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Tierra Verde

Categories: Development, Beach

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Once an array of 15 separate islands, the land was consolidated into one mass of 667 acres through dredging and filling. It is not a city but is governed by a community association and is an unincorporated portion of Pinellas County. Neighboring cities have tried to annex the outlying community, but they've fought it off.

There is no beach, just a series of canals lined by condominiums and expensive homes. Little undeveloped land remains but people will pull off and fish or even swim where they can fight through the foliage. Collany Key, which nearly abuts the Shell Key preserve, is being developed now but used to be a point from which one could swim to the parties on Shell Key.

If you like driving around looking at mansions, there's some touring to be done here, but otherwise just a few interesting restaurants in this almost entirely residential linkage between Fort De Soto and the mainland. The main attraction of the area, Billy's Stone Crab, has its 30-year reputation, a rooftop bar and a pontoon boat tour. There are also odd little finds like Good Times Continental Restaurant, which features Czech-Austrian-German-French cuisine, but is also a place for the thirsty to find a Hacker-Pschorr or Krusovice Kralovsky Pivovar. Environmental non-profit Tampa Bay Watch also calls TV home and has a number of programs as well as renting out its new stilt buildings for corporate meetings and special events.

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Tierra Verde - South Pinellas beaches