Largo is a city located in Pinellas County in the US state of Florida, part of the Tampa Bay area. Located in the central part, it is the county crossroads. At the 2010 Census, it had a population of 77,648 and a density of 1,612.87 inhabitants per square kilometer.
| Largo Nature Reserve Park|
Location in Pinellas County, Florida
Location in Florida in USA.
|Coordinates||27°54′33″N 82°47′15″W / 27.909166666667, -82.7875 Coordinates: 27°54′33″N 82°47′15″W / 27.909166666667, -82.7875|
|・ Country||United States|
|・ Total||48.14 km²|
|・ Land||45.63 km²|
|・ Water||(5.22%) 2.51 km²|
|・ Average||3 m s n. m.|
|・ Total||77,648 rooms.|
|・ Density||1612.87 hab/km²|
|Time zone||This one: UTC-5|
|・ in summer||UTC-4|
Largo was incorporated in 1905. In 1913, it became the first city in Pinellas County to adopt a government in charge of the Council. He changed his city labeling several times, and became definitely a city in 1974. He was an exporter of agricultural products until the 1960s when the influx of people started to transform it into a dormitory community. From 1905 to 2005, Largo grew from a 9/16 square mile area to about 17 (44 km²), and a population of about 300 people to over 70,000. Largo started as a rural farming community and has become the third largest city in the county. She is also sister to Tosayamada (Kochi), Japan. In 2007, she was named National Tree City after seventeen years.
The original inhabitants of the Largo area were the Amerindian Tocobaga. Also known as the "Safety Harbor" culture as its archeological presence remains close to the current Safety Harbor. The Spaniards arrived in Florida in the 16th century. In the eighteenth century, the Tocobaga had virtually disappeared, after years of exposure to European diseases, Spanish colonization efforts, and the Spanish-British war. Largo's area, like the rest of Pinellas County, was largely abandoned. In 1763, England snatched Florida from Spain. In 1783, Spain got it back, but was forced to cede the region to the United States in 1821, following Andrew Jackson's invasion. In 1845, a surveyor observed Lake Tolulu, apparently located south of the bay and a more inaccessible place where Largo Central Park Nature Preserve is currently located. Among the first Anglo-Saxon inhabitants of the Largo area were the families of James and Daniel McMullen around 1852.
McMullens and other cattle-breeding settlers, cultivated citrus and vegetables, and were also fishermen. During the American Civil War, many residents of the area fought for the Confederate States of America. James and Daniel McMullen were members of the "Cow Cavalry" ("cow cavalry") that was driving Florida's cattle to Georgia and the Carolines to help sustain the war effort. Other residents of the area served on the ships breaking the blockade. Others also left the area to go on duty in the armies of the Confederates. After the war, the residents of the Largo area once again cultivated, managed their ranches and managed fishing. The "Orange Blossom Railroad" reached the area in 1888. Tolulu Lake was then renamed "Lake Largo", and residents of the community west of the lake adopted the well-known name "Largo".
The city of the Largo was incorporated in 1905. The long lake was drained in 1916 to increase land for growth and development. Between 1910 and 1930, the population of Largo grew by about 500%. Then and for decades afterwards, Largo's economy was based on citrus-growing agriculture, cattle ranches, and pig farms, as well as stumentine alambiques and sawmills. Largo is best remembered as the "Citrus City" of this period was the height of the packaging of citrus fruits, preserves and transport to the center.
The Great Depression cruelly manifested itself in the Long. Long lacked the financial resources to meet his requirements. Long returned to its status and limits in 1913. The population fell by about 30%. Debt incurred by bond issuance in the late 1920s was not paid until after World War II.
Years after World War II, they saw rapid growth, and as people started moving to the area, and Largo attached land around it. During the nuclear arms race, electronics companies like General Electric and Honeywell launched the economy. The population increased to about 5,000 in 1960, to about 20,000 in 1970, and to about 70,000 in 2005. The original area of Largo was a/16o one square mile. Prior to 1982, Largo had reached 13 square miles (34 km²) and comprised about 17 square miles (44 km²) in 2005. Crops, farms, ranches and forests have largely given way to housing and shopping centers and light industry. The growing population resulted in a need for growing services in the city. All departments achieved rapid growth and quality improvements, especially under the leadership of the last mayor, Thom Feaster. In 1995, Largo Central Park opened at the site of the former "Pinellas County Fairgrounds". It's the Largo Cultural Center settlement and the Largo Public Library.
In the 2006 commission elections, Largo reached two milestones that promote his "City of Progress." Patricia Gerard of the Democratic Party became the city's first mayor, who narrowly defeated the previous mayor, Roberto E. Jackson, Ph.D. in a bitterly contested struggle. (Dr. Jackson had been the longest re-elected by the Democratic Party in Pinellas County.)
Largo is located at 27°54′30″N 82°46′40″W / 27.90833, -82.77778 (27.908355, -82.77791) . It is located in the center of Pinellas County, playing the "Intracoastal Waterway" south-west and Tampa Bay north-east. Clearwater is a neighboring town in Largo in the north. The northwest are the towns of Belleair and Belleair Bluffs. The city of Pinellas Park is located southeast of Largo. Seminole is located southwest of Largo. The community of "Ridgecrest" forms a great enclave between the Central and the Western Largo. Several enclaves are also around the City of Largo.
In 2004, the Largo land area was about 17 square miles (44 km²) including 651 acres (2.6 km²) of park land. The lowest height of the city of Largo was sea level. The highest point of the city was 69 feet (21 m) . There are several lakes within the township, the largest of which is 53-acre "Taylor Lake". The "Allen's Creek" stream runs along the northeastern part of Largo, opening on Tampa Bay. The "McKay Creek" stream flows southwest of Largo to the Intracoastal Waterway, its watershed is prone to flooding due to its size and topography.
Largo is located on the Pinellas Peninsula, and its climate due to its proximity is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico and also mediated by the Bay of Tampa. In winter, temperatures on the Pinellas Peninsula are warmer than in central Florida. Winters are usually drier than the months of the rest of the year. Most precipitation occurs in the summer, when the sea breeze transports moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to the interior. Largo's lowest record temperature is 22 F, reached on December 13, 1962. Largo's highest temperature was 100 F, and reached July 5, 1995.
|Highest average [°F]||69||71||75||80||86||89||90||90||88||83||77||71||80|
|Lower temperature average [°F]||54||55||60||65||71||75||77||77||76||70||63||56||66|
According to the 2010 census, there were 77,648 people residing in Largo. The population density was 1,612.87 inhabitants/km². Of the 77,648 inhabitants, Largo was composed of 86.25 per cent whites, 5.55 per cent were black, 0.33 per cent were Amerindian, 2.68 per cent were Asian, 0.16 per cent were Pacific Islanders, 2.63 per cent were other races and 2.38 per cent were from two or more races. Of the total population, 8.99 per cent were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.
Fortis College has a campus in Largo, Florida that offers the possibility of studies in the fields of medicine, HVAC and cosmetics.
Public schools are run by the "Schools of the County of Pinellas".
The Public Works department runs the city's own infrastructure. Facility Management provides custodial, facility maintenance, construction project management and communications. Fleet Management purchasing purchasing purchasing and maintenance. Streets and Drainage provides installation and maintenance of roadways, storm drainage systems and traffic control signage. Solid Waste refuse, yard waste and recycling collection. The City of Largo Public Works Department is also an Accredited Agency.
Leisure, Parks and Arts
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Arts plays the role of organizing recreational, cultural, environmental and sports programs. The department maintains community parks, enclosures and green roads, as well as educational offerings, events and hospitality celebrations. Reconstruction, parks and the arts department groups fourteen programs into four categories: Administration, reconstruction, parks, and cultural arts. Administration provides budget and administrative support and coordinates special events and marketing. Reconstruction consists in the reconstruction of all facilities and active reconstruction programming. The parks coordinate the maintenance and improvement of the city parks, supplies for landscaping, midpoints and green roads. The cultural arts manage and coordinate cultural events and educational activities in the cultural and historical center of Largo.
Largo Public Library
The Largo Public Library Library is one of the most widely searched and used libraries in Pinellas County, with more than 700,000 annual movements of items in various formats: books, DVDs, CDs, videos, e-books and audio books.
Prominent people from Largo
- Chloe, a Singer, and a Music Lyrics Writer
- Dexter McCluster, West Miss American Football Player
- Leonard T. Schroeder, retired US army colonel, first American soldier to land on the D-Day landing in World War II
- John Stansel Taylor, Senator for the State of Florida
- Terrence Mann, film and Broadway actor
- City of Largo Citizen's Academy Handbook. Long. 2003.
- Coughlin, Leo. Around Here Clearwater Gazette. June 23, 2005.
- Quesada Jr, A.M. and Luisi, Vincent. Images of America Pinellas County. Tempus Publishing. Charleston, SC. 1998.
- Milanich, Jerald T., Florida Indians and the Invasion from Europe. University Press of Florida: Gainesville. 1995. on Who Were the Tocobago Indians? Dec. 20, 2005.
- Pinellas County Planning Department as staff for the Pinellas County Planning Council. Pinellas County Historical Background.
- Wikimedia Commons hosts a multimedia gallery on Largo.
- History of Florida
- Florida Botanical Garden