resulted in attempts to improve the surface water and manage the estuaries along Tampa Bay. An Oldsmar Town Center with interesting shops, unique restaurants, art galleries, historic homes, and entertainment is developing around State Street. The streets are lushly landscaped with oak trees and tropical foliage with attractive sidewalks. Courtyard by Marriot and well-known restaurants and banks are a part of the attractive complex.

The Cypress Forest Recreation Center provides sports and other facilities for the population. The town library is well equipped and has a long history as well. Two other hotels in the city are Holiday Inn Express and Residence Inn by Marriott. The latter is an extended-stay hotel that helps you feel connected while away from home and maintain a balance of work and life. The casual surroundings invite you to relax and make the most of your stay in this warm and friendly community.

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