The Big Picture 3 Major Cities (many beaches)
Tampa and St. Petersburg (“St. Pete”), are Florida’s third and fourth largest cities, respectively. sit across the bay from each other, with Clearwater, known for its beaches sitting to the west on thehe Gulf of Mexico.
Most beaches are on the west on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, a 35-mile-long barrier island that stretches south from Clearwater Beach to Pass-A-Grille, where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico after passing under the beautiful skyway bridge.
Riverwalk, a vision that is now a reality, meanders along the Hillsborough River from Tampa Heights to the urban downtown of Tampa, which itself in undergoining a Renaissance . The riverwalk passes by the Tampa Museum of Art, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the historic 1926 Floridian Hotel, and the Russian-turreted University of Tampa, and the modernist Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
The Tampa Bay area is home to a diverse set of industries and employers, with over 50 companies employing greater than 1,000 people in the region. Several large companies such as Publix, Raymond James Financial, Jabil, and Tech Data have their headquarters here. The top 10 largest employers are:
Baycare Health System, Publix Super Markets, Home Shopping Network, University of South Florida, Tech Data Corp, WellCare, Tampa General Hospital, Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, Citi Group.