Information about Tarpon Springs, Anclote River, FL
Tarpon Springs is a city in Pinellas County. It is the city with the highest percentage of Greek Americans in the U.S. due to the recruitment of divers and crew members from Greece by John Cocoris in 1905 for his sponge diving business. The sponge industry was the leading maritime industry and business in Tarpon Springs for many years but a red tide algae bloom in 1947 ruined many of the sponge fields. While there still remains a small sponge industry in the region, many people are now more involved in shrimping. There are many beaches in the area that are popular for swiming and boating. Additionally the Anclote River flows near the town on its way to the gulf of Mexico. The Anclote River was and continues to be a part of Tarpon Spring’s sponging and fishing industries.