tarpon springs sponge docks

Towards the end of 2011 we visited Tarpon Springs, Florida. Oddly enough, this city is known for its history as a sponge harvesting community. In the late 1880s a group of Greeks settled in the area and in 1905 they found that there was an abundance of sponges to be harvested just off the coast of their new home. They perfected diving techniques to gather the sponges and soon built a thriving city on their new commodity. Unfortunately, in 1947 a red tide pushed through the area wiping out…