Clearwater International Airport and an aerial shot the metro region.
Clearwater Metropolitan Area: Downtown at the center, Clearwater International Airport at the bottom, the small collection of skyscrapers in the right center of the picture is St. Joseph, a rapidly developing edge city
Clearwater International Airport: Located in the suburb of Hartfield, just south of the Clearwater city limits. In 2008, the airport served about 20,000,000 passengers. Delta and American Airlines are the two primary carriers, with many other airlines maintaining a lesser presence.
The collection of hotels, restaurants, and strip malls that has formed near the airport.
Hartfield Industrial Park, near the airport, and some more commercial development spurred by proximity to the airport.
Current Event Update:
The Clearwater Regional Council (CRC) is debating a mass transit link from the airport to downtown Clearwater. Preliminary estimates put the cost of construction a little lower than $1 billion dollars and would be Taxpayer funded. Options being considered are monorail, light rail, and elevated rail, with the downtown station located at Clearwater Union Station and a handful of stations in the neighborhoods between the airport and the central business district. A vote on a tax raise for the project will take place during the next general election in the metropolitan counties. Upcoming updates will include maps of the proposed project and a look at the neighborhoods the line will travel through.