Madeira Beach, Florida

Coordinates: 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.79583°N 82.79056°W / 27.79583; -82.79056
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Madeira Beach, Florida
Sunset at Madeira Beach
Sunset at Madeira Beach
Mad Beach
"Two Miles Long and a Smile Wide"
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.79583°N 82.79056°W / 27.79583; -82.79056
Country United States
State Florida
County Pinellas
 • TypeCommissioner-Manager
 • Mayor (2023–2026)James Rostek
 • District 1 Commissioner (2022–2024)David Tagliarini
 • Vice Mayor/District 2 Commissioner (2022–2024)Ray Kerr
 • District 3 Commissioner (2023–2025)Eddie McGeehen
 • District 4 Commissioner (2023–2025)Ann-Marie Brooks
 • Total3.19 sq mi (8.27 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total3,895
 • Density3,966.40/sq mi (1,531.69/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33708, 33738
Area code727
FIPS code12-42400[2]
GNIS feature ID0286267[3]

Madeira Beach (/məˈdɛərə/ mə-DAIR) is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, and on the east by St. Petersburg. As of the 2020 census, the population was 3,895. The entertainment district of John's Pass is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. The city is often referred to by locals as Mad Beach.[4] It is named after the Portuguese island of Madeira.[5]


Madeira Beach is located at 27°47′45″N 82°47′26″W / 27.795853°N 82.790623°W / 27.795853; -82.790623.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land, and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (68.50%) are water.[7] The city is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico to the southwest, and Boca Ciega Bay to the northeast. One bridge, the Tom Stuart Causeway, connects Madeira Beach to the mainland, in the unincorporated community of Bay Pines. To the northwest of Madeira Beach is the town of Redington Beach, and to the southeast, across the inlet of John's Pass, is the city of Treasure Island.


John's Pass boardwalk
Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

At the 2000 census, there were 4,511 people in 2,528 households, including 1,122 families, in the city. The population density was 4,392.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,695.8/km2). There were 3,976 housing units, at an average density of 3,871.1 per square mile (1,494.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was: 97.05% White, 0.27% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 2.37%.[2]

Of the 2,528 households: 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 35.6% were married couples living together; 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present; and 55.6% were non-families. 42.4% of households were one person, and 12.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.78, and the average family size was 2.36.

The age distribution was: 8.2% under the age of 18; 4.8% from 18 to 24; 29.3% from 25 to 44; 35.7% from 45 to 64; and 22.0% that are 65 or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

The median household income was $36,671, and the median family income was $50,833. Males had a median income of $32,353, versus $27,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,097. About 4.1% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18, and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Chicken Church[edit]

Madeira Beach's Church By The Sea is a non-denominational Church serving the gulf beaches including Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, Redington, St. Pete Beach - as well as the cities of Seminole and St. Petersburg.[9][10] The Church by the Sea construction lasted from 1944 to 1946,[11][12]

The church has become a tourist attraction because its tower resembles a chicken; it is known colloquially as the "Chicken Church."[13][14]

John's Pass Marina[edit]

On September 27, 1848, a strong hurricane struck the West Coast of Florida. It separated the barrier island on the coast and created a waterway known today as John's Pass. John Levique, along with Joseph Silva, was the one who discovered it and named it after himself and is now a federally owned canal.

Taylor Lake sunset

In 2022, The Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis included in the budget $1,500,000 to dredge John's Pass. [15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Be a tourist for a day at John's Pass - St. Petersburg Times". Archived from the original on July 14, 2008.
  5. ^ The Portuguese Adstratum in North American Place–Names
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Madeira Beach city, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "About".
  10. ^ "Tampa's Official Ybor Ghost Tour Ramps up for Halloween". August 18, 2022.
  11. ^ Carlson, Jeannie (February 13, 2019). "Church by the Sea celebrates 75 years". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Keeping the faith: Madeira Beach church celebrates 75th anniversary". TBNweekly. February 13, 2019. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Galloway, Lindsey (April 2, 2013). "Florida's chicken church". BBC. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chicken Church: Florida's Church By The Sea Gives World The Bird, Attracts Hundreds". The Huffington Post. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  15. ^ "Madeira receives state funding to dredge the Pass!". June 6, 2022.
  16. ^ "DeSantis budget includes $1.5M to dredge John's Pass".

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