Bay Crest Civic Association

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Our Neighborhood

Welcome to this short overview of our community. Whether you are a new resident, visiting, or just looking at residential areas in Hillsborough County, we hope this information will be of use. To help you get acquainted with the area, here is a short information summary.

Geographically, Bay Crest Park is made up of three neighborhoods. Old Bay Crest is to the west, accessible from Memorial Highway via Bay Crest Drive and Stillbrook Avenue; Middle Bay Crest, accessible via Millwood Drive; and New Bay Crest to the east, accessible via Lopez Drive and Bay Pointe Drive. To view a map of the neighborhood and listing of street names, click here.

Politically, we are located in U. S. Congressional District 11, Florida State Senate District 20, State House District 57, County Commission District I and School Board District 1. Our voting precinct is 401. The polling place normally used is Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Memorial Highway, midway between Millwood Drive and Lopez Drive. The early voting location is usually the Town 'N Country Regional Library at 7606 W. Paula Drive.

Bay Crest Park is conveniently located to a number of nearby attractions that are within a half-hour's drive or less. There are several major shopping malls, public golf courses, Raymond James Stadium (Buccaneers and USF football), Steinbrenner Field (NY Yankees spring training and Florida State League baseball), Tampa Bay Downs horse racing track, and Tampa International Airport. Nearby Interstate 275 leads to Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Gulf beaches to the west or to downtown Tampa and the St. Pete Times Forum, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, the Glazer Children's Museum and the Channelside District (with the Florida Aquarium). The nearby Veterans Expressway continues north to the Suncoast Parkway leading to Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. Both are toll roads.

Bay Crest Park's boat rampA unique feature of our neighborhood is the Bay Crest Park-owned boat ramp and launch facility, located at Bay Crest Drive and Gilbert Avenue. The ramp is for exclusive use of Bay Crest residents, who register for a free permit and decal with the Bay Crest Special Dependent Taxing District. The Tax District gained ownership and total responsibility for operations from Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation in 2010, and now maintains the facility for the use and enjoyment of bona fide residents.

County parks and playgrounds in our area are located on Jackson Springs Road, Kelly Road and Webb Road. Upper Tampa Bay Park is about five miles west, exit south off Hillsborough Avenue. Lowry Park Zoo, an award-winning family facility, is operated by the City of Tampa at the intersection of Sligh Avenue and North Boulevard.

The main post office is located at Tampa International Airport and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A branch post office is located at the intersection of Ambassador Drive and Paula Drive, just north of Hillsborough Avenue, as is the Town 'N Country Regional Public Library and the Town 'N Country Commons park area.

Public schools for Bay Crest Park children are Bay Crest Elementary (grades K-5), Webb Middle School (grades 6-8), and Alonso High School (grades 9-12). There are several private schools nearby, including Berkeley Prep (grades K-12), Incarnation Catholic (grades K-8), a Montessori school and West Gate Baptist (grades K-12). A number of day care centers and preschools are also nearby.

Canal to Old Tampa BayBay Crest Park is zoned as RSC-6, residential use only. Most of the 935 single-family homes in our community were built between 1960-1970 and the majority of them have been well maintained. There are 354 waterfront homes in the community. Access to Old Tampa Bay is provided through a network of canals within the subdivision.

Residents are expected to comply with all State laws and County codes and ordinances. Occasionally, neighbors may need to call on various county enforcement agencies to maintain appearance and cleanliness in our community. Everyone is encouraged to respect the rights and sensitivities of others and avoid actions that annoy or inconvenience our neighbors.

Again, welcome to Bay Crest Park. We appreciate your interest in our community.