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Old 07-06-2014, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Do they harvest and sell natural sponges from the docks? I am always on the look-out for local gifts and wares. Prices??
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:24 AM
 
Location: USA's #1 MSA 4 Years Running
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Do they harvest and sell natural sponges from the docks? I am always on the look-out for local gifts and wares. Prices??
Yes and expensive.

It is a very cool place with original style shops and restaurants. Great fish market past the roundabout.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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Do they harvest and sell natural sponges from the docks? I am always on the look-out for local gifts and wares. Prices??
They get the sponges in 40 to 100ft northwest of Tarpon springs. Can't tell ya how many times i have snagged the darn things fishing for grouper.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Was at Hellas on Monday night...food was good the kids loved the mousse mouse pastry...did the shops until a big storm blew through...I don't feel it's sanitized...unless your referring to the drugs that rumor had it used to run through a former big restaurant there??
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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Was at Hellas on Monday night...food was good the kids loved the mousse mouse pastry...did the shops until a big storm blew through...I don't feel it's sanitized...unless your referring to the drugs that rumor had it used to run through a former big restaurant there??
That area is a whole lot different than it was just 10 years ago. They dumped a awful lot of money just cleaning up the area around the docks.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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I remember reading an article recently about the Sponge Docks and public opposition on changing it from the status quo.

Tarpon Springs scraps Sponge Docks plan | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

I have to agree with the idea of a modest boardwalk near the water and some shade, I can only shop the same tourist shops so much. We were pleasantly surprised with the annual Fine Arts Festival in April, the show was huge compared to the normal craft festival circuit here and the bayou area was nice.. I was ready for a swan boat to paddle by like we were in Boston.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: USA's #1 MSA 4 Years Running
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I remember reading an article recently about the Sponge Docks and public opposition on changing it from the status quo.

Tarpon Springs scraps Sponge Docks plan | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

I have to agree with the idea of a modest boardwalk near the water and some shade, I can only shop the same tourist shops so much. We were pleasantly surprised with the annual Fine Arts Festival in April, the show was huge compared to the normal craft festival circuit here and the bayou area was nice.. I was ready for a swan boat to paddle by like we were in Boston.
Great article. Thx. People love the sponge docks as they are and it shows. That is why it is always so busy. Other than maintaining sidewalks, lights and maybe adding more seating and some trees, there really is no reason to change a formula which has been and continues to be much loved.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Glad they scaled back on this. Here in Gulfport there is always the fear that some misguided bureaucrat will dream up a similar grandiose plan and ruin our downtown. So far so good. Why don't these pols realize that the charm of places like Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Gulfport is BECAUSE they are old-style small Florida towns???
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: USA's #1 MSA 4 Years Running
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Glad they scaled back on this. Here in Gulfport there is always the fear that some misguided bureaucrat will dream up a similar grandiose plan and ruin our downtown. So far so good. Why don't these pols realize that the charm of places like Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Gulfport is BECAUSE they are old-style small Florida towns???
Yep!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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Glad they scaled back on this. Here in Gulfport there is always the fear that some misguided bureaucrat will dream up a similar grandiose plan and ruin our downtown. So far so good. Why don't these pols realize that the charm of places like Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Gulfport is BECAUSE they are old-style small Florida towns???
So true! I'm aghast at the massive condo complex planned for Downtown Safety Harbor. I have no idea how the plans actually made it past the city planners. It's too tall and will have too many units for the downtown area. I'm hoping it won't go through - it will really change the feel of the quaint downtown area if it does. I think the expensive price tag may keep it from moving forward. I mean, who's going to pay over a million for a penthouse condo and over 600K for a regular unit?! Safety Harbor is a fairly affluent area, but it's not THAT kind of affluent!
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