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HISTORY OF PINELLAS COUNTY

MADEIRA BEACH

“Two Miles Long and a Smile Wide” is the happy slogan of the town and the locals refer to their little city as “Mad Beach.”

Madeira Beach incorporated in the early 1950s.  The old mom and pop motels that were so charming not so many years ago have been replaced by oceanfront condominiums.  The beach is still accessible and  is as pretty as ever.  The town is largely residential and many of the residents are snow-birds, so the place is quieter than some of the more touristy areas along the Pinellas County beaches.

Two areas in Madeira Beach draw a fair number of locals and tourist’s;

The first is John’s Pass Village, a shopping and dining venue centered along a boardwalk.  The boardwalk was built in 1980 and the area has continued to develop with the fishing village theme over the years.

The second place that draws a lot of interest, especially photographers, is The Church by the Sea.  The non-denominational church was built in the 1940s.  Although it is an attractive building, the thing that makes it popular to shutterbugs is the Spanish style tower on the church.  No matter which way you look at it, the tower resembles a giant chicken!  Locals refer to it as “the chicken church.”

According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles, of which 1.0 square mile is land, and 2.2 square miles are water.  The 2020 Census reported the population to be 4,301.

In 2020 there were 258 properties that sold for an average sales price of $510,208 and an average of 116 days on market.  There are currently 16 properties listed for sale with an average list price of $721,968.

Visit this site next week when we take a closer look at North Redington Beach!

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