300px|Tocobaga Indian Mound, Philippe Park
Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay
in Pinellas County
, United States. It was settled in 1823 and incorporated in 1917. The population was 16,884 at the 2010 census.
Safety Harbor is located at (28.0047, -82.6953).
The harbor or bay of the same name on which it is located is the nearly-landlocked far northwestern extension of Tampa Bay, and the city is located on the west side of that bay.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of , of which is land and (2.57%) is water.
Safety Harbor's tree-lined streets and quaint, "small-town" appearance are unusual in heavily urbanized Pinellas County.
The CSX railroad
branch line from Tampa
to St. Petersburg
bisects Safety Harbor. Passenger trains last used the line in 1984.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 17,203 people, 7,084 households, and 4,845 families residing in the city. The population density
was 3,498.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,350.0/km). There were 7,483 housing units at an average density of 1,521.7 per square mile (587.2/km). The racial makeup of the city was 92.23% White
, 4.14% African American
, 0.24% Native American
, 1.68% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 0.44% from other races
, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.65% of the population.
There were 7,084 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples
living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.
The age distribution of the population is: 21.8% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% age 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,378, and the median income for a family was $59,911. Males had a median income of $41,883 versus $31,165 for females. The per capita income
for the city was $28,632. About 3.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age
. In June 2008, a 6,000-year-old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. The inhabitants of the area at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga
people, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. The adaptation of this culture relied on wild resources. Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. The Tocobaga were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds to bury the dead. Most of these mounds were destroyed in the early 1900s due to development. However, one of these ceremonial mounds is still visible in Safety Harbor's Phillippe Park (''see photo''). Shells found in these mounds were used to pave city streets.
In 1528 Spanish explorer Pánfilo de Narváez
landed in the area, followed by Hernando de Soto
in 1539. Safety Harbor (formerly known as Worth's Harbor and Green's Springs) was first homesteaded by Count Odet Philippe
, a French nobleman who is credited with introducing the grapefruit
to Florida in 1823. The name Safety Harbor originated from the early 18th century, when pirates
were a substantial influence in the area. Once ships reached this area of the bay, all threats from pirates were gone, and it was commonly referred to as a "Safe Harbor".
Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or "Springs of the Holy Spirit", a natural mineral spring
. Its waters were given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was supposedly searching for the mythical "Fountain of Youth
". Prior to the Spanish exploration of Florida, the Tocobaga
tribes are believed to have fished and bathed in the spring's waters.
In the twentieth century, Espiritu Santo water was bottled and sold commercially, and later a health spa and hotel were built over the springs. The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, as it is now known, continues to be a prominent visitor attraction in Pinellas County. In 1964, the site was designated a Historical Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior
and, in 1997, a Florida Heritage Landmark
Safety Harbor is governed by an elected Mayor and City Commission. City governmental departments are administered by a City Manager, who is appointed by the City Commission.
There are two public schools within the city: Safety Harbor Elementary School for grades 1–5 and Safety Harbor Middle School (Home of the Seahawks) for grades 6–8. The middle school was rebuilt in 2004 and now has five buildings surrounding a central courtyard, with adjacent sports fields and a regulation track field. As a joint project between the city of Safety Harbor and the school, the field and track facilities are open to the community. As of 2007, Safety Harbor Middle School has an enrollment of 1,370 students.
The nearest school for grades 9–12 is Countryside High School
- retired American professional basketball player; attended Safety Harbor Middle and Countryside High schools.
- one of the great American field
collectors of folk music
of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist
, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker.
- retired MLB baseball player and current manager for the Washington Nationals
- singer songwriter, Starland Vocal Band
- lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Cheap Trick
Image:Tocobago mound pmr 03a.jpg|Tocobaga Mound, Phillippe Park
Image:Tocobago mound pmr 02a.jpg|Tocobaga Mound, Phillippe Park
Image:Safety harbor city hall pmr 01a.jpg|Safety Harbor City Hall
City of Safety Harbor official websiteSafety Harbor Middle School
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