We like to visit the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The sponging industry is no longer an economically viable industry and the activity along the docks has long been replaced with restaurants, clothing shops, and souvenir shops which cater to the tourist industry. But the charm of the area remains: the Greek families, their churches, their places of business, and their love of the sea have all left an indelible imprint on the area.
The Anclote River flows from underground springs in Tarpon Springs. Its fresh water mixes with the salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico to provide a habitat for all kinds of humans, animals, birds, and fish. If you like fresh shrimp, this is the place to be. Want to get into the fishing business? Look over there – the Midnight Crusaders is for sale. Want to know something about sponging? Climb aboard one of the sponge diving exhibition boats. Like boating or living on a boat? This is a good place to begin dreaming of sailing to the islands.
James R. Bupp