Tarpon Springs' Greektown Recognized as Florida's First TCP
On June 2,
the National Park Service added the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District
in Pinellas County to the National Register of Historic Places—the state’s
first Traditional Cultural Property listing. The District had previously been
deemed eligible for NR listing by Florida’s National Register Review Board onFebruary 21.Tarpon
Springs’ Greektown District, which includes hundreds of buildings (residential,
religious, maritime, and commercial), the sponge dock, and about a dozen sponge boats, preserves a
strong ethnic and maritime character. It is also one of the nation’s few
non-Native American districts nominated on the basis of its cultural integrity.
The state is
now planning to promote this new status to the cultural tourism industry, so
not only are there good potential preservation but also economic outcomes.