Belleair is a busy, growing community with a unique sense of civic pride. Part of Belleair's uncommon personality lies in its brief but colorful history. In the next few paragraphs, you'll discover the Belleair you live in has changed greatly in its short lifetime. As a community, Belleair started out at the end of the line. But what a line!
In the 1890's, railroad magnate Henry B. Plant constructed his showpiece hotel on a high bluff south of Clearwater, complete with a railroad siding for the private cars of his wealthy winter patrons.
The Belleview Hotel had its grand opening in January 1897. Its location was on a peninsula west of Tampa Bay which was to become Pinellas County in 1912. Guests at the Belleview enjoyed the amenities of regal, rustic living; yachting on Clearwater Bay, horseback riding in the piney woods south of the hotel; golfing, tennis, skeet shooting and bicycling.
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Updated: 23rd January, 2019 2:00 AM.