Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks circa 1940

Sponging Capital of the World                                                                                                                                                                     

The Docks Today

A multicultural tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world                                                                                                                                                                     

Working Waterfront

Commercial Sponging, Fishing and Shrimping still take place today on the Docks                                                                                                                                                                     

Imagine the Possibilities...

The City of Tarpon Springs has budgeted $1,000,000 dedicated to improving the Sponge Docks and Dodecanese Boulevard. How this money will be used to transform the area is up to you. Please participate in this community outreach project and help us shape the future of the Sponge Docks for generations to come!



Project Description

The Sponge Docks working waterfront tourist district is one of Florida's most unique attractions located on Dodecanese Boulevard, a pleasant two-lane road paralleling the Anclote River. A large assortment of shops, restaurants, bakeries and other gathering places are also found here. With a rich mix Greek heritage, culture and old-world charm, the Sponge Docks offers visitors an experience that is different from any other destination in the Tampa Bay area.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

The first phase of the project will focus on obtaining sufficient public input from all interested stakeholders to "frame the project" and guide the future design elements. To learn more click on the Schedule link on the left side of the webpage.

Upcoming Workshops and Events


Proposed Design (Stay tuned for Updates)

A successful tourist district is not complete until its open space, streets and sidewalks have been "furnished". The items that may be included as part of this project are sidewalks, benches, trash receptacles, etc. These are the elements that help to reinforce the character of the area.

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