My Government

Affordable Housing and Community Development

Our mission is to provide quality affordable housing and community services to the citizens of Clearwater. Our department provides a variety of programs and services and makes connections to resources aimed at improving the economic and socio-economic conditions of Clearwater residents.


The objective of the City Audit Department is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services to assist the organization achieve its mission and continuously improve operations. The City Audit Department achieves this by employing a systematic, disciplined, risk-based approach to measure the effectiveness of the risk management, control, and governance processes.

City Attorney

The objective of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide timely, cost-efficient, quality services and advice to support the City Council, the city manager, and the city departments, boards and agencies in fulfilling their missions and goals: and to advance, advocate and safeguard the interests of the city within the bounds of the law.

City Clerk

The City Clerk's office is the custodian of the city's current and historical knowledge. It is the city's objective to receive, organize, maintain, preserve and disseminate this knowledge.

City Manager's Office

The objective of the City Manager’s Office is to support the Mayor and City Council's vision, mission and strategic direction to ensure that the Clearwater government provides the municipal services and infrastructure necessary for a high quality of life for all our citizens.

Community Redevelopment Agency

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent taxing district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the tax base, creating and retaining employment opportunities, and encouraging public and private investments in the CRA.

Economic Development

The city of Clearwater’s Economic Development Division is committed to supporting the economic growth and vitality of our community with comprehensive support services that fosters an inclusive, pro-business climate.

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management department provides information on things such as hurricane preparedness, red tide, and COVID-19.

Finance & Budget

The Finance Department encompasses all accounting, financing, purchasing and treasury activities within the city. It includes commercial accounts payable, cash disbursements, custody and recording of revenues accruing to the city, debt management, investment activities, review of the financial activities of city functions, pension administration, and more.

Clearwater, Florida is a progressive city that is committed to enhancing residents' lives while preserving a heritage that is rich in culture and exquisite in landscape. Here you'll find everything you could expect from a tropical paradise and much more.

Clearwater History

Literally translated "Clear Water" from the Native American "Pocotopaug", the area was named for its abundant fresh springs along the shore. Settled by colonists in the mid-1830s, it was not until the 1890s that Clearwater gained a reputation as a resort community.

When this area was home to only the Native Americans, clear springs gurgled from the banks into the bay. The springs, long since gone, were located along the high bluffs upon which Downtown Clearwater are now situated. Early settlers called it Clear Water Harbor, by which it was known until 1895 when Clearwater became one word. Harbor was dropped in 1906.

Florida became a territory in 1822. During the Seminole Indian Wars of 1835, the government built the original Fort Harrison as a recuperation center for soldiers, and not as a defensive fort. It was located on the bluffs where Harbor Oaks neighborhood is located now. The fort was abandoned in 1841, and is commemorated by a plaque on Druid Road.

The Federal Armed Occupation Act of 1842 gave 160 acres to any head of family or single man over 18 who would bear arms and cultivate the land. The "father of Clearwater," James Stevens, and Samuel Stevenson were among the first settlers. After a visit in 1841, James Parramore McMullen and his six brothers settled in the Clearwater area. They and their descendants held many important governmental positions throughout the early years.

Clearwater grew steadily throughout the early part of the century. Tourists and settlers were drawn to the area because of the climate.

  • 1914: Morton F. Plant, the son of well-known Henry Plant, donated and raised money for the first hospital
  • May 27, 1915: The city of Clearwater was incorporated.
  • 1916: The first library was built with a grant from Andrew Carnegie.
  • 1916: The city built the first wooden bridge to Clearwater Beach, opening it up for development.
  • 1921: The Capitol Theatre opened in Downtown Clearwater.
  • 1940: The Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team began spring training.

The population continued to steadily climb. After World War II, a number of soldiers who had trained here returned to live. From 1950, with 15,000 residents, the population continued to grow until it reached the number of citizens that we have today.

Clearwater Today

Today, fun and sun lovers still come from around the world, and although Clearwater is a great get-away location, it's an even better place to live. Our community is friendly and socially responsive, and our city government is economically active and environmentally conscious. The city provides residents with programs and resources they need and the amenities they desire. 

Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is located on the highest coastal bluff in Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Clearwater is approximately 115,975 residents, according to the demographic profile.

What's Nearby

Two major airports are conveniently nearby: Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. In addition, Clearwater is also home to the Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station and is the 13th Coast Guard City in the United States. The downtown area is the gateway to the beautiful Clearwater beaches and the Coast Guard Station on Sand Key. Public transportation is available in the form of the Jolley Trolley (and the Jolley Trolley Tracker Mobile App), Clearwater Ferry, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

City Projects

These are key projects that are taking place in the city of Clearwater. All construction dates that are listed can change based on weather, conditions, or contractor delays.


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