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Tarpon Springs refurbishes 1936 sponge boat

Tarpon Springs, Fla., completed the refurbishing of a sponge boat built in 1936.

The city purchased the 43-foot boat for $40,000 in 1994, according to a report at

"Not only is this a city asset, but it represents the culture of Tarpon Springs," city commissioner Chris Alahouzos says. "It's an attraction to us and contributes to the local economy because tourists are here to see the sponge boats, and this is one of the originals."

Tarpon Springs is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where traditional Greek sponge boats can be found, according to the report.

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