Someplace so familiar

Traveling halfway around the world, this sponge diver found his home in Tarpon Springs — a vibrant seaside outpost of his native Greece. By Janet Scherberger It’s a breezy, clear-blue-sky early afternoon in Tarpon Springs and Anastasio “Taso” Karistinos is on his sponge boat, stringing up a gray tarp to protect against the sun. “I don’t need to get more tan,” he says with a broad grin, his white teeth

History unfolded as water set the course

History unfolded as water set the course Lessons abound in the stories of our state’s earliest inhabitants, as they coped with the rising seas. By Kenneth Sassaman 7032 B.C., Near Modern-Day Titusville, On Florida’s East Coast As the end of her mortal life approached, the matriarch of the clan contemplated the future of her people. The world they knew was changing. Water was on the rise, in some places faster

Listen to the Joy of Junkanoo

The bright colors, the loud clinking of a cowbell and the rhythmic beating of drums surround your senses as the music of celebration known as Junkanoo passes by. Held in select cities like Key West, Coconut Grove, Tampa, and Tallahassee, Junkanoo symbolizes the heart and soul of the Bahamian people. Originating from their spiritual African roots, Junkanoo celebrations began after Bahamian immigrants moved to Florida in the 19th century and