HouseMaids is a professional cleaning company in Bradenton Florida. The population was estimated to be just over 50,000 as of the 2012 U.S. Census. It is a key city in the Bradenton Sarasota Venice, Florida Metropolitan area, which had almost 700,000 residents at last count. The city is growing, although it still provides a mix of suburban and city living that makes it desirable for people from all walks of life.
Tropicana Products—leading producers of orange juice in the world—are based in Bradenton. It was first founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi. PepsiCo bought Tropicana in 1998. While Tropicana’s corporate offices have been relocated to Chicago, the juice production facilities still remain in Bradenton. The Bealls department store also has its headquarters in Bradenton as does the sports apparel chain, Champs Sports.
During the recession, Bradenton was hit pretty hard. A drop in median home values of almost a quarter was reported in the last part of 2008. However, the market has since stabilized and is even on the recovery. New construction has already begun anew.
Nearby Sarasota is home to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. It is also connected to St. Petersburg, Florida by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which is 5 and a half miles in length and rises as much as 250 feet above the bay. The Manatee County Area Transit, or MCAT, buses also serve the Bradenton area including Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Samoset, Palmetto, and others.
The Village of the Arts is located in Bradenton, FL. It is a renovated area just south of downtown. There are special zoning laws in this part of the city, which allow homeowners to live and work in their homes. As a result, many homes that were once in ruins have been converted into galleries, studios, restaurants, and other small businesses. It is also the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast.
Downtown Bradenton is also home to the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, and Parker Manatee Aquarium. This is all located in one convenient location right alongside the Manatee River.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hold spring training in Bradenton and play their games on McKechnie Field located in downtown Bradenton. The stadium is also home to the minor league Bradenton Marauders. DeSoto Square is a large enclosed mall that was build back in 1973. A number of stores closed during the recession and the mall has since changed ownership with the new owners ramping up plans to revitalize the mall and bring in new stores. The Palma Sola Botanical Park is free for all visitors. It was started back in 1990 as a way locals tried to save the Manatee County Palm Nursery. It is now a joint venture between the Manatee County Parks Department and the Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation. Visitors can visit and learn about rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees. There is also a pavilion and playground as well as a butterfly garden to take advantage of while there.
The whole of the city is 14.44 square miles while only 12.11 square miles of that is land and the remaining 2.33 square miles is water. The city sits between Sarasota and Tampa surrounding by both fresh water and salt water.
The Gamble Mansion is also known as the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. It is a Florida State Park located in Ellenton, just off the edge of Bradenton. It includes 16 acres that were once used as a sugar plantation and once housed more than 600 slaves to process the sugar cane. This is the only remaining antebellum plantation house in South Florida and listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places as the Robert Gamble House.
Myakka River State Park is just outside Bradenton and includes some 37,000 acres. It is both one of the oldest and largest parks in Florida. Bird watchers often enjoy a visit here, for it is a common place to spot rare birds only indigenous to Florida. It also includes a vast system of trails used for hiking. A number of campgrounds are available here for those who want to rough it for a few days. There are also trails for riding bikes and horses. There are also cabins build with palms, areas for picnics and canoeing, and boat tours available.