Apollo Beach: The City That Almost Wasn’t

Like many of the small communities on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Apollo Beach was first conceived of as a planned community. One that almost never came to fruition.

In the 1930’s, Paul Dickman came up with an far-reaching plan to take his family’s 4000+ farming and cattle land and turn it into a fully waterfront planned community similar to the what he’d seen in pictures of Italy.

He hired a Miami engineering firm to come up with a fully developed subdivision, laid out on the existing mangrove laden estuarial swamp land. The plan seemed good, but it stalled until the 1950’s when Dickman sold it to three New York land developers.  Turner, Dean and Clark dubbed their venture “Tampa Beach,” believing the name connection to the popular larger Florida city would connect with their prospective investors.

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Their first goal was the central Flamingo Canal that would interlock with the other canals and would run all the way to Tampa Bay, opening the city’s entire waterway. But the task was more than the New York investors could handle and by 1956, they admitted to Dickman that they would have to bow out of the project.

Salvation looked to come from Francis Corr, a major shopping center developer from Michigan. In 1957, Corr purchased the land from Dickman and hired a southern contractor by the name of Robert E Lee to finish the canal and build 50 homes and a Holiday Inn for the newly renamed “La Vida Beach.”

The canal was finished, but in 1960, shortly after re-christening the project Apollo Beach – after his wife’s suggestion – Corr had a heart attack, prompting him to sell everything to the Flora Sun Corporation. When that company filed for bankruptcy, the land reverted to the Corr’s and Francis’ son Thomas took over development.

Thomas Corr devoted himself to Apollo Beach, building a bank, chamber of commerce, and civic clubs, while donating hundreds of acres of land for a mangrove preserve as well as schools and parks. By the time he died in 1998, the community had grown – from 1,000 residents in 1970 to over 7,000.

Today, Apollo Beach boasts a year round population of 15,000 residents, living adjacent to 55 miles of canals that connect to Tampa Bay near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Two marinas frame the community and offer a variety of fun activities.

Apollo Beach’s biggest draw is an unusual one. The Big Bend Tampa Electric power plant, built on land ceded to the city in the early 1960’s is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Manatees are attracted to the warm water from the power plant’s activity and outflow, and the adjacent park is popular for the best viewing of the gentle sea cows.

Near the Big Bend plant, a recently completed 5-year restoration project recently allowed the 6-acre Apollo Beach Nature Preserve & Southside Beach to reopen, now with an expanded boat access, a 50-spot parking lot and naturally landscaped sand dunes.

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A recent EPA study suggests that 80% of pesticide exposure occurs indoors and that measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides have been found in the air inside homes!

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Go Green Plus 3Our Go Green plus 3 pest control service is designed to eliminate and prevent most of the creepy-crawly insect varieties we see in Florida, including ants, roaches, silverfish and, of course, spiders. We schedule 3 visits per year to provide exterior service after the initial set-up.

Your Good News technician will inspect the entire exterior of your property while sweeping cobwebs from the eaves and windows. Once the source of insects is determined, a proper treatment of the perimeter foundation, entry points, eaves, plant beds and trees will be applied where needed using reduced–risk, green products.

If you are having any pest issues inside, your trained tech will also treat any entry points, kitchen, baths, laundry room, or problem areas using reduced–risk or even pesticide exempt products. We guarantee your satisfaction and will return (at no charge) in between scheduled visits if you encounter any pests. Please call as soon as you see a problem. The sooner we inspect and treat, the better.

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Termites – the Dinner Guest You Don’t Want

Our tropical Florida environment means that the state also has the highest risk for termite problems. Termites do more damage than floods, fires and storms combined, and like those natural disasters, the more you prepare the less you feel the impact. Good News is the leader in using natural, organic, and essential oil alternatives to control both Drywood and Subterranean termite pests. We even offer a 1-Million Dollar Damage Repair Warranty for homes that qualify.

We also offer Bora-Care®, an organic pre-construction treatment and real estate WDO inspections prior to buying a home, to insure it is free of wood destroying organisms.

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Keeping the Rodents in the Fields

One issue we see with rapidly growing and developing areas, is that rats, mice and other rodents find themselves ‘homeless,’ and decide to move in to your home—even in the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods.

The Good News Premiere Rodent program is the most comprehensive service available. We start by excluding all known entry points and sealing roof vents with proprietary covers. Then, we set several traps in the attic(s) to kill any rodents sealed in. Next, we install 4-6 of the best bait stations available in hidden locations around the exterior perimeter. These help to keep the outside population of rodents to a minimum. We check the traps twice per week until we are sure there are no more live rodents inside.

Next, we vacuum droppings and apply a deodorizer, sanitizer, viruscide to the entire attic space. Many of our customers are finalizing the process by capping their insulation with T·A·P™. Once T·A·P™ is installed, the attic looks brand new and acts as a deterrent to re-infestation.

Quick Facts About Apollo Beach:

  • Want it That Way? Our most famous resident is Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.
  • The Apollo Beach Golf and Sea Club has a par 72 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones
  • Child star Tessa Ludwick went to school at Apollo Beach Elementary before being discovered by Nickelodeon

Photo of Apollo Beach, Florida (at the top of this page) courtesy of user:Ssriram_mt via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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