The bottom of the market has hit, prices won't drop anymore. Now is the time to buy before they start rising again. We have seen a steady leveling out for several months. Things will start picking back up so if you are looking for that good deal, get it now.
The area we now call the City of Bradenton was discovered in 1539, by Hernando DeSoto when he landed on Shaw's Point to begin his 4,000 mile trek in search of El Dorado, "the lost city of gold." Each spring we commemorate his landing with a month-long celebration called "The Florida Heritage Festival."
Tropicana Products is a Bradenton-based company which is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi, an Italian immigrant, it has grown to over 8,000 employees in 2004, and has brought their products to market throughout the United States. It has been owned by PepsiCo, Inc. since 1998. Tropicana has trusted CSX with the duty of hauling their famous juice trains since 1971.
Located just south of Tampa, Bradenton is a fabulous place to explore our art and historical attractions, have fun in the sun enjoying the beach and all types of water and boat adventures, plus we are a golfer's paradise!
Bradenton is located on US 41 between Tampa and Sarasota. The area is surrounded by miles of waterways, both fresh and saltwater. Along the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and into Tampa Bay are over 20 miles of fine Florida beaches - many which are shaded by tall Australian Pines. The swimming, boating and fishing activities available in Bradenton and the surrounding locations make this a great recreational area.
Located on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton is the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium. This one-stop museum-planetarium-aquarium offers a glimpse of Florida history, a star and laser show, and viewing of live manatees.
Bradenton, located on the mainland, is separated from the outer barrier islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key by the Intracoastal Waterway. Anna Maria Bayfront Park located on the north end of Anna Maria island is a quiet beach park overlooking Tampa Bay. The business district and community of Bradenton Beach on the southern end of Anna Maria island is oriented toward vacationers who come to enjoy the surrounding beaches. Longboat Key, the next barrier island south, is popular with shell hunters along its beaches.