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Part A---General Information '/
Terra Ceia is on the West Coast of Florida, 32 miles south of Tampa, eight
miles north of Bradenton, and 20 miles north of Sarasota, It is on Tampa
Bay and near the Gulf of Mexico. The elevation is six feet.
U. S. Highway 541 passes through Terra Ceia. The Atlantic Coast Line Rail-
road and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad provide rail service. Bus service
is provided by Tamiami Trailways. Air transportation is available from Tampa
(Eastern Air Lines) and Bradenton (National Airlines).
Manatee County had a population-of 26,803 in 1945. Terra Ceia is an unin-
corporated town and its population figures were not reported.
(From observations at Bradenton, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 61.5 2.63 July 80.8 9.73
February 62.7 2.78 August 81.2 9.58
March 66.2 2.34 September 79.9 7.64
April 70.5 2.31 October .74.3 3.39
May 75.5 3.06 November 67.1 1.89
June 79.7 6.90 December 62.1 2.35
Annual 71.8 54.60
According to the DeSoto Commission, appointed by President Roosevelt to
study the route of DeSoto in the Gulf Coast region, the Spanish explorer
went ashore on Terra Ceia Island on May 25, 1539. His army landed south of
the island, at a place now known as Shaw's Point, on June 1. A monument has
been erected at Shaw's Point to commemorate the landing place. In spite of
the report by the DeSoto Commission, the landing place is still a subject of
controversy. There are many Indian burial and ceremonial mounds here that
have never been explored.
6. Maior Sources of Income
Truck farming, citrus fruits, commercial fishing, and tourist trade are the
main sources of income.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
2. Athletic Events
The Bradenton Training Camp and the high school have scheduled athletic events.
3. Tourist Clubs
Bradenton Tourist Club and Kiwanis Trailer Park Club.
4. Recreational Clubs
Terra Ceia Recreation Club, dues $1 annually, free docking.
5. Civic Organizations
Residents are affiliated with Palmetto and Bradenton civic clubs.
TERRA CEIA, FLORIDA
6. Fraternal Organizations
Residents are affiliated with fraternal organizations in Palmetto and Braden-
7. Organized Entertainment
8. Recreational Facilities
Swimming and fishing.
Quail, dove, and squirrels are found in
five miles to unposted hunting grounds.
are not available.
this section. It is approximately
Hunting lodges and hunting guides
Salt water amberjack, bluefish, bonita, channel bass, jack crevalla, jewfish,
flounder, grouper, kingfish, mackerel, pompano, snapper, sea trout, sheeps-
head, snook, tarpon, and mullet are caught in the Gulf of Mexico, Terra Ceia
Bay and Tampa Bay. Boats may be chartered from C. H. Miller. Fishing camps
and fishing guides are not available.
Baptist and Methodist denominations have services
Presbyterian, and Christian Science denominations
Dixie Grande, Bradenton.
Manatee River, Bradenton.
2. Tourist Courts
Riverside Tourist Court, Palmetto.
3. Gyest Homes
4. Trailer Parks
La Tropical, Palmetto.
Trailer Park, Bradenton.
Braden Castle, Bradenton.
5. Specialized Eating Places
Further information on Terra Ceia can be
at Terra Ceia. Episcopal,
have services on the main-
MRS. J. W. KISSICK
Terra Ceia, Florida