About the Greater Palm Harbor Area
A Great Place to Live
Come join us for a brighter tomorrow.
Even before the Civil War, pioneers began to trek southward to Florida, including the Palm Harbor area. The year round warm weather made the area conducive to farming, citrus groves, and fishing. Warm mineral springs gave birth to spas and health resorts. Some citrus groves are still in existence, and fishing & farming still provide a livelihood to some area residents. For a day of relaxation, visit one of our resorts, parks, or nearby beaches.
For a step back in time, stroll down Florida Avenue in historic downtown Palm Harbor where many of the early buildings remain, open and welcoming just as they were in the beginning. Business services, beauty and barber facilities, dining, shopping and the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce are located in the downtown area. Make a special visit to the North Pinellas Historical Museum at Belcher Road & Curlew for a look back at history.
Founded as a gulf-front fishing village and located west of Alt US 19 (just south of Crystal Beach), this community was first called Yellow Bluff for a high mound of yellow sand visible from the bay. It was settled by a couple of doctors from Chicago and St. Louis who brought down asthmatic patients and later made it their home. The story goes that the name Yellow Bluff was discarded because of the unpopularity at the time of any name suggestive of yellow fever. The doctors are said t o have suggested “Ozona” because of the invigorating gulf breezes. Ozona, older than Palm Harbor, has its own Post Office and elementary school. A focal point of Ozona is the Ozona Village Hall. Built in 1900 with money raised primarily from bake sales, the hall was and still is the social and political center of Ozona. The hall is home to OVIS (Ozona Village Improvement Society).