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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, 43
Located 11.85 miles from Palm Pavilion Inn

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs is known as "the sponge capital of the world". In the 1930s, the sponge industry of Tarpon Springs was very prosperous, bringing in millions of dollars of sponges yearly. But in the 1940s, the sponge beds were contaminated and destroyed by bacteria, which led to a decline in the sponge industry. The industry was revived in the 1980s when healthy sponge beds were found. Now Tarpon Springs is back to being a leader in the world's natural sponge market.
All aspects of the sponge industry take place in Tarpon Springs, from the harvesting of the sponge, all the way to the auctions that are held weekly at the Sponge Docks for the wholesalers.

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