Shorecrest is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, a small, vibrant city across the Bay from Tampa, a rapidly growing urban center. Known simply as St. Pete by locals, the area is full of arts, culture, parks, award-winning beaches, craft brews, a funky downtown, and don't even get us started on the delicious, innovative restaurant scene!
Downtown St. Petersburg has seen recent, dramatic growth, with a younger population focusing on education, tech, quality food and locally owned businesses. Bicycles, breweries, fresh produce, puppies and outdoor events make this the place to socialize any night of the week. Twenty-eight miles of sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico provide additional opportunities for paddleboarding, volleyball and just plain relaxing.
The greater Tampa Bay area also includes the cities of Tampa, Clearwater, and Sarasota. A system of major roads and multiple bridges spanning the Bay itself makes the entire region easily accessible. Mid-state attractions, such as Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, are less than two hours away, while Florida's Atlantic Coast and Cape Kennedy are a three-hour drive due east.
A part of the area's fabric since 1923, Shorecrest has deep connections and relationships with many businesses, organizations, and families in the area. The Climate
Florida's warm, sunny climate is legendary, and Tampa Bay's climate is no exception to this general rule. St. Petersburg enjoys 361 sunny days per year on average, and our mean temperature varies from about 60°F in winter to about 88°F in summer. The rainy season runs from June through the end of November, but the typical summer weather pattern sees sunny, humid days punctuated by afternoon thunderstorms which generally clear before sunset.Culture
There is a thriving cultural life in the Tampa Bay region with various museums and theaters showcasing the visual and performing arts. St. Petersburg is home to the Dali Museum, the Florida International Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and a Chihuly Collection, among others. Tampa is well-known for its Museum of Science and Industry; and the John and Mable Ringling Museum located in Sarasota houses a major collection of European masters. Smaller specialty museums also abound throughout the region. The Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts host the Florida Symphony Orchestra in its September through May season. Van Wezel Hall is home to the Florida West Coast Symphony. These versatile halls also offer a continuing menu of musical, theatrical, athletic and entertainment productions on tour. Playhouses in each of the Bay area's cities provide opportunities for local actors and directors to showcase their skills. Our mild climate also makes possible a series of outdoor celebrations of the arts. Highlights include juried arts and crafts shows, theatre-in-the-Park, concerts in parks along the Bay, a First Night Celebration and a Springtime Renaissance Fair. And don't even get us started on the innovative, family-owned restaurant scene in Downtown St. Pete (#DTSP.)
The region also has several institutions of higher education which promote the continuing life of the mind. Eckerd College, Stetson University's College of Law, the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and the University of Tampa are probably the best-known of these.
Tampa Bay has much to please the sports enthusiast. At present, the area is home to the 2002 Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, arena football (Tampa Bay Storm), and ice hockey (Tampa Bay Lightning). The area has long provided winter training seasons for various major league baseball teams, and St. Petersburg has its own professional baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays, which began play in 1998 as the Devil Rays. In 2012, the Rowdies won the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship after a thrilling shoot-out victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. The area also hosts PGA golf tournaments, NCAA basketball playoffs, sailing regattas, Grand Prix auto racing as well as a wide range of amateur athletic competitions throughout the year. Numerous running races and triathlons use our pretty roadways, and local run clubs are a great way to meet people.
Shorecrest is located in the midst of all of this, very near the geographic center of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the Southeast.