Groups of children swarm to building corners to take advantage of a few seconds of snow.
TARPON SPRINGS – In light of an abnormally hot December, Tarpon Springs residents had no trouble pretending a white Christmas was just around the corner.
On Dec. 6, There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs frosted Tarpon Avenue in a blanket of white for a few hours, complete with snowflake-like bubble machines on the corners of buildings and 10 tons of snow.
Outside the Chamber of Commerce office, a special mailbox, decorated in red and green, was set on the sidewalk for children to send a letter to Santa. If they left their name and address, Santa would write back.
Inside the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, Senior Girl Scout Troops 915 and 920 took family photos in front of Christmas trees and wrapped holiday presents for donations. The money they raised would go toward their gold award project, but a secondary goal lingered in the back of the girls’ minds: a cruise to celebrate their looming high school graduations.
But even among the Christmas carols and snow flurries, shaved ice food stands and vendors selling tropical dresses reminded festival goers of their stark reality: snow in 80 degree Tarpon Springs was a short-lived dream.