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Tarpon to begin search for more historic buildings

TARPON SPRINGS — Think your old Craftsman bungalow deserves some recognition?

Now's the chance to make your case.

This month, the city will begin a six-month survey of buildings in and near the city's historic district.

"Some sites were inadvertently missed in the original survey," said Kathleen Monahan, Tarpon Springs' cultural and civic services director.

And others may be eligible for inclusion because they're now 20 years older than they were when the first survey was completed in 1988, Monahan said.

To be included, buildings generally need to be 50 years or older and have no major changes to the original architectural character, but others may qualify because of their relationship to historic people or events.

The city's historic district is bordered roughly by Beekman Lane and Canal Street to the west, Boyer Street to the south, Levis Avenue to the east and Park Street to the north.

The survey will also focus on buildings near Spring Bayou in the "fruit salad district," so-named for surrounding streets such as Lime, Orange and Pineapple.

City officials are asking current owners or residents to help identify historic structures by providing information on previous owners, original architects or builders and year of construction.

The survey, funded by a $21,500 matching grant awarded by the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, should be completed by June.

Owners of buildings deemed historically significant will be required to abide by design and maintenance guidelines created to preserve the character of the area.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4162.

What's next

Historic district

City commissioners will hear a presentation on the project at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at City Hall, 324 E Pine Street. A meeting seeking public input will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane in Craig Park.

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