Terra Ceia, Florida

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Terra Ceia, Florida
Unincorporated community
United Methodist Church in Terra Ceia
United Methodist Church in Terra Ceia
Terra Ceia, Florida is located in Florida
Terra Ceia, Florida
Terra Ceia, Florida
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°34′45″N 82°34′50″W / 27.57917°N 82.58056°W / 27.57917; -82.58056Coordinates: 27°34′45″N 82°34′50″W / 27.57917°N 82.58056°W / 27.57917; -82.58056[1]
Country United States
State Florida
County Manatee
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-71550[2]
GNIS feature ID 292127[3]

Terra Ceia is an unincorporated community in Manatee County, Florida, United States that includes the 1,932 acres (7.82 km2) Terra Ceia Preserve.[4] It is located on Terra Ceia Island on the Southern shore of Tampa Bay near the intersection of US 19 and I-275, at the southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.


The community is part of the BradentonSarasotaVenice Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 1,932-acre (7.82 km2) Terra Ceia Preserve is also located in the area and protected by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It offers fishing and hiking.[5]


Terra Ceia was mostly an agricultural community settled in the 1840s. Terra Ceia was known for its rich soil on the island. At Terra Ceia Citrus, vegetables, celery and pepper and flowers were grown here. Terra Ceia at one time was known internationally. It food was so famous that asters that were grown here were used the William Taft's inaugural parade. In 1897 the town was listed with a population of 120 homeowners. The town's main commercial district developed along Terra Ceia Bay when at the time most shipping was down by water. Businesses and homes lined a waterfront road where businesses were built on docks for easy boat access. The town lost its bay side commercial district when the railroad arrived in the 1910s and the center of town moved further inland. With the coming of the railroad most likely resulted in a spike of population and by 1913 the local newspaper reported there was 700 residents here. Land at the time was valued at $500 - $1,000 a acre. (Worth exactly $12,133.13 and at the maximum $24,266.26 in 2016). At the town's peak there was a general store, a bank, a packing house, and a railroad depot. In 1926 a storm surge washed over the island and made it hard to grow crops there. The Seaboard Airline railroad soon no longer provided service and the rail line and the depot was abandoned. In 1931 the Bank of Terra Ceia failed because of the Great Depression. The former bank building now houses the post office.[6]

Terra Ceia has had a post office since 1891.[7]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ Terra Ceia State Park Southwest Florida Water Management District
  5. ^ Terra Ceia Preserve - Frog Creek Southwest Florida Water Management District
  6. ^ "Manatee History Matters: Terra Ceia island was Heavenly Land for produce". Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "FPHSonline.com". www.fphsonline.com. Retrieved June 30, 2016.