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AC service areas:
Tampa Bay| New Tampa|Apollo Beach, FL|Aripeka, FL|Auburndale, FL|Balm, FL|Bay Pines, FL|Belleair Beach, FL|Bradley, FL|Brandon, FL|Brooksville, FL|Clearwater, FL|Clearwater Beach, FL|Crystal Beach, FL|Crystal Springs, FL|Dade City, FL|Dover, FL|Dunedin, FL|Durant, FL|Eaton Park, FL|Elfers, FL|Gibsonton, FL|Groveland, FL|Highland City, FL|Holiday, FL|Homeland, FL|Hudson, FL|Indian Rocks Beach, FL|Kathleen, FL|Lacoochee, FL|Lakeland, FL|Land O Lakes, FL|Largo, FL|Lithia, FL|Lutz, FL|Mango, FL|Mascotte, FL|Mulberry, FL|New Port Richey, FL|Nichols, FL|Odessa, FL|Oldsmar, FL|Ozona, FL|Palm Harbor, FL|Pinellas Park, FL|Plant City, FL|Port|Richey, FL|Riverview, FL|Ruskin, FL|Safety Harbor, FL|Saint Leo, FL|Saint Petersburg, FL|San Antonio, FL|Seffner, FL|Seminole, FL|Spring Hill, FL|Sun City, FL|Sun City Center, FL|Sydney, FL|Tarpon|Springs, FL|Thonotosassa, FL|Trilby, FL|Valrico, FL|Webster, FL|Wesley Chapel, FL|Wimauma, FL|Zephyrhills, FL
AC SERVICE ZIP CODES:
ZIP Code 33601|ZIP Code 33602|ZIP Code 33603|ZIP Code 33604|ZIP Code 3360|ZIP Code 33606|ZIP Code 33607|ZIP Code 33608|ZIP Code 33609|ZIP Code 33610|ZIP Code 33611|ZIP Code 33612|ZIP Code 33613|ZIP Code 33614|ZIP Code 33615|ZIP Code 33616|ZIP Code 33617|ZIP Code 33618|ZIP Code 33619|ZIP Code 33620|ZIP Code 33621|ZIP Code 33622|ZIP Code 33623|ZIP Code 33624|ZIP Code 33625|ZIP Code 33626|ZIP Code 33629|ZIP Code 33630|ZIP Code 33631|ZIP Code 33633|ZIP Code 33634|ZIP Code 33635|ZIP Code 33637|ZIP Code 33646|ZIP Code 33647|ZIP Code 33650|ZIP Code 33655|ZIP Code 33660|ZIP Code 33661|ZIP Code 33662|ZIP Code 33663|ZIP Code 33664|ZIP Code 33672|ZIP Code 33673|ZIP Code 33674|ZIP Code 33675|ZIP Code 33677|ZIP Code 33679|ZIP Code 33680|ZIP Code 33681|ZIP Code 33682|ZIP Code 33684|ZIP Code 33685|ZIP Code 33686|ZIP Code 33687|ZIP Code 33688|ZIP Code 33689|ZIP Code 33694
Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and shallow estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida, comprising Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay. The largest freshwater inflow into the bay is the Hillsborough River, which flows into Hillsborough Bay in downtown Tampa. Many other smaller rivers and streams also flow into Tampa Bay, resulting in a large watershed area.
The shores of Tampa Bay were home to the Weedon Island Culture and then the Safety Harbor Culture for thousands of years. These cultures relied heavily on Tampa Bay for food, and the waters were rich enough that they were one of the few Native American cultures that did not have to farm. When the first European explorers arrived in the early 1500s, the Tocobaga was likely the dominate chiefdom in the area. The indigenous population had been decimated by disease and warfare by the late 1600s, and there were no permanent human settlements in the area for over a century. The United States took possession of Florida in 1821 and established Fort Brooke at the mouth of the Hillsborough River in 1824.
The communities surrounding Tampa Bay grew tremendously during the 20th century. Today, the area is home to about 4 million residents, making Tampa Bay a heavily used commercial and recreational waterway and putting much stress on the bay’s ecosystem, which had once teemed with wildlife. The bay was seriously polluted by the early 1980s, resulting in a sharp decline in sea life and decreased recreational use. Much greater care has been taken in recent decades to mitigate the effects of human habitation on Tampa Bay, most notably upgraded sewage treatment facilities and sea grass restoration projects, which has resulted in improved water quality over time.
The term “Tampa Bay” is sometimes used as shorthand to refer to all or parts of the Tampa Bay area, which comprises many towns and cities in several counties surrounding the large body of water. Local marketing and branding efforts (including several professional sports teams, tourist boards, and chambers of commerce) commonly use the moniker “Tampa Bay”, furthering the misconception that it is the name of a particular municipality when this is not the case.