Sponging Capital of the World
A multicultural tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world
Commercial Sponging, Fishing and Shrimping still take place today on the Docks
In 1905, John Cocoris introduced the technique of sponge diving to Tarpon Springs. Cocoris recruited Greek sponge divers from the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, in particular Kalymnos, Symi and Halki leading, by the 1930s, to a very productive sponge industry in Tarpon Springs, generating millions of dollars a year. In 2007 and 2008, the City of Tarpon Springs established Sister City relationships with Kalymnos, Halki, Symi, and Cyprus, honoring the close historical link with these Greek islands.
The design team will evaluate the waterfront environments of its Sister Cities to determine if certain features can be included in the design for the Sponge Docks project. Below are pictures of Kalymnos, Halki, and Symi.
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