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        Tom Bannister

            Home Inspector

     (727) 376-8999




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Tampa Florida - History
Present Day Tampa was originally home to various Native American groups including the Tocobaga.
In 1821 the United States purchased Florida from Spain mainly to end (alleged) cross frontier Indian raids and to end a southern refuge for slaves.
Around 1823 Fort Brooke was built where down town Tampa currently exists.
In 1848 a September Hurricane almost washed away all the growth that had occurred.  Every building was either damaged or destroyed.
There is some dispute as to the meaning of Tampa. It’s believed to mean “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa, a Native American Tribe. This may relate to the high concentration of lightning strikes Tampa receives every year.
The name “tanpa” first appears in a 1575 memoir of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda who spent 17 years as a Calusa captive.
Tampa was incorporated as a town in 1855
Due to the Civil War and constant outbreaks of Yellow fever, Tampa’s population was shrinking.
Trade and commercial development increase in the 1880’s with the construction of the rail roads.
 Phosphate, a mineral used to make fertilizers and other products, was discovered in the Bone Valley region southeast of Tampa in 1883. Soon, the mining and shipping of phosphate became important area industries. Tampa's port still ships millions of tons of phosphate annually, and the area is known as the "phosphate capital of the world
In 1891, Henry B. Plant built a lavish 500+ room, quarter-mile long luxury resort hotel called the Tampa Bay Hotel among 150 acres  of manicured gardens on the west bank of the Hillsborough River across from today's downtown. Currently being used as the University of Tampa, it was designed by J.A. Wood, the eclectic Moorish Revival structure cost $2.5 million to build, a huge sum for the time. The structure also boasted the first electric lights in Tampa and the first elevator in Florida.
Plant’s new railroad to his resort also attracted another industry which would also make Tampa prosper. In 1885, the Tampa Board of Trade helped broker a land deal with Vicente Martinez Ybor to move his cigar manufacturing operations to Tampa from Key West.
By the end of the 19th century Tampa had grown to one of the largest cities in Florida, a status it haskept ever since.
The University of South Florida was established in 1956 in northern Tampa and in nearby Temple Terrace, Busch Gardens theme park opened in 1959.
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We’ve Got You Covered in Tampa Florida:  Contact Certified Inspection Inc. for all your Tampa Florida inspection needs. We do professional unbiased home inspections in Tampa according the Standards and Practice of (ASHI)  The American Society of Home Inspectors.  Standard Pre-sale Home Inspections include exterior, structural, foundation, roof, attic, plumbing, electrical, Heating and Air Conditioning, major built-in appliances, kitchen, garage, interior, and bathrooms. Inspection of swimming pools, spas, seawalls and sprinkler systems are also available upon request. Tampa’s Home Inspection: Certified Inspection Inc. is licensed by the State of Florida and can do Wind Mitigation Reports, Roof Certifications, and 4 Point Insurance Inspections. Many times, the annual savings on your Home Owners Insurance will more than cover the cost of the inspection.  Certified Inspection can also do New Construction inspections, in process inspections, and 1 Year Warranty Inspections.
Certified Inspection Inc. inspects homes, townhomes, condominiums, and commercial buildings in Tampa and throughout surrounding areas.
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Tampa Florida – Board of Realtors 
Tampa  Florida - Chamber of Commerce                              
Tampa Florida – Visit Tampa  
Tampa Florida – Relocation Guide 
Tampa Florida - School District    
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