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Gulfport nurtures renewal. South Pasadena boasts of convenience. And if the beach cities are pearls on a string, no one pearl feels the same. From proudly private Belleair Shore to tourism magnet St. Pete Beach. In today's Neighborhood Times, residents express their sense of community.

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[Times art: Octavio Perez]


Going coastal: Beach life satisfies
They call it the "ah" factor.

Tierra Verde
From 'white elephant' to green enclave
The trees are growing on Tierra Verde. So is a desire to incorporate the affluent island.

Madeira Beach
Fishing, tourism create boom
The quaint village has been transformed into a grouper fishing capital, with bustling shops and pricey residences.

Treasure Island
Islanders extol their piece of 'paradise'
Treasure Island's sleepy atmosphere is interrupted by frequent landscaping and building projects.

St. Pete Beach
Having a good time motivates denizens
The largest beach city's residents accept hordes of tourists and surges in home prices to live an island life.

Redington Beaches
3 towns share love of beach, quiet life
Like three sisters, "the Redingtons" have a lot in common but maintain separate personalities in an insular family.

Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach
Cottage, mansion, condo co-exist
Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach deal with development and questions about a sense of community.

Gulfport
Three names shape one city
Developers tied to its first two names failed to meet town expectations, but as Gulfport, the city reinvents itself.

South Pasadena
Big city squeezed into one square mile
Towering condos help South Pasadena pack in a lot of population into 1 square mile. That pairs people of similar needs.

The Belleairs
These folks pay for beach and quiet
Belleair Beach and Belleair Shore are quite content to be residential. The only business is a motel.