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City of Temple Terrace

The City of Temple Terrace, Florida, was founded in 1925 and was originally was promoted as “Tampa’s most beautiful suburb. Named for the Temple orange grown locally in one of the world’s largest orange groves, Temple Terrace also is home to one of the nation’s first master-planned golf course communities. The city-owned, privately leased golf course is on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

Today, with a population of more than 26,000, Temple Terrace is one of three cities within Hillsborough County. With some of the most scenic vistas of the Hillsborough River, more than a dozen parks and fun, creative community events, Temple Terrace retains an abundance of small town charm that is now combined with access to the big city amenities.

Temple Terrace is governed by a Mayor and City Council and boasts independent Police and Fire Departments. The staff  who work at City Hall and other municipal facilities are dedicated to excellence and committed to an innovative approach to high-quality, customer-centered services. Efforts currently are underway to revitalize the City’s downtown area to add more retail and residence options and big changes are expected in the next two to three years.

Located just north of Tampa between three major interstate highways (I-4, I-75 and I-275), the City is ideally situated close to the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro areas, but also within a short driving distance to Orlando and the Sarasota beach areas. Adjacent to Temple Terrace is the University of South Florida, the second-largest university in the Southeast. Temple Terrace residents also have convenient access to the region’s finest medical facilities, cultural activities and sporting events.

Temple Terrace:  Close to everything, but nowhere else comes close.

Andrew “Andy” Ross

Andrew “Andy” Ross was elected to the Temple Terrace City Council on Nov. 8, 2016. Mr. Ross retired as a captain from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and then served as deputy chief of police at Tampa International Airport. He currently is president of Innovative Training and Consulting, LLC, a local security consulting firm. He also is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Mr. Ross served as chair on both the Temple Terrace Municipal Code Enforcement Board and River Watch Task Force. He currently represents the City on the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and is council liaison to the Municipal Code Enforcement Board and River Watch Task Force. Mr. Ross has a master’s degree from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville. He is a member of numerous professional community associations. Mr. Ross and his wife have three children.

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