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1924: Crowds flock Safety Harbor pavilion

By THERESA BLACKWELL, Times Staff Writer
Published October 7, 2007


CLEARWATER - In spite of occasional showers, many people from this part of the county drove to Safety Harbor yesterday to inspect the new pavilion of the Espiritu Springs company and to drink of the health-giving waters. The pavilion has been open to the public but one week.

The first folks encountered upon entering the pavilion were a group of capitalists from Atlanta, who were being shown around the development by President W.E. Sinclair and Managing Director Townsend of Espiritu Santo Springs, Inc., as well as County Commissioner R.H. Sumner of St. Petersburg. Sumner is the company's treasurer and Mrs. Sumner, who accompanied her husband, appeared to be as thoroughly pleased with the outlook as were the rest of the visitors.

The pavilion, first of the three large structures projected on the site of the mineral springs which boil from the bluff overlooking Old Tampa Bay, is an exceptionally attractive building. Of Spanish design, stuccoed in an appropriate color scheme, it would be a difficult matter to improve upon it.

This pavilion is the realization of Sinclair's dreams. A sanitarium and baths are now in a fair way toward completion north of the pavilion, and these buildings are to be followed by a large hotel, still further up on the fill which is being made. A large centrifugal dredge is throwing up material to enlarge the shorefront.

Suspended over the entrance to the parlor on the east side of the pavilion is a large model of a Spanish sailing vessel of the sort that carried DeSoto when he landed there and named the springs Espiritu Santo.

Oct. 5, 1948

Disaster committee ready in Clearwater

CLEARWATER - Central Pinellas citrus growers turned anxious eyes and ears toward the south today as they scanned lowering skies and listened to radio broadcasts of the tropical hurricane, which developed unexpectedly in the western Caribbean sea yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, members of the disaster relief committee of the local American Red Cross chapter were alerted to meet any emergency. Jack La Pice, executive director of the chapter, said the entire committee was under standby orders to swing into action if the hurricane heads toward this section of Florida.

The usual arrangements have been made to evacuate residents of Clearwater Beach to shelters on the mainland should such action be warranted.

Greatest threat to this part of the county is to the bumper citrus crop, now hanging heavy on the trees. Because of the tremendous volume of fruit, growers said their groves would not be able to escape severe damage if wind velocities exceeded 40 miles per hour.

Oct. 6, 1936

Pinellas growers study proration of citrus fruit

CLEARWATER - Volume proration of grapefruit shipments, adopted by the Florida Citrus Commission at a meeting in Lakeland yesterday, was being digested by Pinellas County shippers today as they review what their weekly shipments will be.

All shippers must file their applications asking for allotment quotas by Wednesday with the state, in order to determine what their allotments will be for the next week.

Pinellas County now rates second in grapefruit production in the state, topped only by Polk County. Its rating in orange production is further down the list.

Shippers in Pinellas are now awaiting the commission's action Thursday morning on the proration of oranges and tangerines.

Looking back

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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