West Central Florida is home to Tampa, the business hub for the west coast. The Tampa Bay Area covers not only Tampa but also St Petersburg, Clearwater and many other towns along the Gulf of Mexico, whose miles of sea and sand are vacation territory with sunset views rivaled only by those of the Florida Keys.
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Over the last few years, efforts to mold Ybor City into a tourist attraction have saved many older buildings from dereliction. Though it's best to experience it at night, when the excellent restaurants and bars are heaving, you can take it in by strolling the nine blocks of Seventh and Eight avenues east of 13th. Street.
The old Port of Tampa is being transformed into a new Channelside complex which has the Florida Aquarium, Cruise Ship Terminal and a new Entertainment complex which is now under construction.
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Since Tampa is located on the West Coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes are always watched as they can bring high tiedes, strong winds, and destruction if they were to make a direct hit on the Tampa Bay Area.
Just passing by in the Gulf of Mexico can cause much flooding and destruction, depending upon how close to the area it came and when the high tides occure.
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|What Is A Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm Or A Hurricane:|
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained wind speed is 38 mph or less ( less than 33 kt or 17 m/s). Depressions have a closed circulation.
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained wind speed ranges from 39 mph (34 kt or 18 m/s) to 73 mph (63 kt or 33 m/s). The convection in tropical storms is usually more concentrated near the center with outer rainfall organizing into distinct bands.
When winds in a tropical cyclone equal or exceed 74 mph (64 kt or 34 m/s) it is called a hurricane. Hurricanes are further designated by categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricanes in categories 3, 4, 5 are known as Major Hurricanes or Intense Hurricanes.
|The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale:|
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region. Note that all winds are using the U.S. 1-minute average.
Tampa is a major United States seaport and an important industrial center of the state. Tampa and its "twin city" St. Petersburg, lie on opposite sides of Tampa Bay.
In 1824, the government moved many Seminole Indians to a revervation near Tampa Bay. The same year, the Army built Fort Booke on Tampa Bay to supervise the Seminole. The Army chose this site because it included a harbor where troops and supplies could be landed. White settlers soon established a village near the fort and named it for the bay. Tampa owes its commercial success to Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River.
In 1886 Vicente Martinez Ybor established a cigar factory in Tampa. Tampa has a large Spanish-speaking population, chiefly in a area which covers about 2 square miles between Nebraska Avenue, 22nd Street, Columbus Drive and East Broadway, which is known as Ybor City.
The military has also had an ongoing role in Tampa's development. Today the U.S. Operations Command is headquartered nearby at MacDill Air Force Base.
Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County. Much of the city lies on islands and peninsulas. Downtown office buildings stand near Tampa Bay and the mouth of the Hillsborough River.
In the 1920's the man-made Davis Islands were created offshore for real estate development. Citrus and phosphates (early economic factors) account for much of the port traffic. Tampa now has a wide range of industries and is a major distribution centre. The Gasparilla festival, a February event highlighted by a priat invasion of the old port city, and Busch Gardens, including a zoo with an African setting, which features daily shows by rare tropical birds, are prpular tourist attractions. It is also the home of a professional football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The city is the home of Hillsborough Community College (1968), the University of South Florida (1956) and the University of Tampa (1931). Tampa has evolved into a multi-cultural, diverse business center with sustainable communities for its citizens.
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