White Rock Elementary
On Sunday, Melody visited Tarpon Springs, Florida. We ate lunch at Hella's Restaurant, picked up some delicious pastries at the bakery, and then walked along the sponge docks. We saw huge fishing boats, and smaller sponge boats. Everyone was speaking a different language: Greek!
According to the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, Tarpon Springs was originally settled in the 1870's. In 1873, a turtle fisherman accidentally discovered sponges at the mouth of the Anclote River, and this began the sponge industry in Tarpon Springs. In 1905, John Corcoris brought 500 Greek divers to the area to harvest the sponges to sell, and the Greek culture transformed Tarpon Springs. Now many tourists come to the food, tradition, and culture of these Greek immigrants.