As you may be aware, the City of Seminole has a year's worth of events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city being founded in 1970.  The kick-off event for the year will be hosted by the Seminole Historical Society and Museum on January 22, 2020 at the Seminole City Park.

As part of the planning for our kick-off celebration event, the Historical Society is inviting individuals like yourself to provide us with a shortlist of what you believe to be the most important events that have taken place in the history of our city.  Simply stated, we are looking to identify what are the things that have made Seminole a great place to live.

You can submit from 1 to 5 events/actions that you think have been key to the development of our community. Feel free to add a personal story or touch to your answers. What do you miss most over the years as progress has transformed out city?


At the bottom of this email is a list of major events that took place in Seminole between 1970 and 2018 for reference purposes if you would like to use them as references for your response.  If you know of other events that you think are more important, please let us know.

  • 1970 - Seminole becomes a city

  • 1971- Seminole-Ridge Community Library moves to its third location, but the first specifically designed as a library, at 11000 Johnson Boulevard.

  • 1971 - Seminole Junior High School, later Seminole Middle School, opens.

  • 1972 - Bardmoor Elementary School opens.

  • 1973 - Seminole Fire Rescue acquires Fire Station 30 at 8971 Starkey Road.

  • 1974 - City buys, for $200,000, Meares Lake and property for City Hall and city park.

  • 1977 - Seminole Junior Woman’s Club is chartered.

  • 1977 - Seminole City Hall is relocated to Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road.

  • 1978 - Fire Station 31 is constructed, 13091 – 88th Avenue N

  • 1979 - Kiwanis Club of Seminole – Breakfast is chartered with 27 members

  • 1980 - Rotary Club of Seminole Lake

  • 1981 - Osceola High School opens.

  • 1984 - Osceola Middle School opens

  • 1985 - City of Seminole purchases 9.6 acres on 113th Street for $520,000. That land later becomes the site of the post office and library.

  • 1985 - Tennis Club Park opens at 7283 113th Street next to Fire Station 29.

  • 1985 - City of Seminole annexes Seminole Garden Apartments

  • 1986 – 1989 - New Seminole Post Office.

  • 1989 - American Legion Post 252 is established.

  • 1988 - City of Seminole acquires Blossom Lake Park located at 10407 Blossom Lake Drive.

  • 1991 - City of Seminole purchases former church/school building and land on 113th Street for $1.5 million as a future recreation facility.

  • 1991 - Friends of the Seminole Library organization is established.

  • 1992 - Fire Station 29 is completely reconstructed, including Fire Administration and Fleet Maintenance.

  • 1992 - Seminole Library is renamed Seminole Community Library and moves to its fourth location at 9199 – 113th Street, to a 17,000 sq. ft. space.

  • 1992 - Seminole Library is renamed Seminole Community Library and moves to its fourth location at 9199 – 113th Street, to a 17,000 sq. ft. space.

  • 1994 -City of Seminole voters change the form of their municipal government from “Strong Mayor” to “City Manager” Form.

  • 1995 – Frank Edmunds, first City Manager, is hired.

  • 1995 – Seminole Fire Rescue, Inc. is merged with the City of Seminole and becomes the City of Seminole Fire Rescue Department.

  • 1996 – City of Seminole hires Chief Vicki Murphy, first female fire chief in Pinellas County.

  • 1998 - St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, opens.

  • 2000 - City of Seminole and St. Petersburg College enter into an agreement to design and build a joint-use library on the SPC Seminole Campus.

  • 2000 – Grand re-opening celebration of Tennis Club Park improvements.

  • 2000 - City of Seminole receives certification as a “Tree City USA.”

  • 2000 – 2003 - City of Seminole population and land area doubles through nine (9) large annexation referendums.

  • 2001- Seminole Recreation Center is extensively renovated and enlarged, including auditorium, indoor basketball and handball courts, fitness center, meeting rooms, and specialty spaces.

  • 2001 - Seminole Recreation Center is extensively renovated and enlarged, including an auditorium, indoor basketball, and handball courts, fitness center, meeting rooms, and specialty spaces.

  • 2001 - Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, is re-dedicated with a new bandshell, stadium-style seating, picnic pavilions, and playground.

  • 2001 - Boca Ciega Millennium Park opens.

  • 2003 - Seminole Community Library moves to its fifth location, a new joint-use library building on the St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street.

  • 2004 - Seminole Historical Society is incorporated.

  • 2005 - Seminole City Hall is relocated to the former library building at 9199 – 113th Street.

  • 2005 - Seminole Recreation Center is renamed the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center Complex in honor of the former mayor.

  • 2006 - A 160,000 square-foot retail development begins, including Kohl’s, Ross Dress for Less,

  • Total Wine, Famous Footwear, Verizon, Wendy’s, Fifth Third Bank, and Starbucks.

  • 2008 – Seminole Fire Rescue Administration is relocated to City Hall.

  • 2008 - City of Seminole Community Garden was founded. It is located behind Seminole United Methodist Church on the corner of 54th Avenue North and Seminole Boulevard and has over 200 square feet of land for planters of all ages.

  • 2009 - The Public Works Operations Facility (PWOF) and the Public Works Office and Emergency Operations Center buildings were constructed in August

  • 2010 - Public Works Administration / Emergency Operations Center and the Public Works Operations Buildings open. Both buildings are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The Public Works Operations Building has the highest certification of LEED Platinum and is the first Platinum-certified public building in Pinellas County and the first Platinum-certified public works building in the nation. Both facilities are rated to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and use numerous green building standards, including solar panels for generating electrical power. The solar panels provide a combined estimate of 80% of the buildings’ energy needs.

  • 2011 - Fire Station 31 is renovated and “hardened.”

  • 2012 - Fire Station 30 is completely renovated.

  • 2012 - 60-acre master-planned Mediterranean Revival style development in Bay Pines area begins, including a 330 unit apartment complex (The Courtney at Bay Pines), 56 single-family homes (The Cove at Bay Pines), a 195,000 square-foot super Walmart, a 121 room hotel (Holiday Inn Express), a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, a Village Inn Restaurant, a Starbucks, a Jimmie John’s sub shop, an AT&T store, and more.

  • 2014 - City of Seminole holds the first “Citizens’ Academy,” a multi-session educational

  • program in which citizens learn about City government, daily operations, staff, buildings, and facilities.

  • 2015 - Ann Toney-Deal, second City Manager, is hired.

  • 2015 - Demolition of the former Seminole Mall begins. In its place will be the Seminole City Center, a 400,000 square-foot multi-tenant retail and entertainment complex with an eleven-screen theatre, variety of retail, restaurant, and personal service uses.

  • 2015 - Former City Hall and Public Works building at Seminole City Park is extensively renovated and named the Community Building, providing space for a historical museum, community room, and storage.

  • 2015 - City of Seminole launches the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, training citizens to be better prepared to take care of themselves, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers in the event of an emergency or disaster that may impact the community until trained emergency first-responders arrive.

  • 2015 - Seminole Elementary School celebrates its 100th Anniversary

  • 2016 - January, Official Grand Opening of the new Seminole Historical Museum

  • 2016 - City of Seminole hosts first Art In The Park

  • 2016 - In June, the Digital Arts Studio (aka the “Digital Den”) opens at Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center Complex, providing residents and non-residents with state-of-the-art hardware and software for digital experimentation and creation

  • 2016 - Site work at Seminole Waterfront Park begins.

  • 2017 - On November 18th, the City hosted the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the 40 acre Seminole City Center.

  • 2017 – The iconic Seminole Water Tower is demolished at the direction of the Pinellas County Commission.

  • 2018 – March 2018, City celebrated its 50th Annual Pow Wow Festival.

  • 2018 - April, Monument Dedication at City Park honoring Seminole pioneer families

  • 2018 – August, Pinellas Technical High School at Seminole opens

Seminole Historical Society and Museum 
Seminole City Park
7464 Ridge Rd
Seminole, FL 33772