Tarpon Springs became the first incorporated city in (now) Pinellas County, Florida in 1887. Tarpon Springs’ population grew as immigrants from Greece came over to dive for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. Natural sponges were popular for decor, shower, bath and cosmetic use.
Today, Tarpon Springs is known by residents and tourists alike for its beaches, parks and community celebrations. With deep roots in traditional greek culture, Tarpon’s downtown hosts numerous Greek Restaurants and shops.