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Crystal Beach in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission

 
 
Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 10, 2017
1. Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission Marker
Inscription. The Blue Heron Hotel was built in 1917. Reverend Fred C. and Cora Markerts established Faith Mission in Tampa as a children's home in 1923. In 1928, it moved to Crystal Beach and occupied the Blue Heron. Faith Mission grew to peak occupancy of 87 children. During World War II servicemen on coastal patrol duty were invited to sleep in the building at night. Faith Mission was a Christian organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions. In 1951 the Blue Heron was razed and by 1952, a 10-room, one-story, masonry building had been completed for use as a retirement home. Pinellas County purchased the site from Faith Mission in 2000, and it became part of Live Oak Park.
 
Location. 28° 5.533′ N, 82° 46.82′ W. Marker is in Crystal Beach, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on North Gulf Drive just south of Avery Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on a rock in the middle of Live Oak Park. Marker is in this post office area: Crystal Beach FL 34681, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ozona Village Hall (approx. 1 miles away); Oasis Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dunedin Isles Golf Club
Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission Marker on rock image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 10, 2017
2. Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission Marker on rock
(approx. 3 miles away); Craig Park War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); St. Ignatius of Antioch Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry (approx. 4 miles away); Rose Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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