Tarpon Springs Epiphany Cross Dive 2013

Every year around this time Tarpon Springs hosts its annual Epiphany at the Spring Bayou near West Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs.  Pretty much everyone knows that it is always on January 6th no matter what day of the week that it falls on but many people forget and need to be reminded.  This event is an historic event dating back to the early 1900s in Tarpon Springs.  This is done to remember and celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ.  The Greek tradition is coveted by young boys from 16 to 18 years of age.  They drive into the cold waters to retrieve a cross that is thrown to them by the bishop of their Greek faith.  The tradition states that the winner will have many blessing bestowed on him in the coming year.  It is an honor to the winner and also to the family who proudly watches on the sidelines.  The dive is followed by a festival and more celebrating in the Craig Park area of Tarpon Springs.  Many people (15,000+) from all around the area are expected to attend and to converge on Tarpon Springs for the 107th Epiphany celebration January 6, 2013

For more information you should visit:  visit St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s website at www.epiphanycity.org or call (727) 937-3540. Times are approximate.

Villa in Tarpon Springs Pointe Alexis SOLD by Nick Acosta

Janet and Ted from Spencer, MA bought a Villa in Tarpon Springs Pointe Alexis and have this to say about Nick Acosta:

“My husband and I worked with Nick Acosta to purchase a vacation home in Florida. Nick was wonderful throughout the entire process. He worked with us long distance to identify possible properties, arranged showings for us when we came came down to view properties, and advised us in finding just the perfect home for us. He handled all of the process for us: the inspections, negotiating with the seller to correct all the inspection issues, representing us at the closing, and he even arranged to have the locks changed for us. Throughout the process, Nick showed the highest level of professionalism. We were impressed with his extensive knowledge of the real estate market and buying process, and he was a joy to work with. We could not ask for a better agent to meet our needs and serve our interests.”

Great job Nick!

It’s Not About the Money ~ It’s About Happy Customers

With permission from June, Harvey, and Ginny on their recent purchase in Tarpon Springs:

“Thanks Bob for the home warranty on the property we purchased, that was so very kind of you. What a really lovely thing to do for me; I appreciate your generosity very much particularly in light of this not being much of a commission for you. We know that my little villa was not the sort of property that realtors can make a good living out of but you treated us like we were million dollar customers. Again, thanks so much for all your help & kindnesses along the way. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to purchase such a lovely villa without your interest & devotion. Ginny, Harvey & I felt from the time we met you that you were much more than just a realtor. I’ve been in hospitality most of my life & I know from personal experience that people are very quick to complain but rarely take the time to praise someone. You are really very special!”

June & Harvey from Northern Australia

Tarpon Springs Arts Festival

The 35th annual Tarpon Springs Arts Festival is finally here! Saturday and Sunday – 3/28-29. This is an awesome event in Tarpon Springs and one that we residents look forward to each year. The event attracts more than 25,000 people from all over the Tampa Bay area. People come to view the works of over 200 artists from Florida and other areas of the United States.

When you visit you can enjoy some good food and listen to top entertainment as well. The festival takes places in the historic area of Tarpon Springs on the picturesque Spring Bayou, located on the wets end of Tarpon Avenue from US 19 or Alt. 19. Parking is available in many areas around downtown and there is a trolley service that runs all day to take you to and from the event.

Come enjoy the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival – rain or shine! Admission is $2 – under 16 years is free. Need more information, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce at 727-937-6109.

We cheerfully sell real estate in Tarpon Springs. And, there are some pretty amazing deals right now! Check out Tampa Real Estate as well, you will see many affordable properties.

Oh No the Beach is Closing!

This is the body of an email we got today:

    WE WERE AT FRED HOWARD BEACH TODAY AND ENJOYED OURSELVES …….

    WE SAW A BIG SIGN SAYING THAT THE BEACH IS TO BE CLOSED STARTING SEPT.2 AND CLOSED TILL
    NEXT YEAR……

    WHAT IS GOING ON……??????

First I checked to see if they were a past customer or an Internet lead of ours and I can’t find that they are. It’s funny how people find our website for odd things and think we are the expert on these matters. I could tell tons of funny stories here, but I will save that for another post.

Oh well, I do know something about this beach closing, hence the reason for this blog post. Here goes:

Fred Howard Park – Tarpon Springs best beach is closing for 15 months. Apparently the bridges are 40 years old and are in need of repair. So the beach and the causeway will close starting September 2, 2008. No one is happy about it. After all, this is the best beach in the area and it’s free. There’s no entrance charge and no parking charges. It’s easy to get in and out of and surprisingly, it doesn’t get over-crowded to the point where you can’t get a parking space. Many people who have bought homes in Tarpon Springs or live nearby frequent this beach everyday.

The bridges were built in 1968 and while they look fine to most people, I am in favor of safe bridges. Good grief, 2.1 million people travel on them each year by car, bike and foot. Many people hang out and fish on the bridges, and I am sure that no one wants to end up in the water.

$4.8 million have been allocated for the reconstruction, and the beach and the causeway will be off limits until sometime in 2009. But once it’s open, they tell us it will be open for another 40 years.

The park portion of the total 155 acres will remain open including all picnic shelters and playgrounds. How about a good old fashioned picnic?