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Bayonet Point, Florida
In an Area Dotted with Primitive Wetlands and Woodlands, Peaceful Bayonet Point Sits Next to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a Place Brimming with Wildlife
Quiet Bayonet Point is in west central Florida, about 45 minutes north of Tampa. Unincorporated, residential and down to earth, no one seems to know how it got its name.
This is an area dotted with primitive wetlands and woodlands. Parts of Hudson, Port Richey and Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a 320 foot deep salt marsh, sit directly to the west of Bayonet Point, creating a buffer between the town and the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphins, gray foxes, tortoises, otters and many bird species inhabit the park, while hiking trails, fishing spots and salt springs attract visitors. Some homes back directly to the Park, but most dwellings are in modest neighborhoods that are neatly laid out on a grid. Many areas are deed-restricted (with an HOA), and most residences are wood frame or concrete blocks. The closest Gulf beach is Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park, also called Hudson Beach, about four miles northwest of town.
There is a golf club and at least one shopping center, but the majority of services, restaurants and shopping areas are in Hudson, about four miles to the north.
Population: 28,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 62%
Cost of Living: 29% below the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is three miles away in Hudson and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, a DNV-accredited hospital, is three miles away in Hudson.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Slightly above the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 25%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: Bayonet Point is not a fancy place but has grown 10% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 7% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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