Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor is comfortably nestled along the northwest edge of Old Tampa Bay in Pinellas County, Safety Harbor enjoys a unique place in the history books and in the hearts of its citizens and visitors. Safety Harbor offers excellent salt and freshwater fishing opportunities. The Safety Harbor Museum at 329 South Bayshore Boulevard contains many historical exhibits from prehistoric time to the roaring 20′s.

Discovered in 1539 by Hernando de Soto, and further perhaps by other Spanish explorers, Safety Harbor is the home of the resplendent Safety Harbor Spa which is built atop ancient mineral springs enjoyed by local Indian tribes centuries ago. De Soto’s men were captivated by the pristine beauty and the five natural mineral springs which they named “Espiritu Santo,” meaning “Water of the Holy Spirit.

Safety Harbor was first homesteaded by Count Odet Philippe, a French surgeon in Napoleon’s navy, who is credited with introducing citrus growing to Florida. Established in 1823 the Count’s homestead is now the site of Philippe Park a 122-acre Pinellas County owned and operated facility that is very popular among our residents and visitors.

Safety Harbor is now a relatively small, sleepy town, mostly taken over as suburban sprawl, yet still yielding an old-town atmosphere with a little Tampa Bay marina and fishing pier. Residents feel a sense of peace and homecoming, and find it a delightful place to live.

 

Tocobaga Indian Mound, Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor is located on the the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. Safety Harbor was incorporated in 1917. The population of Safety Harbor was 17,203 at the 2000 census.

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.

Safety Harbor is located at 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.

Geography

As per the U.S. Census Bureau, Safety Harbor has a total area of 5.1 square miles, 4.9 square miles of Safety Harbor is land and 0.1 square miles of Safety Harbor is water.

Safety Harbor’s tree lined streets and its’ 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.

Demographics

As of 2000, there were 17,203 people, 7,084 households, and 4,845 families residing in the City of Safety Harbor. The population density was 3,498.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 7,483 housing units at an average density of 1,521.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of Safety Harbor 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 or Latino 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 in Safety Harbor was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

Early history

The Safety Harbor 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 Safety Harbor at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga Indians, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. They were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds, one of which is still visible in Safety Harbor’s Phillippe Park (see photo). In 1528 Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez landed in the Safety Harbor area followed by Hernando De Soto in 1539. Safety Harbor (formerly known as Worth’s Harbor) was first homesteaded by Count Odette Philippe, a Frenchman 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 Tampa Bay, all threats from pirates were gone and it was commonly referred to as a “Safe Harbor.”

Springs

Safety Harbor Spa

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 and Timuquan Indian 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.

Schools

Safety Harbor Middle School

There are two public schools within the city of Safety Harbor: Safety Harbor Elementary School for grades 1–5 and Safety Harbor Middle School (Home of the Sea hawks) for grades 6–8. The Safety Harbor 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.[

Safety Harbor Middle School also has award winning MEGSSS (Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students) and an IMAST (Integrated Math and Science Technologies) programs.

The nearest school for grades 9–12 is Countryside High School in Clearwater.

Safety Harbor Parks

Art Park 101 2nd Street North Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Baranoff Park 101 2nd Street north Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Bayshore Linear Greenway Recreational Trail

South Bayshore Boulevard Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 724-1572

Daisy Douglas Park Is our smallest city park at 1.25 acres located in the light industrial area of Safety Harbor.

601 9th Avenue North Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 724-1545

John Wilson Park (Gazebo) In the heart of downtown Safety Harbor on Main Street, this popular venue is home to afternoon lunchtime concerts, weddings, farmers markets, holiday tree lighting and special events.

401 Main Street Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 724-1572

Marina Park / Veterans Memorial Park Catch a glimpse of the beautiful upper Tampa Bay from our 1.5 acre Marina Park!

131 South Bayshore Boulevard Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 724-1545

Marshall Street Park 500 Marshall Street Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Mease Park

1803 Mease Dr. Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 724-1545

North City Park 207 Swan Lane Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Safety Harbor City Park Is the largest city park with 21 acres. The park has the first certified municipal “Boundless Playground” in Pinellas County.

  • MEASE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, 3231 MCMULLEN BOOTH RD, Safety Harbor

Other hospitals/medical centers near Safety Harbor:

  • MEASE HOSPITAL DUNEDIN (Acute Care Hospitals, Government – Local, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; DUNEDIN, FL)
  • MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, about 8 miles away;CLEARWATER, FL)
  • LARGO MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals, Proprietary, provides emergency services, about 9 miles away; LARGO, FL)

Heliports located in Safety Harbor:

Amtrak stations near Safety Harbor:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Safety Harbor:

  • St Petersburg College (about 8 miles; Clearwater, FL; Full-time enrollment: 9,555)
  • The University of Tampa (about 15 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 5,429)
  • Hillsborough Community College (about 16miles;Tampa, FL;FT enrollment:11,277)
  • University of South FloridaSt. Petersburg Campus (about 18 miles;
  • St. Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,227)
  • University of South Florida-Main Campus (about 18miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 27,329)
  • Pasco-Hernando Community College (about 20miles; New Port Richey, FL; FT enrollment:4,159)
  • Eckerd College (about 21 miles; Saint Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,132)

Public elementary/middle schools in Safety Harbor:

  • WGUL 860 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner:WGUL-FM, INC.
  • WFLA 970 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner:CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WMGG 820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE
  • WHNZ 1250 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner:CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WLVU 1470 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner:GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
  • WTIS (1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; TAMPA, FL;Owner: WTIS-AM, INC.
  • WQYK (1010 AM; 50 kW; SEFFNER, FL; Owner:INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF TAMPA
  • WDAE 620 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
  • WTMP 1150 AM; 10 kW; EGYPT LAKE, FL; Owner:TAMPA BROADCASTING, LTD.
  • WWMI 1380 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner: ABC, INC.
  • WTBN 570 AM; 5 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner:COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.
  • WWBA 1040 AM; 4 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL;Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
  • WFLF 540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner:CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.

Strongest FM radio stations in Safety Harbor:

  • WBBY 107.3 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner:COX RADIO, INC.
  • WXTB 97.9 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WRBQ-FM 104.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WDUV 105.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner:CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
  • WSSR 95.7 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
  • WSUN-FM (97.1 FM; HOLIDAY, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC
  • WPOI 101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
  • WWRM 94.9 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
  • WFLZ-FM 93.3 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WMTX 100.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WQYK-FM 99.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA
  • WTBT (103.5 FM; BRADENTON, FL; Owner:CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WYUU 92.5 FM; SAFETY HARBOR, FL; Owner:INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC
  • WUSF 89.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF S. FLORIDA
  • WBVM 90.5 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE/
  • ST. PETERSBURG
  • WYFE 88.9 FM; TARPON SPRINGS, FL; Owner:BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
  • WSJT 94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WLLD 98.7 FM; HOLMES BEACH, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WHPT 102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
  • WLPJ 91.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner:  RADIO TRAINING NETWORK

TV broadcast stations around Safety Harbor:

  • W36CO Channel 36; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner:TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
  • W48AY Channel 48; OLDSMAR, FL; Owner: AMKA BROADCAST NETWORK, INC.
  • WTSP Channel 10; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner:PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
  • W33CC Channel 33; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
  • WEDU Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.
  • WARP-CA Channel 20; TAMPAST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: SUNSHINE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
  • WXAX-LP Channel 26; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner:TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORP
  • WFLA-TV Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
  • WFTS-TV Channel 28; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.
  • WTOG Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
  • WXPX Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner:PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC
  • WUSF-TV Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
  • WRMD-LP Channel 57; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ZGS TELEVISION OF TAMPA, INC.
  • W61AI Channel 61; ROCK HARBOR, FL; Owner: MAKO COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
  • WTTA Channel 38; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: BAY TELEVISION, INC.
  • WFTT Channel 50; TAMPA, FL; Owner:TELEFUTURA TAMPA LLC
  • WTVT Channel 13; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TVT LICENSE, INC.
  • WCLF Channel 22; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner:CHRISTIAN TELEVISION CORPORATION, INC.
  • WTAM-LP Channel 6; TAMPA, FL; Owner: U.S. INTERACTIVE, L.L.C.
  • WVEA-LP Channel 61; TAMPA, FL; Owner:ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  • WMOR-LP Channel 63; ST. PETERSBURG, FL;Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
  • WMOR-TV Channel 32; LAKELAND, FL; Owner:WMOR-TV COMPANY
  • WSPF-CA Channel 35; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CITY OF
  • ST. PETERSBURG
  • W56EB Channel 56; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TRINITYBROADCASTING NETWORK
  • WSVT-LP Channel 18; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
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