The Florida Suncoast is a marketing name for the west-central peninsular Florida coastal area, also sometimes known as Florida's Beach. The region contains more than twenty miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches and many sunny days from early December through May. The area has traditionally been associated with a large population of midwestern retirees and so-called "snow birds" — retirees from northern states who relocate to the Sun Belt during the winter months.
The phrase was coined in 1952 by St. Petersburg, Florida, mayor Samuel G. Johnson.
Cities and counties
The Suncoast region includes the western central Florida cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Brandon, Ruskin, Sarasota and Bradenton, among others. Many of the beach communities on the Gulf of Mexico are individually-incorporated cities, such as St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, and Indian Rocks Beach. An exception is Clearwater Beach, which is part of the city of Clearwater.
- According to a February 2, 1986, article in the Lakeland Ledger.
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