Bradenton, Florida
Overview
Bradenton is a city in Manatee County
Manatee County, Florida
Manatee County is a county in the state of Florida. According to the 2010 census by the U.S. Census Bureau there are 322,833 people living in Manatee Country.Manatee County is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area...

, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2007 population to be 53,471. Bradenton is the largest Principal City of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2007 estimated population of 682,833. It is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

.
The area that would become Bradenton was first explored in 1539 by Hernando De Soto
Hernando de Soto (explorer)
Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River....

, who began his search for the legendary El Dorado
El Dorado
El Dorado is the name of a Muisca tribal chief who covered himself with gold dust and, as an initiation rite, dived into a highland lake.Later it became the name of a legendary "Lost City of Gold" that has fascinated – and so far eluded – explorers since the days of the Spanish Conquistadors...

 at Shaw's Point.
Unanswered Questions
Encyclopedia
Bradenton is a city in Manatee County
Manatee County, Florida
Manatee County is a county in the state of Florida. According to the 2010 census by the U.S. Census Bureau there are 322,833 people living in Manatee Country.Manatee County is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area...

, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2007 population to be 53,471. Bradenton is the largest Principal City of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2007 estimated population of 682,833. It is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

.

History

The area that would become Bradenton was first explored in 1539 by Hernando De Soto
Hernando de Soto (explorer)
Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River....

, who began his search for the legendary El Dorado
El Dorado
El Dorado is the name of a Muisca tribal chief who covered himself with gold dust and, as an initiation rite, dived into a highland lake.Later it became the name of a legendary "Lost City of Gold" that has fascinated – and so far eluded – explorers since the days of the Spanish Conquistadors...

 at Shaw's Point. The original town of Bradentown was incorporated on May 19, 1903. The city took the name of Dr. Joseph Braden, whose nearby fort-like house was a refuge for early settlers during Seminole
Seminole
The Seminole are a Native American people originally of Florida, who now reside primarily in that state and Oklahoma. The Seminole nation emerged in a process of ethnogenesis out of groups of Native Americans, most significantly Creeks from what is now Georgia and Alabama, who settled in Florida in...

 Indian attacks. The current city of Bradenton was formed in 1943, when the Florida legislature merged the cities of Manatee (incorporated in 1888) and Bradentown.

Historic properties

Historic properties in Bradenton include:
  • Braden Castle Park Historic District
    Braden Castle Park Historic District
    The Braden Castle Park Historic District is a U.S. historic district located in Bradenton, Florida. The district is bounded by the Manatee and Braden Rivers, Ponce DeLeon Street and Pelot Avenue. It contains 194 historic buildings and 3 structures.-External links:* at...

    , off of Manatee Avenue and 27th St East
  • Bradenton Bank and Trust Company Building
    Bradenton Bank and Trust Company Building
    The Bradenton Bank and Trust Company, built during the height of the Florida land boom and now known as the Professional Building, is an historic 7-story commercial building located at 1023 Manatee Avenue, West, just east of the Manatee County Courthouse in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida...

    , 1925, now the Professional Building, 1023 Manatee Avenue, West,
  • Iron Block Building, 1896, 530 12th Street West (Old Main Street)
  • Manatee County Courthouse
    Manatee County Courthouse
    The Old Manatee County Courthouse, built in 1859-1860, is an historic building now located at 1404 Manatee Avenue, East, in Bradenton, Florida. It was Manatee County's first courthouse and is the oldest surviving Florida county courthouse left in the state, and is now part of the Manatee Village...

    , 1913, 1115 Manatee Avenue, West
  • Old Manatee County Courthouse, 1860, 1404 Manatee Avenue, East
  • Peninsular Telephone Company Building
    Peninsular Telephone Company Building
    The Peninsular Telephone Company Building, also known as the Peninsula Telephone Company Building or the GTE Building is an historic three-story yellow brick building located at 1009 4th Avenue, West in Bradenton, Florida...

    , 1925, 1009 4th Avenue, West

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, Bradenton has a total area of 14.44 square miles (37.4 km²). 12.11 square miles (31.4 km²) of it is land and 2.33 square miles (6 km²) of it (16.14%) is water.
Bradenton is located on US 41
U.S. Route 41
U.S. Route 41 is a north–south United States Highway that runs from Miami, Florida to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Until 1949, the part in southern Florida, from Naples to Miami, was U.S...

 between Tampa
Tâmpa
Tâmpa may refer to several villages in Romania:* Tâmpa, a village in Băcia Commune, Hunedoara County* Tâmpa, a village in Miercurea Nirajului, Mureş County* Tâmpa, a mountain in Braşov city...

 and Sarasota. The area is surrounded by waterway
Waterway
A waterway is any navigable body of water. Waterways can include rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and canals. In order for a waterway to be navigable, it must meet several criteria:...

s, both fresh and saltwater. Along the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a partially landlocked ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. In...

 and into Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary along the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida, comprising Hillsborough Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay."Tampa Bay" is not the name of any municipality...

 are over 20 miles of Florida beaches - many which are shaded by Australian pines
Casuarina
Casuarina is a genus of 17 species in the family Casuarinaceae, native to Australasia, southeast Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It was once treated as the sole genus in the family, but has been split into three genera .They are evergreen shrubs and trees growing to 35 m tall...

. Bordered on the north by the Manatee River
Manatee River
The Manatee River is a river in Manatee County, Florida. The river arises in the northeastern corner of Manatee County and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at the southern edge of Tampa Bay. The Manatee River has a watershed that is approximately . Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir, is located...

, Bradenton is located on the mainland and is separated from the outer barrier island
Barrier island
Barrier islands, a coastal landform and a type of barrier system, are relatively narrow strips of sand that parallel the mainland coast. They usually occur in chains, consisting of anything from a few islands to more than a dozen...

s of Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida in the United States. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the south by Longboat Pass , on the east by Anna Maria Sound, and on the north by Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island...

 and Longboat Key
Longboat Key, Florida
Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located on the barrier island of the same name. Longboat Key is south of Anna Maria Island, between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is almost equally divided between Manatee...

 by the Intracoastal Waterway
Intracoastal Waterway
The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are artificial canals...

.

Downtown Bradenton is located in the northwest area of the city. Home to many of Bradenton's offices and government buildings, the tallest is the Bradenton Financial Center, 12 stories high, with its trademark blue-green windows. Next tallest is the brand new Manatee County Judicial Center with eight floors, located next to the historic courthouse. Other major downtown buildings include the Manatee County
Manatee County, Florida
Manatee County is a county in the state of Florida. According to the 2010 census by the U.S. Census Bureau there are 322,833 people living in Manatee Country.Manatee County is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area...

 Government building and the headquarters of the School Board of Manatee County.

The eastern side of Bradenton is growing at a rapid rate. Initially starting as the popular subdivision Lakewood Ranch, it is now becoming a heavily populated part of town. Most of the communities are newer than in West Bradenton. However the majority of foreclosures in Manatee County takes place in that area due to the fact, that a much higher loss in value happened compared to the areas of West Bradenton which is located nearer to the beaches.

Demographics

As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 49,504 people, 21,379 households, and 12,720 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 4,088.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,578.3/km2). There were 24,887 housing units at an average density of 2,055.4 per square mile (793.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.14% White, 15.11% African American, 0.79% Asian, 0.29% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.91% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.26% of the population.
There were 21,379 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,902, and the median income for a family was $42,366. Males had a median income of $28,262 versus $23,292 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $20,133. About 9.7% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Tropicana Products
Tropicana Products
Tropicana Products is an American based company, and was founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi in Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A. Since 1998, it has been owned by PepsiCo, Inc. Tropicana's headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.-Anthony T. Rossi:...

 is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi
Anthony T. Rossi
Anthony Talamo Rossi was an Italian immigrant who founded Tropicana Products, a producer of orange juice founded in 1947 in Bradenton, Florida in the United States which grew from 50 employees to over 8,000 in 2004, expanding into multiple product lines and became one of the world's largest...

, an Italian immigrant, it has grown to over 8,000 employees in 2004, and markets its products throughout the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. It has been owned by PepsiCo
PepsiCo
PepsiCo Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Purchase, New York, United States, with interests in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages, and other products. PepsiCo was formed in 1965 with the merger of the Pepsi-Cola Company...

, Inc. since 1998. Tropicana has entered a business deal with CSX (a train company) to haul their famous juice trains, a relationship in effect since 1971. In 2003, Tropicana's corporate headquarters were relocated to Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

 when PepsiCo consolidated their beverage business after the acquisition of Gatorade
Gatorade
Gatorade is a brand of sports-themed food and beverage products, built around its signature product: a line of sports drinks. Gatorade is currently manufactured by PepsiCo, distributed in over 80 countries...

, but their juice production still remains in Bradenton. Champs Sports
Champs Sports
Champs Sports, is the second-largest component retailer in the Foot Locker family of stores. Champs offers for sale footwear, apparel and sporting goods. The company sponsors the Champs Sports Bowl college football game...

, a nationwide sports-apparel chain, is headquartered in Bradenton, as is department store chain Bealls. Bradenton has been considerably hard hit by the United States housing market correction
United States housing market correction
A United States housing market correction is a market correction or "bubble bursting" of a United States housing bubble; the most recent began following a national home price peak first identified in July 2006. Because realty trades in illiquid markets relative to financial assets such as common...

, as reported by CNN
CNN
Cable News Network is a U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States...

, projecting a 24.8% loss in median home values by the third quarter of 2008.

Education

Colleges near Bradenton include The University of South Florida-Manatee Sarasota Campus, State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College), New College of Florida
New College of Florida
New College of Florida is a public liberal arts college located in Sarasota, Florida. It was founded originally as a private institution and is now an autonomous honors college of the State University System of Florida.-History:...

, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, graduate school of medicine and pharmacy and is currently the largest medical college in the country. Founded in 1992 in Erie, Pennsylvania., LECOM is a member of the Millcreek Health System in partnership with Millcreek Geriatric...

, Gordon University and Manatee Technical Institute. Some of the middle schools are Martha B. King Middle School
Martha B. King Middle School
Martha B. King Middle School is located in Bradenton, Florida. It was recently remodeled and opened back up for the first time ever for the 2006-2007 school year.- Beginning :...

, W. D. Sugg Middle School
W. D. Sugg Middle School
W. D. Sugg Middle School is a middle school located in West Bradenton, Florida serving students in grades 6-8. It is part of the Manatee County School District. W. D. Sugg Middle School is the "Home of the Cyclones". It has a soccer and basketball team....

, Louise R. Johnson Middle School, Braden River Middle School, Sara Scott Harllee Middle School, Electa Lee Middle School, St. Joseph's Catholic School, and Carlos E. Haile Middle School. High schools include Manatee School for the Arts, Southeast High School, Bayshore High School
Bayshore High School
Bayshore High School is an American public high school located in Bradenton, Florida. It is part of Manatee County School District. David Underhill is the current principal.Bayshore High School is located at 5401 34th Street West, Bradenton FL 34210...

, Palmetto High School (Florida)
Palmetto High School (Florida)
Palmetto High School is a high school located in Palmetto, Florida. The school's athletic teams are known as the Tigers, and the school colors are red, white, and black. The school's principal is former NFL player Willie Clark. The school currently serves over 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12....

, Manatee High School
Manatee High School
Manatee High School is an American public high school in Bradenton, Florida operated by the Manatee County School District.- History :What is now Manatee High School has had at least four names over the years and has had several different grade configurations during that time...

, Braden River High School, Lakewood Ranch High School
Lakewood Ranch High School
The Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County, Florida, United States, was opened in 1998 in Bradenton, Florida. It is named after the housing development it borders, Lakewood Ranch.- External links :*****...

, Community Christian School
Community Christian School
Community Christian School is a private school, and Christian school in Stockbridge, Georgia. It is commonly noted as CCS. It educates grades K3-12th, and also runs a nursery. CCS is also a college preparatory school, and operates on the of land also occupied by Community Bible Church, or CBC....

, Bradenton Christian School, the oldest private Christian school in the county, the Out of Door Academy
Out of Door Academy
Out-of-Door Academy is a college preparatory school in Sarasota, Florida. It serves students in prekindergarten through grade 12 on two campuses in the Sarasota area, one on Siesta Key and one in Lakewood Ranch....

, and Saint Stephen's Episcopal School. The University of South Florida
University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, also known as USF, is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, one of the state's three flagship universities for public research, and is located in Tampa, Florida, USA...

 also maintains a Sarasota-Manatee branch which serves college students in the area. New College of Florida
New College of Florida
New College of Florida is a public liberal arts college located in Sarasota, Florida. It was founded originally as a private institution and is now an autonomous honors college of the State University System of Florida.-History:...

, the state's honors college, is located on the border between Bradenton and Sarasota. International Theological Seminary is headquartered in Bradenton. The world-renowned tennis academy
Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy
The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy is located in Bradenton, Florida, and was founded in 1978 by Nick Bollettieri as a full-time tennis boarding school that combines intensive tennis training with an academic curriculum....

, run by Nick Bollettieri
Nick Bollettieri
Nicholas James Bollettieri is an American tennis coach who is credited with developing many world-class champions, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Mary Pierce. Recently, he has worked with 2006 U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova, Jelena Janković, Nicole Vaidišová and Sabine...

, bears a Bradenton address. The academy is managed by IMG and is also the home of the David Leadbetter
David Leadbetter (golf instructor)
David Leadbetter is a leading golf instructor, originally from Worthing in England. He began his career on the European and Southern African tours, but had little success as a player...

 junior golf academy. IMG also runs the IMG Soccer Academy
IMG Soccer Academy
The IMG Soccer Academy is part of the IMG Academies located in Bradenton, Florida. It is U.S. Soccer's full-time residency program for the United States' U-17 and U-16 mens national teams. Started in 1999, it has become integral in developing the United States' top youth soccer prospects...

 for the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) full-time residency program for the US Under 17 Men's National Team. The Bradenton facilities graduates include U.S. international soccer stars, Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan
Landon Timothy Donovan is an American soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the United States. He usually plays as a withdrawn forward, and can also be used as an attacking midfielder on either wing....

, DaMarcus Beasley
DaMarcus Beasley
DaMarcus Lamont Beasley is an American soccer player who plays for Puebla of the Mexican Primera División. He plays mainly as a winger on the left side of the midfield, but has also been used as a forward and fullback...

 and Freddy Adu
Freddy Adu
Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu is a Ghanaian-born American soccer player who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. He plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward....

.

Transportation

Bradenton is served by Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is an airport located between Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The airport is shared by both Manatee County and Sarasota County . Most airlines refer to the airport on destination maps and flight status displays as just "Sarasota", as that is the more...

 in nearby Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers...

 and is connected to St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It is known as a vacation destination for both American and foreign tourists. As of 2008, the population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau is 245,314, making St...

 by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Florida, with a cable-stayed main span, and a total length of 21,877 feet . It is part of I-275 and US 19 , connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida, passing through Hillsborough...

. The Sunshine Skyway is a 5.5 miles (8.9 km) cross-bay bridge that rises 250 feet (76 m) above the bay at its highest point. Remnants of the old Skyway bridge have been converted into a fishing pier extending into Tampa Bay from both sides of the bay.

Manatee County Area Transit
Manatee County Area Transit
Manatee County Area Transit provides public transportation for Manatee County, Florida and is operated by the county. MCAT maintains 13 fixed-line bus routes plus a dial-a-ride paratransit service . Bus service is offered throughout Manatee County from 530am until 7pm 6 days a week...

 (MCAT) buses serve Bradenton, with transfers to Sarasota and Palmetto. Trolleys run north-south on Anna Maria Island. Amtrak charter buses run through downtown Bradenton outside the courthouse to Tampa Union Station and Venice.

Government

The city is incorporated and the largest city in Manatee County. It is governed by a City Council with five members. It also has a mayor and vice mayor.

In July 2009, the city of Bradenton made national news when the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty ranked it number nine on the groups' list of 10 "meanest cities" in America in their published report Homes Not Handcuffs: List of 'Meanest Cities.

Newspaper

  • The Bradenton Times
    The Bradenton Times
    The Bradenton Times is an on-line-only newspaper founded and continuously published on the Internet from Bradenton, Florida. It is a web news and community resource site for Bradenton and Manatee County designed to supply broad coverage of information about the community as well as current local,...

     is Manatee County's local online newspaper, published daily with a weekly email recap.
  • The Bradenton Herald is Manatee County's local newspaper, published daily.
  • Daily editions of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times
    St. Petersburg Times
    The St. Petersburg Times is a United States newspaper. It is one of two major publications serving the Tampa Bay Area, the other being The Tampa Tribune, which the Times tops in both circulation and readership. Based in St...

     are also available throughout the area.

Radio Stations

Bradenton is located in the Sarasota-Bradenton radio market. It also receives many stations from the nearby Tampa-St. Petersburg market.

The stations listed below are located and/or licensed in Bradenton or Manatee County:
  • WBRD
    WBRD
    WBRD is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Palmetto, Florida, USA, the station serves the Bradenton area. The station is owned by Birach Broadcasting Corporation....

     - 1420 AM
  • WWPR - 1490AM
  • WJIS
    WJIS
    - External links :*...

     - 88.1
  • WLLD
    WLLD
    WLLD is a Rhythmic Contemporary Hits-formatted radio station licensed to Lakeland, Florida that serves the Tampa Bay area in Florida, and is owned by CBS Radio. Although the target audience of WiLD 94.1 is mainly people of ages 18–34, its main competitor is currently Clear Channel-owned Mainstream...

     - 94.1 FM (Formerly 98.7FM) (studios and transmitter in Pinellas County)
  • WHPT
    WHPT
    WHPT is a Cox Radio station located in the Sarasota, Tampa Bay, and St. Petersburg Florida areas, but can be heard as far south as Fort Myers and Naples, from its transmitter near SR 70, near the northeastern corner of Sarasota County. While the station's license and transmitter is based within...

     - 102.5FM (Sarasota; transmitter in Manatee County; studios in St. Petersburg)
  • WCTQ
    WCTQ
    WCTQ is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Sarasota, Florida, USA, it serves the Sarasota / Bradenton area. The station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications....

     - 106.5FM "Bradenton's Country"

Television stations

Bradenton and Manatee County are located in the Tampa Bay television market. WWSB
WWSB
WWSB Channel 40 is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Florida Suncoast that is licensed to Sarasota. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter on Rutland Road in the unincorporated Manatee County community of Rye, about 5 miles ESE of Parrish...

 channel 7, the local ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

 affiliate, is based in Sarasota, but has a transmitter in Parrish, northeast of Bradenton. WXPX
WXPX
WXPX-TV is a television station licensed to Bradenton, Florida. Operating on channel 66 , it is an Ion Television affiliate, owned and operated by ION Media Networks , which has owned the station since its founding in 1994.Current programming on WXPX is virtually the same as other ION affiliates --...

 channel 66, the local Ion Television affiliate, is licensed in Bradenton, with analog facilities in Manatee County (at WHPT's site), and digital facilities in Riverview
Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida
Riverview is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is located near Brandon. The population was 71,050 at the 2010 census....

, in Hillsborough County.and 100.7 MIX

Culture

Bradenton is home to the Village of the Arts
Village of the Arts
The Village of the Arts is Florida's largest art colony and the center of fine arts in the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area. The Village covers and contains over 200 homes. Many people reside in the area alongside the artists...

, a renovated neighborhood immediately south of downtown where special zoning laws allow residents to live and work in their homes. Many of these once dilapidated houses have been converted into studios, galleries, small restaurants and other small businesses. The Village of the Arts
Village of the Arts
The Village of the Arts is Florida's largest art colony and the center of fine arts in the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area. The Village covers and contains over 200 homes. Many people reside in the area alongside the artists...

 promotes its 'First Fridays' activities celebrating the seasons and different holidays. The Village of the Arts
Village of the Arts
The Village of the Arts is Florida's largest art colony and the center of fine arts in the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area. The Village covers and contains over 200 homes. Many people reside in the area alongside the artists...

 remains the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast.

The Manatee Players, who current play at Bradenton's Riverfront Theatre, have a three-year record of first-place wins within the Florida Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference competitions. In addition, the theatre currently holds the first place title from the American Association of Community Theatre
American Association of Community Theatre
The American Association of Community Theatre is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1986 to be the voice of community theater in the United States. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the AACT represents over 7,000 theaters and 1 million volunteers...

 competition.

Located on the Manatee River
Manatee River
The Manatee River is a river in Manatee County, Florida. The river arises in the northeastern corner of Manatee County and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at the southern edge of Tampa Bay. The Manatee River has a watershed that is approximately . Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir, is located...

 in downtown Bradenton is the South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum
The South Florida Museum, located in Bradenton, Florida, is a museum specializing in the natural and cultural history of Florida's gulf coast. It houses exhibits highlighting Florida history from the prehistoric to the present period....

, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium. This one-stop museum-planetarium-aquarium offers a glimpse of Florida history, a star and multimedia show, and ongoing lecture and film series. The Mote Aquarium is the permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident and official mascot, Snooty
Snooty
Snooty is a Florida Manatee , that resides at the South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida. Born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on , Snooty was one of the first recorded captive manatee births. Snooty is the oldest manatee in captivity, and likely the oldest...

, the manatee
Manatee
Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows...

. Born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948, Snooty was one of the first recorded captive manatee births. He is the oldest manatee in captivity, and likely the oldest manatee in the world.

ArtCenter Manatee is the center for art and art education in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries, five classrooms, an Artists’ Market gift shop and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes.

Sports

Bradenton is the spring training home of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

's Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

 who play their home games at downtown's McKechnie Field. During the regular baseball season, the stadium is home to the minor league Bradenton Marauders
Bradenton Marauders
The Bradenton Marauders are a minor league baseball team based in Bradenton, Florida that plays in the Florida State League. The Marauders are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their home games are played at McKechnie Field, which also serves as the Pirates' spring training...

 who play in the Florida State League in Class A-Advanced. Though no other professional teams call the city home, the State College of Florida's Manatees compete in several sports, and Manatee County high schools produce several highly competitive teams including Manatee High School
Manatee High School
Manatee High School is an American public high school in Bradenton, Florida operated by the Manatee County School District.- History :What is now Manatee High School has had at least four names over the years and has had several different grade configurations during that time...

 whose football team was nationally ranked in 2010 and 2011 and has won four state championships. The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy
Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy
The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy is located in Bradenton, Florida, and was founded in 1978 by Nick Bollettieri as a full-time tennis boarding school that combines intensive tennis training with an academic curriculum....

 is also located in Brandenton. Brandenton is also home to the IMG Soccer Academy, the home of the U.S U-17 Residential soccer program.

Notable people

  • Elias Abuelazam
    Elias Abuelazam
    Elias Abuelazam is an Israeli Arab suspect of racial serial killing and multiple stabbings. He is suspected in killings and stabbings in Genesee County, Michigan, and stabbings in Leesburg, Virginia and Toledo, Ohio in the spring and summer of 2010; as well as a March 2009 homicide in Leesburg...

     - serial killer
    Serial killer
    A serial killer, as typically defined, is an individual who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time between the murders, and whose motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification...

  • Freddy Adu
    Freddy Adu
    Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu is a Ghanaian-born American soccer player who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. He plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward....

     - Soccer player
  • Jozy Altidore
    Jozy Altidore
    Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore is an American soccer player currently playing for Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, and for the United States national team....

     - Soccer player
  • Paul Azinger
    Paul Azinger
    Paul William Azinger is an American professional golfer and occasional on air golf analyst. He spent almost 300 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1988 and 1994.-Early years:...

     - Golfer
  • DaMarcus Beasley
    DaMarcus Beasley
    DaMarcus Lamont Beasley is an American soccer player who plays for Puebla of the Mexican Primera División. He plays mainly as a winger on the left side of the midfield, but has also been used as a forward and fullback...

     - Soccer player
  • Ričardas Berankis
    Ricardas Berankis
    Ričardas Berankis is a Lithuanian professional tennis player. He is the highest ranked Lithuanian tennis player of all time.- Early career :Berankis began playing tennis at the age of two...

     - Tennis player
  • Dickey Betts
    Dickey Betts
    Forrest Richard "Dickey" Betts is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and also won with the band a best rock performance Grammy Award for his...

     - guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock/blues band once based in Macon, Georgia. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman , who were supported by Dickey Betts , Berry Oakley , Butch Trucks , and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe"...

  • Bobby Convey
    Bobby Convey
    Robert Francis "Bobby" Convey is an American soccer player.-Youth:Convey attended the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, played club soccer for the Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa, and was a member of the initial class of the Bradenton Academy that also included current national team...

     - Soccer player
  • Ed Culpepper
    Ed Culpepper
    Ed Culpepper is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals before moving with the team to St. Louis, Missouri before the 1960 NFL season. Culpepper was later selected in the 1961 NFL Expansion Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and would...

     - Football player
  • Taylor Dent
    Taylor Dent
    Taylor Phillip Dent is a retired professional tennis player from the United States.-Early career and back injury:He won 4 ATP singles titles during his career: Newport , Bangkok , Memphis , and Moscow , and reached the finals of three other events on tour...

     - Tennis player
  • Tim Donaghy
    Tim Donaghy
    Tim Donaghy is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons, from 1994 to 2007. During his career in the NBA, Donaghy officiated in 772 regular season games and 20 playoff games...

     - NBA referee
  • Landon Donovan
    Landon Donovan
    Landon Timothy Donovan is an American soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the United States. He usually plays as a withdrawn forward, and can also be used as an attacking midfielder on either wing....

     - Soccer player
  • Pee Wee Ellis
    Pee Wee Ellis
    Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis is an American saxophonist, composer and arranger. He was an important member of James Brown's band in the 1960s and appeared on many of Brown's most notable recordings...

     - Saxophonist
  • Tommie Frazier
    Tommie Frazier
    Tommie James Frazier, Jr. is a former American football player and coach in the United States. He played quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers....

     - Football Player
  • Tommy Haas
    Tommy Haas
    Tommy Haas is a German and recently naturalized American professional tennis player. He has competed on the ATP Tour since 1996. After breaking into the world top 100 in 1997, and reaching a career-high ranking of world no...

     - Tennis player
  • Tony Jacklin
    Tony Jacklin
    Anthony Jacklin CBE is an English golfer, who was the most successful British player of his generation. He was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.-Early life and education:...

     - Golfer
  • Eddie Johnson
    Eddie Johnson (American soccer player)
    Edward "Eddie" Johnson is an American soccer player who is currently out of contract. He also plays for the United States national team, although he has not been called up since 2010.-Beginning of career and Dallas:...

     - Soccer player
  • Michaëlla Krajicek
    Michaëlla Krajicek
    Michaëlla Krajicek is a Dutch professional tennis player. Her highest WTA ranking was number 30 on 11 February 2008. She currently is the second best ranked player from the Netherlands behind Arantxa Rus.-Personal life:...

     - Tennis player
  • Sabine Lisicki
    Sabine Lisicki
    Sabine Lisicki is a German professional tennis player of Polish background.Lisicki has won three WTA singles tournaments in her career and one doubles tournament . She reached the semifinals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and also reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships...

     - Tennis player
  • Iva Majoli
    Iva Majoli
    Iva Majoli Marić is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles and one women's doubles title during her career.-Career:Majoli turned professional in 1991 at the age...

     - Tennis player
  • Mayday Parade
    Mayday Parade
    Mayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. The band formed in 2005 when members of popular local Tallahassee bands Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment converged in 2006. Their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends was released in 2006, and sold over 20,000 copies without any...

     - Pop rock
    Pop rock
    Pop rock is a music genre which mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its guitar-based rock songs. There are varying definitions of the term, ranging from a slower and mellower form of rock music to a subgenre of pop music...

     band
  • Lastings Milledge
    Lastings Milledge
    Lastings Darnell Milledge is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He was the youngest player in the National League during the 2006 season.-Early life:Milledge was born in Bradenton, Florida...

     - Pittsburgh Pirates
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

     baseball player
  • Max Mirnyi
    Max Mirnyi
    Max Mirnyi is a professional tennis player from Belarus.Today Mirnyi is a doubles specialist, but he also enjoyed a good singles career, finishing in the top 50 in the world for seven straight years, as well as representing Belarus in Davis Cup competition since April 1994, where he holds a...

     - Tennis player
  • Jamie Moyer
    Jamie Moyer
    Jamie Moyer is an American professional left handed baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. At the time of his last game to date , he was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active Major League pitcher...

     - baseball player
  • Kei Nishikori
    Kei Nishikori
    is a Japanese tennis player, currently ranked 25th in the world, as of 10 October 2011. He began playing tennis at the age of five, and on 17 July 2007 he qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, California at the age of 17.-Junior career:Nishikori won...

     - Tennis Player
  • Maria Sharapova
    Maria Sharapova
    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova ,. is a Russian professional tennis player and a former world no. 1. A US resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open...

     - Tennis player
  • DJ Sharaz
    DJ Sharaz
    Sharaz is a DJ and electronica producer in the Bradenton, FL area who is known for many national remixes, especially in the form of Florida breaks and breakbeat. He is originally from East Chicago, but in 1986 moved to Florida to attend College...

     - Techno
    Techno
    Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the United States during the mid to late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno, in reference to a genre of music, was in 1988...

     disc jockey
    Disc jockey
    A disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Originally, "disc" referred to phonograph records, not the later Compact Discs. Today, the term includes all forms of music playback, no matter the medium.There are several types of disc jockeys...

     and Billboard (magazine)
    Billboard (magazine)
    Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry, and is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis...

    -charted dance artist
  • Since October
    Since October
    Since October is an American Christian rock band from Bradenton, Florida.-History:Since October was signed to Tooth and Nail Records in 2007. They sold over 5,000 copies of an independent release prior to signing to Tooth and Nail. Their second album, This Is My Heart, was released on May 27, 2008...

     - Christian rock
    Christian rock
    Christian rock is a form of rock music played by individuals and bands whose members are Christians and who often focus the lyrics on matters concerned with the Christian faith. The extent to which their lyrics are explicitly Christian varies between bands...

     band
  • Peter Warrick
    Peter Warrick
    Peter Warrick is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals fourth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft...

     - Football player
  • Fabian Washington
    Fabian Washington
    -Oakland Raiders:During his rookie year he played all 16 games with 11 starts and recorded 40 tackles. In his second season with the Raiders, Washington started in all 14 games he played in and had 43 tackles and four interceptions . During his third season with the Raiders in 2007 he played in 15...

     - Baltimore Ravens
    Baltimore Ravens
    The Baltimore Ravens are a professional football franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland.The Baltimore Ravens are officially a quasi-expansion franchise, having originated in 1995 with the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy after Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced his...

     cornerback
  • Danielle White
    Danielle White
    Danielle Marie White is an American singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who was raised in Bradenton, Florida...

     - Winner of American Juniors
  • We The Kings
    We the Kings
    We the Kings is an American powerpop band formed in 2005 from Bradenton, Florida, currently signed to record label S-Curve Records. The group released their self-titled full-length debut album in 2007, which peaked at No. 151 on the Billboard 200. Their second full-length album, Smile Kid, was...

     - Pop punk
    Pop punk
    Pop punk is a fusion music genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees. Allmusic describes the genre as a strand of alternative rock, which typically merges pop melodies with speedy punk tempos, chord changes and loud guitars...

     band
  • Paula Creamer
    Paula Creamer
    Paula Creamer is an American professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. As a professional, she has won 11 tournaments, including 9 LPGA Tour events. Creamer has been as high as number 2 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She was the 2010 U.S...

     - LPGA Golfer

Points of interest

  • ArtCenter Manatee
  • Bradenton Marauders
    Bradenton Marauders
    The Bradenton Marauders are a minor league baseball team based in Bradenton, Florida that plays in the Florida State League. The Marauders are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their home games are played at McKechnie Field, which also serves as the Pirates' spring training...

     minor league baseball team
  • Cortez Fishing Village
    Cortez Historic District
    The Cortez Historic District is a U.S. historic district located in Cortez, Florida. The district is bounded by Cortez Road, 119th Street W, Sarasota Bay and 124th Street Court W.-External links:* at...

  • De Soto National Memorial
    De Soto National Memorial
    De Soto National Memorial, 5 miles west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States.-De Soto expedition:...

  • Gamble Mansion (Ellenton)
    Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
    Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is a Florida State Park located in Ellenton, Florida on the Manatee River and US 301. It consists of the antebellum mansion developed by the first owner, Major Robert Gamble; a 40,000-gallon cistern to provide the household with fresh water; and of the sugar...

  • Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
  • Manatee Village Historical Park
  • Myakka River State Park
    Myakka River State Park
    Myakka River State Park is a Florida State Park, that is located nine miles east of I-75 in Sarasota in Sarasota County and that includes portions of southeastern Manatee County. A small portion of the park was the gift of the family of Bertha Palmer to the state, being a portion of her massive...

  • Palma Sola Botanical Park
    Palma Sola Botanical Park
    Palma Sola Botanical Park is a botanical garden located at 9800 17th Avenue N.W. Bradenton, Florida, USA. It is open daily without charge....

  • Pittsburgh Pirates
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

     spring training
    Spring training
    In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives existing team players practice time prior to competitive play...

     at McKechnie Field
    McKechnie Field
    McKechnie Field is a baseball field located in Bradenton, Florida. It is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is named for Bradenton resident and baseball great, Bill McKechnie, who led the Pirates in 1925, the Cincinnati Reds in 1940 and the Cleveland Indians in 1948 to World...

  • South Florida Museum
    South Florida Museum
    The South Florida Museum, located in Bradenton, Florida, is a museum specializing in the natural and cultural history of Florida's gulf coast. It houses exhibits highlighting Florida history from the prehistoric to the present period....

    , home of Snooty
    Snooty
    Snooty is a Florida Manatee , that resides at the South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida. Born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on , Snooty was one of the first recorded captive manatee births. Snooty is the oldest manatee in captivity, and likely the oldest...

     the manatee
  • Village of the Arts
    Village of the Arts
    The Village of the Arts is Florida's largest art colony and the center of fine arts in the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area. The Village covers and contains over 200 homes. Many people reside in the area alongside the artists...


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