Pinellas Park is located in the “heart of Pinellas County,” just west of Interstate 275 and south of State Road 686 in south-central Florida.  U.S. Highway 19 runs in a north-south direction through Pinellas Park.  Interstate 275 and U.S. Highway 19 allow travelers short routes to Florida’s network of roads and expressways.

The community is also accessible via air, sea and rail travel. The area’s large population, history with the rail industry and proximity to water make alternative travel options simple.

The Port of Tampa and Port Manatee are industrial seaports located near Pinellas Park and the Gateway area. They are Florida’s largest and fourth largest, respectively, and combine to offer a wide variety of cost-effective shipping options.

The CSX rail line nearly runs the length of Pinellas Park and operates seven days per week. The line is primarily for cargo, but the Tampa Amtrak station allows commuter travel to nearly anywhere in the country. A convenient shuttle bus system takes travelers to and from Pinellas Park and the station located in nearby Tampa.

The greater Gateway area, which includes parts of Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, and unincorporated Pinellas County, is located in one of the most densely populated areas of Florida, in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region. The Gateway area extends eastward to Tampa Bay and offers quick access to the entire Tampa Bay area. A thriving business market, the Gateway area is especially attractive because of its easy access via Interstate 275 to population centers on the west coast of Florida. Access to the area is enhanced by the Bayside Bridge, which connects to northern Pinellas County and southern Pasco County.  Just east of the Gateway area is the Howard Frankland Bridge, which travels over Tampa Bay and into Hillsborough County and Tampa.

Both the Gateway area and Pinellas Park are located only 15-20 minutes from the Tampa International Airport, which is regarded as one of the most traveler-friendly facilities in the world. In addition to international and domestic passenger service from a host of major carriers, the airport offers charter flights, maintenance for private aircraft and shipping.

In the immediate Pinellas Park and Gateway area is the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), which served an estimated one million passengers in 2003. The airport continues to grow exponentially; year 2004 passenger totals are up 53% from 2003. Eight low-cost air carriers offer non-stop service direct from PIE to 17 destinations throughout the United States and Canada.  The airport’s success is primarily led by its largest carriers:  ATA Airlines, Southeast Airlines and USA 3000 Airlines.  In 2004, all three have announced new service that will add to the continuing increase in passenger traffic. The airport’s Canadian carriers have made a significant contribution to the recent growth.  The St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport is also home to the world’s busiest Coast Guard Air Station, a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter aviation regiment and serves numerous general aviation companies.

Both the Tampa International Airport and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport offer parking and have major rental car companies located in their terminals. In addition, the Clearwater Executive Airport and the Albert Whitted Municipal Airport (St. Petersburg) are both located nearby and provide general aviation and small aircraft services to the general public.

 

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