Category Archives: Safety and technology

The Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center

The Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center 

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One of the Coolest places you’ve driven by but probably never seen…

I’ve been meaning to check it out,”………….  “I think I’ve heard of it but they must have torn it down years ago,”………….”

Safety Harbor has a museum???”

Yes, folks, these are few of the many things you hear from tourists, as well as locals, who haven’t been to the Safety Harbor museum.  Contrary to popular mythology, or lack thereof, it does exit and, you don’t have ttime_portal_by_lyze_creative-d9uuqwmo travel through a hidden time portal to get there.

Nor is it hidden in dark forests of refracted light intentionally avoiding the public.  Actually,  I believe that’s Big Foot.

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Anyway, this neat little museum is within walking distance of downtown.  Situated up on a hill (yes, we do have hills around here – just ask the ants) above Bayshore Boulevard, the museum is housed in a charming craftsman style bungalow that’s home to both a permanent local history exhibit and a revolving community art display which features local Artists of all kinds.

When I was in there, they had just set up the display by local Cuban-American artist Ben Cardoso, whose retrospective of life in Cuba spans his memory of five decades – a nostalgic glimpse of the Cuba of bygone days, captured forever on canvas. (sorry, don’t want to sound like an art critic! Please stop me if I try to use phrases like “contemplative palette,” or brush strokes pregnant with meaning….)safety-harbor-museum-inside-3

Anyway, in the museum, you can learn about our local Tocabaga Indians, their culture and art and pick up a cool map of Florida’s Indian heritage (or visit www.trailoffloridasindianheritage.org  for more information on county state and national parks that showcase more than 65 archaeological sites.)

Remember the dioramas you had to make in 3rd grade? (what can I say, I went to a private school) Actually, I’m trying to forget that diorama experience – I think it was Marvin Finklestein that let a large cockroach loose in mine and I was ruined for the rest of that project, but I digress… I mention that as I particularly loved the Tocobaga Diorama at the museum – intriguing in its detail – kids will love it, and no cockroaches!

The museum is also proud to offer an acclaimed children’s summer camp as well as being a popular destination for school field trips and various clubs looking for interesting tours on the area history.  Check out an art class – maybe you’ll be good enough to be a “featured artist”

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……. or not!  

Come take advantage of the many adult classes available to our community.   You’ll wonder why you waited so long ……………. even if you don’t become a featured artist!

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/573/Museum-Cultural-Center

Just when you think it’s safe to leave your doors unlocked – somebody steals your door knob – and your whole house!

Don’t you love alarmdoor knob and handist headlines?  No, I don’t either, but what I’m about to tell you does happen and it deserves being at least a little alarmed. What am I referring to?  I’m talking about someone forging a new deed on your home then filing it with the county clerk’s office.  Imagine, three years after you’ve purchased your home you find it’s been sold to a family of twelve. You watch helplessly as they land in your driveway, their UHaul and 1940s pick-up truck, overflowing with furniture from Billy Bob’s discount mart and a few hound dogs, now relieving themselves on your lawn.  All you can do is stand there gawking in your flannel pjs, morning paper in hand.

I know it’s hard to wrap your wits around this but it has happened – often enough that the county now offers a simple way for you to register your property so that, should someone try this with your home, you would be alerted to any change of ownership and be able to take immediate action. Just go to this site to sign up: https://www.propertyfraudalert.com. It only takes two minutes and it may just save your door knob – and an awful lot of future headache!

There’s an app for that…

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Seems that’s the mantra of the new techno-marketing world where anything you could want is available with just a simple download. I personally like the flashlight app and the compass.  Excellent for those many occasions I’m lost in the woods.  And let’s not forget the “pocket fishing” app – which I turn to whenever I’m given a choice between that and self- dentistry.

Now, I realize that the vast majority of apps deal with high-brow subject matter such as slinging cranky fowl at porcine opponents or subdividing watermelons and casaba with uncle Abe’s samurai sword, but hey, every once in a while there’s one that falls short of that “entertainment” standard but which is still worth downloading.

Segue to the New Keller Williams App – the  locate nearby homes, find open houses and advanced search app (could also be called the deputy realtor app – comes with an optional tin star for just $9:00 shipping and handling). Actually, this amazing  little app can be down-loaded for free on your phone then you can search the neighborhoods you like for what’s available. You can also drive by a home and have an immediate peak inside with justa touch of the screen – don’t worry, it’s not a live feed.

Unfortunately, everything can be downloaded except your realtor, but we are just a phone call away – happy hunting!