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Safety Harbor is a small town with a lot of history crammed into 5 square miles. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed here in 1539 and discovered the Tocobaga people, that had built a large settlement around a freshwater spring. He thought he might have discovered the legendary fountain of youth and dubbed it Espiritu Santo Springs, meaning "Springs of the Holy Spirit". Today, this is the location of the Safety Harbor Spa and Resort. Pirates operated these waters in the 18th century, and ships that made it to this area of Tampa Bay would be safe from pirates, thus the name. In 1823, a French nobleman named Count Odet Philippe settled in this area, purchasing a 160 acre tract of land. He introduced the grapefruit to the area, launching Florida's citrus industry, as well as cigars, which would become nearby Tampa's primary industry for a century. His estate is now the beautiful Philippe Park, and the longest road in town bears his name.
Safety Harbor has retained its' small town charm and is a haven for artists. It's quiet and quant, and because of its' geography, no one "drives through" town, and traffic is light. Some 5,00 people live here, and it is a great place to raise a family. It's a quiet and safe place to live, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of neighboring Tampa and Clearwater. It's these qualities that make Safety Harbor homes for sale so appealing.