Bradenton is a city in Manatee county Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated 2006 population was 53,986. It is the county seat of Manatee county and is the largest city in the Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice Metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 682,833.
Originally discovered by Hernando De Soto at Shaw’s Point in 1539, the city took the name of Dr. Joseph Braden, whose nearby fort like home was a refuge for early settlers during Indian raids. The city of Bradenton was formed in 1943 when the state legislature merged the two cites of Bradenton and Manatee.
Bradenton is located on US 41 between Sarasota and Tampa, the area is surrounded by waterways both saltwater and fresh water. From south of Bradenton Beach to the Tampa area are over 20 miles of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Many of the beaches are shaded by tall Australian Pines.
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Bordered on the north by the Manatee River, Bradenton is located on the mainland and is separated from the outer barrier islands of Anna Marie and Longboat Key by the Inter coastal Waterway. Bradenton Beach is quaint in that it maintains the classic 60’s beach atmosphere.
Longboat Key, to the south, is known as one of the most exquisite addresses in the United States and is home to many celebrities and dignitaries.
Downtown Bradenton is located on the west side of the city. Home to many of Bradenton’s offices and government buildings, it is a lively place with new buildings currently under construction. The tallest is the Bradenton Financial Center,
12 stories high, with its trademark blue-green windows. It is currently owned by BFC Joint Ventures. Employee Leasing Solutions lease office space and the sign on top of the building.
With the addition of Lakewood Ranch, the Eastern side of Bradenton is growing at a rapid rate.
Founded in 1947, Tropicana Products the major industry in the area, has long been one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of orange juice. The company has grown to over 8000 employees and is now owned by the Pepsi corporation.
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His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
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