SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA
Pinellas County ,---
Part A---General Information
* Safety Harbor is on the West Coast of Florida, 6 miles east of Clearwater, 20
miles north of Saint Petersburg and 22 miles west of Tampa. It is on Old
Tampa Bay and 6 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The maximum elevation is
approximately 20 feet.
Florida Highway 590 passes through Safety Harbor. Rail transportation is
provided by Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Gulf Coast Motor Lines (Greyhound)
has 5 buses daily through Safety Harbor. National Airlines provides air
transportation at Pinellas County Airport, 12 miles away. National Airlines
and Eastern Air Lines provide transportation from the Tampa Airport. Clear-
water Municipal Airport has facilities for private or charter planes.
Pinellas County had a population of 130,268 in 1945. The population of
Safety Harbor was 1,023 in 1945. The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce
estimated a city population of 1,200 in March 1949.
(Based on U.S. Weather Bureau observations at Tarpon Springs.)
SNormal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 60.4 2.38 July 81.4 8.48
February 62.1 2.72 August 81.7 9.16
March 66.1 2.77 September 80.2 6.91
April 70.7 2.13 October 74.1 3.20
May 75.9 3.07 November 66.2 2.00
June 80.0 5.76 December 61.0 2.62
Annual 71.7 51.20
Safety Harbor, at the head of Old Tampa Bay, is built around a group of
mineral springs known to the Indians, early Spanish explorers, and pirates.
Narvaez marched into the territory after his landing.at Boca Ciega Bay in 1528.
DeSoto is supposed to have landed here, although that is still controversial.
The first known white man to have lived in the vicinity was Count Odet Phillipi,
a surgeon in Napoleon's army and a nephew of King Louis XVI of France, and who
is buried near here in the park that bears his name. Count Phillipi is
credited with having introduced citrus to the state from the Bahamas in 1846.
There are many Indian mounds at Safety Harbor.
6. Major Sources of Income
The local income is greatly dependent upon tourists and the two sanatoriums
located here. A canning company produces canned citrus, molasses and feed for
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
State Societies, Indiana and Ohio Clubs.
4. Recreational Clubs
5. Civic Organizations
The Booster Club
Chamber of Commerce
6. Fraternal Organizations
Theater, card parties, pier.
8. Recreational Facilities
Shuffleboard, one tennis court, swimming pool at Safety Harbor Spa.
There is no hunting in the immediate vicinity of Safety Harbor.
Both fresh and salt water fish are caught in Old Tampa Bay. Kingfish, redfish,
sea bass are some of the salt water fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico, 6 miles
from Safety Harbor. Lake Butler, 6 miles away, provides fresh water fishing.
Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian.
2. Tourist Courts, Apartments, Guest Homes, Trailer Parks
Sonia Terrace Trailer Court
Grey's Tourist Court
Silver Dome Apartments
Welker Trailer Courts
3. Eating Places
Stretch & Gene's
Dining rooms in the hotels.
Further information on Safety Harbor can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Safety Harbor, Florida
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