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Florida Heritage Travel, July 2021 - Tarpon Springs
June 29, 2021

JULY 2021

FLORIDA HERITAGE TRAVEL EZINE
is the companion Ezine of
FloridaBackroadsTravel.com



TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA
Sponges and Great Greek Food


Bob Kyle Photography

Tarpon Springs is a small city of about 25,000 people on Florida's west coast about 30 miles northwest of Tampa. It has the highest percentage of Greek-American citizens of any city in the United States.

The historic sponge dock area is a popular tourist attraction located along the Anclote River west of Pinellas Avenue.

Bob Kyle Photography

John Cheyney founded the first sponge business in Tarpon Springs in the 1880s and it provided quite a few jobs for the local economy.

In 1905 John Cocoris came to town and introduced sponge diving to the industry. He brought in divers from Greece and the sponge industry soon became one of the biggest businesses in Florida and required more and more divers.

READ MORE ABOUT TARPON SPRINGS



I have taken hundreds of photos of various places on my many Florida road trips. I use some of them to create watercolors such as this one of the fishing fleet at Tarpon Springs.




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Thanks for continuing to subscribe to Florida Heritage Travel Ezine. Our website, FloridaBackroadsTravel.com continues to grow, and we hope you enjoy these updates.

You can also subscribe to our Florida Blog by going to our home page and selecting an RSS feed. This way you will have daily updates.

Some new pages on our website include FLORIDA PLACES WE LOVED AND LOST and DAY TRIPS BY THEME OF INTEREST. We hope you will check them out and give us your input.

July is one of our hottest months. Florida is officially open for business in the hopefully aftermath of the pandemic, but many restaurants and stores still require staff to wear a mask while serving you. Everybody is doing their best.

HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FLORIDA EVENTS FOR JULY:

ALL REGIONS

FLORIDA MAPS. We have printable road maps, county maps, city maps, and a nice collection of historic vintage maps. These maps help you enjoy your travels around the state.

FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. We have an extensive list of Florida Tourist Attractions. Some of them are well known; other are a wonderful step back into Old Florida.

FLORIDA TOWNS. We have profiles and histories on hundreds of Florida towns and cities.

FLORIDA FESTIVALS. There are several outside events this time of year. Among these are outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals.

BEST BEACHES IN FLORIDA. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.

FLORIDA DAY TRIPS BY LOCATION. Hundreds of destinations within one hundred miles of eight major Florida cities.

FLORIDA DAY TRIPS BY THEME OF INTEREST. Many people like to take day trips to destinations that reflect their interests.

FLORIDA ROAD TRIPS. Hundreds of recommended road trips with maps that let you explore all regions of the state.

FLORIDA NOSTALGIA. Hundreds of historic postcards, citrus crate labels, lost tourist attractions, articles about once popular but now long gone restaurants and more. For lovers of what used to be not so long ago.

FLORIDA AUTHORS. Any time is a good time to read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author pages are those of Randy Wayne White, the creator of adventurous marine biologist Doc Ford, Tim Dorsey and his unlikely protagonist, serial killer Serge Storms, and Robert N. Macomber, and his historical novels featuring Captain Peter Wake of the U.S. Navy.

Here is a useful link that will tell you what is going on this month virtually everywhere in Florida.

FLORIDA FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS FOR JULY 2021

Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at our web page "Florida Towns."

A few events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.

Thanks for subscribing to Florida Heritage Travel. We will see you next month with more updates and event information.

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