Ozona is about midway north
and south of peerless
Pinellas Peninsula. This peninsula being almost surrounded by water, is
ideal location for trucking and the cultivation of citrus fruit, as the
renders the temperature more equable than in other parts of the State
same latitude. With the Atlantic Coastline Railroad on one side of the
St. Joseph’s Bay-- an arm of the Gulf of Mexico—on
other, communication with
Tampa and the towns up and down the peninsula is easily effected.
has block after block of cement pavement, is
electrically lighted and has telegraph and telephone connection with
parts of the state; also three good stores, postoffice, two churches,
commodious schools, a fine town hall, built and owned by the Ladies
splendid hard surface road connects with the main
highway from St. Petersburg to Tampa and the northern part of the
road, passing through the business part of the town, leads directly to
where a turn over and easy loop is made back into the main road, thus
ideal automobile route.
point is obtained one of the finest views of the
Gulf and Anclote lighthouse along the coast. Automobile parties from
neighboring towns often stop here and enjoy lunch, under beautiful
around which the Ladies Club have put comfortable seats.
three packing houses located here afford ample opportunity
for the shipping of the hundreds of carloads of oranges and grapefruit
in the vicinity. The Florida Citrus Exchange, electrically
washing, drying and polishing its fruit, handles much of this fruit.
Ozona Packing Company, J. A. Snell, manager,
gasoline engines for its power. Dr. W. C. Richardson, has a private
house near the other two.
In the northern markets for
the last two years fruit
packed by the Ozona branch of the Florida Citrus Exchange has been in
youngest town on the peninsula, having been
incorporated November 10, 1914, and is now considering many changes for
betterment of the town. Here are to be found many commodious and
homes owned both by people who remain the year round and by tourists who
come early and stay late, and thus enjoy
the comforts of their Northern homes while escaping the discomforts of
weather. These homes have all the conveniences to be found in
homes of the larger cities, namely, bath, electric lights, telephone
hotel—“the Eavey Cottage”—is an
It is situated on an eminence and has a splendid view of the Gulf of
Anclote lighthouse. The rates are moderate and the cuisine strictly
Private board can be obtained
at a number of clean,
moderate-priced boarding houses.
Visitors can find here
splendid bathing and boating, the
surrounding waters being absolutely safe for bathing.
Boats can be found of various
kinds, whether rowboats or
sailboats, while medium sized launches are constantly going back and
forth. Some fine pleasure launches, suitable for long
owned by resident people and visitors.
Good fishing is to be had
close at hand and many good
strings of fish are brought in during the season.
public dock, with cement piers, extends
out two hundred
feet to a good channel. This dock was built by the Ladies’
Matters are progressing
towards the building of a bridge
connecting the mainland with an island, some distance away, giving
the Gulf beach. This will make Ozona one of the most important places
coast, as auto parties will come from miles around to enjoy the
serf bathing on the hard, white sand of the Gulf beach.
It is proposed to have an auto
speedway on this hard beach,
together with many other attractions.
Real estate is constantly
changing hands, a number of new
houses have been erected and a general air of prosperity pervades the
A number of tourists have
driven down from the North in
their autos; some have had their cars shipped, while others keep their
year round. A number are owned by the home people and parties are made
during the season to enjoy the many rides or to visit the places of
by Mrs. M. E. Young
Transcribed , Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers
Tampa Tribune: 12-13-1914