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Retire in Apollo Beach, Florida?

Overview:   Quiet, canal-laced Apollo Beach is on Florida's southwestern coast, about 20 miles south of Tampa. It is across the bay from St. Petersburg, south of Hillsborough Bay and has more than doubled in size within the last 10 to 20 years.

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Primarily residential, Apollo beach has numerous named and gated subdivisions. One of these, Southshore Falls, is a tropical 55+ community with single family homes and attached homes. Older neighborhoods mingle with new ones, and many residences back to a canal and have a dock. In-town parks include Covington Oak Park, Apollo Beach Park and the Wolf Branch Nature Preserve, which has acres of shoreline, coastal wetlands, and picnic areas. The Sydney Dover Trails have a boat ramp and paths for hiking or horseback riding. Apollo Beach has two marinas with wet and dry storage, and the Tampa Sailing Squadron is headquartered in town and offers classes. Residents enjoy some very good restaurants, many along the water.

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The town rests in the shadow of the Big Bend Power Station, but residents have benefited from its proximity. TECO, the owners of the station, built a community events center that hosts the town's annual Manatee Festival of the Arts. The company also maintains a Manatee Viewing Center. The warm waters around the station are a boon to winter fishing.

Population:  16,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   45%

Cost of Living:   7% above the national average

Median Home Price: $240,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s.   The area, on average, receives 55 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but South Bay Hospital, four miles away in Sun City Center, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but South Bay Hospital, four miles away in Sun City Center, is accredited.

Public Transit:   Yes, provided by Gohart

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:  No

Political Leanings:  Liberal

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The tornado risk is 125% greater than the national average. 

Notes:   Apollo Beach is a quiet community and has 55 miles of canals.  

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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