Tarpon Springs listed as a top retiree boating town

TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs isn't just an ideal location for professional boaters who make a living as fisherman and spongers.

According to BoatUS Magazine, it's a tough town to beat for retired recreational seafarers, too.

Tarpon Springs joined a list of city's across the nation in the magazine's "10 Great Boating Towns to Retire, Play and Thrive."

The article, published in the magazine's June-July print issue, praises Tarpon Springs for its compact harbor with plenty of marina space, easy access to the Gulf, ample fishing opportunities, no income taxes and lower cost of living.

The BoatUS website's lead-in to the article states that editors looked at multiple factors when creating their list of boat-friendly American communities. Those included the length of the boat season, living costs, median home prices, taxes, weather, fishing options, transportation, top hospitals and other cultural activities.

Tarpon Springs was the lone Florida city to be listed, though the article states an updated story will be printed that cites other attractive boating cities for retirees.

The other towns were: Traverse City, Mich.; Port Townsend, Wash.; Annapolis, Md.; New Bern, N.C.; Portland, Ore.; Portland, Maine; San Diego, Calif.; Camdenton, Mo.; and Gainesville, Ga.
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