Pinellas County is a county located in the state of Florida. Its county seat is Clearwater, Florida, and its largest city is St. Petersburg. Pinellas County, together with Hillsborough County, Hernando County, and Pasco County, composes the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan area, which, along with Manatee County and Sarasota County, is often referred to as the Tampa Bay Area.
The county's government website recently won a "Sunny Award" for its proactive disclosure of government data from Sunshine Review.Pinellas County seceded from Hillsborough County in 1912, and was named for the Spanish Punta Piñal ("Point of Pines" or "Piney Point"). The Pinellas Peninsula, dividing Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, and a small part of the mainland were incorporated into the county.