Situated between Bradenton and St. Petersburg, Palmetto has maintained its small-town feel and old Florida charm despite a growing population and added development. Land along the Manatee River has attracted condominium development that co-exists among retirement subdivisions, bungalows and cottages. Palmetto is home to family-friendly events such as the Manatee County Fair, scenic dining by the river and historic sights. Here are some things you should know about Palmetto.
History: Palmetto can be traces back to the Joseph Atzeroth family and Samuel Sparks Lamb. the Atzeroth family purchases about 50 acres of land in 1850 in Palmetto. The land near the Manatee River was eventually sold to Lamb, who arrived in Palmetto in 1868. Palmetto was incorporated as a city in 1897.
Palmetto Historical Park: The earliest structures in Palmetto are in this park on 10th Avenue West. Notable buildings include the Carnegie Library, which was built in 1914 with financial assistance from the city and the Cottage Museum which was built in 1910.
Desoto Children's Parade: For the past 15 years, this parade has been one of the traditional centerpiece events for Desoto Heritage Month.
Manatee County Fair: This fair was brought to Palmetto in 1951 in thanks to a land exchange with Manatee County that reserved space for the fairgrounds at 14th Avenue West and 17th Street West. The fair is held each January.
Green Bridge Fishing Pier: This popular Palmetto fishing spot is also good for taking an early morning or evening walk and watching the sights and sunsets along the Manatee River.
Population: The 7-square-mile-radius city has an estimated population of 14,250.
Recreation: Palmetto has 12 city-owned parks, including Emerson Point and Sutton Park.
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