Past & Present

Safety Harbor: Yesterday & Today
Comfortably nestled along the northwest edge of Old Tampa Bay in Pinellas County, Safety Harbor enjoys a unique place in the history books and in the hearts of its citizens and visitors.

1st Inhabitants & Explorers
The 1st inhabitants were the Timucuan Indians who called the area Tocobaga. In 1528 Spanish adventurers led by the explorer Navarez landed on our shores.

Santo Springs
Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth, these natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers. Today, 22 acres of pristine Florida coastline houses the famous Safety Harbor Resort and Spa which remains one of the world's finest spa destinations and continues to attract health conscious visitors to the area.

1st Homestead
Safety Harbor was first homesteaded by Count Odet Philippe, a French surgeon in Napoleon's navy, who is credited with introducing citrus growing to Florida. Established in 1823 the Count's homestead is now the site of Philippe Park, a 122-acre Pinellas County owned and operated facility that is very popular among our residents and visitors.

City Incorporation
Safety Harbor was formally incorporated as a City in 1917 with a population of 200 persons. Today 16,251 persons call Safety Harbor their home. Primarily a residential community, the city has maintained the character of a family oriented community while preserving our environmentally sensitive lands and revitalizing our historic downtown Business District.

General Information & Demographics
  • Population - 16,251
  • Median Age - 39.5 Years
  • Median Household Income - $57,597
  • Number of Housing Units - 7,212
  • Persons Per Household - 2.32
Form of Government
The City of Safety Harbor uses the Commission-Manager form of government.
  • The City Commission has the legislative powers of the city and consists of a Mayor-Commissioner and 4 Commissioners.
  • The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the city and is appointed by the City Commission.
  • The Mayor and City Commissioners serve a 3-year term and are elected at large to numbered seats.
  • The Mayor and 1 Commissioner are elected 1 year and 3 Commissioners are elected the following year.
Elections
Elections are held on the 2nd Tuesday of March.

Services
The city provides a full range of services to our residents. Services provided include:
Major Employers