CHESAPEAKE POINT CO-OP
Chesapeake Point Park is a 55+ mobile home cooperative located on Florida's Gulf coast in Tarpon Springs . A small group of approximately 40 residents purchased this 6.5 acre park in 2005. We consider it to be our own little slice of waterfront paradise. There are now 60 owners, and a total of 64 units.
The peninsula has a long history, including use as a Boy Scout Camp many years ago; there was also a Post Office in what is now our club house.
Tarpon Springs, with a series of bayous feeding into the Gulf of Mexico, first attracted attention as a place for winter homes about 1876. Some of the newly arrived visitors spotted tarpon jumping out of the waters and so named the location Tarpon Springs. The first Greek immigrants arrived in this city during the 1880s, when they were hired to work as divers in the growing sponge harvesting industry.
In 1905, John Cocoris introduced the technique of sponge diving to Tarpon Springs. Cocoris recruited Greek sponge divers from the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, in particular Kalymnos, Symi and Halki leading, by the 1930s, to a very productive sponge industry in Tarpon Springs, generating millions of dollars a year. The 1953 film Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, depicting sponge diving, takes place and was filmed in Tarpon Springs.