Favorite thing: Natural sponges are the skeletons of invertebrate animals. After they are harvested, the diver must squeeze and clean the sponges using special chemicals. Originally bleach was used, but this was found to damage the sponge, so now more delicate chemicals are used. It's a laborious process to ready the sponge for sale to the marketplace. Care of sponges should include disinfecting with a solution of mild vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or rubbing alcohol, not bleach.
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Tarpons Springs Historic...
Favorite thing: Tarpons Springs Historic District.
The town center is two miles from the coast, where Tarpon Ave (SR 582) meets Pinellas Ave (US 19A). It’s a pleasant place to stroll, full with shops and restaurants. Due to its historic significance, downtown is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. On the Cultural Center (Pinellas Ave) you can learn the town’s history. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is the most striking symbol of Tarpon Spring’s Greek Heritage. The cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia in Istanbul, was built in 1943 using marble delivered from Greece. If the cathedral is open, you should see the three huge Czech chandeliers and the 23 stained glass windows.
Go down to the sponge docks!...
Favorite thing: Go down to the sponge docks! It's more than just a place where the sponge boats come in. There are restaurants, little museums, and many interesting shops along the channel to the gulf. The city just spruced up the area around the docks, making it even more pleasant for visitors.
After you've seen it all, head about a mile south and visit Tarpon Spring's downtown area.
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