As of 2000, there were 921,482 people, 414,968 households, and 243,171 families residing in the county. Thanks for Voting Pinellas County Voters! Major daily newspapers serving Pinellas are the Tampa Bay Times, known as the St. Petersburg Times from 1884–2011 and first in circulation and readership, and The Tampa Tribune. Today's dismissal times are as follows: High Schools: 10:00 a.m. Middle Schools: 12:00 p.m. One documented chiefdom in what is now Pinellas County was that of the Tocobaga, who occupied a town and large temple mound, the Safety Harbor Site, overlooking the bay in what is now Safety Harbor. Later Spanish explorers named the area Punta Piñal (Spanish for "Point of Pines" or "Piney Point"). About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over. As was the case in much of Florida, the Great Depression came early to Pinellas with the collapse of the real estate boom in 1926. The racial makeup of the county was 85.85% White (82.8% were Non-Hispanic White,) 8.96% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. , The PPLC was created in 1989 to provide access to unincorporated areas of Pinellas County and to municipalities that do not have library services. Freezing temperatures occur only every 2–3 years, with freezing precipitation occurring extremely rarely. 35.42% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.14% (4.53% male and 10.61% female) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. During this period municipalities issued a large number of bonds to keep pace with the needed infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. Union County. Pinellas County Connection --- TV County YouTube Videos It influences public policy through education and advocacy. Otherwise the peninsula had virtually no significance during the war, and the war largely passed the area by.. Pinellas County celebrated 100 years of existence on January 1, 2012. During the war, the area's tourist industry collapsed, but thousands of recruits came to the area when the U.S. military decided to use the area for training. No one was sure where the monkey came from, and a Facebook page set up for the monkey had over 84,000 likes (as of October 2012).  The exceptions to this were the cities of Clearwater, South Pasadena, Kenneth City, Indian Rocks, and Indian Shores, who would have to pay a $100 non-member fee to use the PPLC libraries. We foster active participation among our membership to: Support and elect Democrats to national, state, and local office Identify, train, and mentor potential candidates for public office Organize and train … The monkey was the subject of a sketch on the March 11, 2010 episode of the Colbert Report.  After the war many of these same soldiers remembered their wartime experience in Pinellas well, and returned as tourists or residents. Offshore, dolphins, sharks, and manatees are numerous as well, while closer inshore stingrays are a common sight, leading those in-the-know to do the "stingray shuffle" (shuffling up the sand to scare nearby stingrays off) when entering gulf waters. The town would incorporate in 1892. The district also operates the K-12 Pinellas Virtual School. The Vinoy Park Hotel was used as an Army training school. It was Philippe who first introduced both citrus culture and cigar-making to Florida.. Connecting Clearwater Harbor to Boca Ciega Bay is a thin, approximately 3.5-mile (5.6 km) stretch of water known as The Narrows, which runs next to the town of Indian Shores. Petersburg. Our goals support the local, state, and national Democratic organizations.  In total, 12.83% of the population spoke languages other than English as their primary language. The North Pinellas County Democratic Club is a progressive, grassroots, Democratic club open to all Democrats in Pinellas County. The current superintendent is Dr. Michael Grego.  The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's vision is "to connect communities." Downtowns in St. Petersburg and Dunedin, and many of the beaches, especially Clearwater Beach, all attract a vibrant nightlife. The area is occasionally affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, but has not suffered a direct hit since 1921.