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E.G. Simmons Park and beachThe Ruskin community is situated on the shores of Tampa Bay, the Little Manatee River and the Ruskin Inlet, approximately 16 miles southeast of Tampa. It is approximately 21 square miles including 1,148 acres designated as Natural Preservation with significant land along the Little Manatee River. In 2000 the Ruskin Community Plan Area had 5,632 dwelling units and a population of 9,518 people. By the year 2025, over 9,000 homes will be in the area with an expected population in excess of 22,000 effectively doubling the number of people in the community. Anticipating growth and effectively planning for the future of Ruskin is an example for the larger Tampa Bay Region.

The Ruskin Community plan was developed by dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who volunteered their time for the future of their community. The plan was developed under the County’s Community-Based Planning program which was formed to empower citizens to better understand and participate in planning for their neighborhoods and communities by providing them with access and involvement in the growth management process.

The number one goal focuses on revitalizing an older Downtown area promoting mixed commercial and residential uses that respects and places emphasis on its waterfront access. The plan calls for a town square for strolling, sitting, music concerts, art shows and pedestrian walkways that interconnect with boardwalks and greenways along the Ruskin Inlet waterfront. Other goals outline appropriate locations for a diversity of housing types and provide guidelines for building successful neighborhoods with integrated schools and parks.

On August 8, 2005, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved adopting the plan into the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

Two historic Ruskin homes

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