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Thank You, Safety Harbor


Thank you, Safety Harbor. This is the first thought that comes to mind this Thanksgiving Season as I reflect on reasons to be grateful.

You are a small town; a real community so like the town of my childhood. A place where I can stroll down Main Street at any given moment and run into a friend, and where the shopkeepers know me by name. And for being a place, where I can walk through the streets well after dusk knowing that I am safe and secure.

The town is a center of creativity that encourages a writing talent that emerged so late into my adulthood. And you provide this platform to share my thoughts. A special thanks to those of you who stop me on the street, with the words, “You’re Amy, I follow your blog.” Where else could a woman of a certain age have a following?

Whether Journey Dancing at the Gazebo or Flash Mobbing in the middle of Main Street, Safety Harbor gives me an opportunity for joyful, uninhibited self expression that keeps my childhood passion for dance alive.

In Safety Harbor, over half of my friends are the age of my daughters, yet we interact as peers. This is a true multi-generational community, where people of all ages get along with respect, and by knowing each other are enriched.

Thank you for your quirkiness, your artsiness.

Open Mic2


For being a place where I can recite Lip Sync 1serious prose at Open Mic, then shift venues and be a blond Tina Turner to a white Ike, and no one thinks that’s strange.




For the restaurants that take time to focus on food which is fresh and organic, supporting a healthy lifestyle. And for the Spa; a social hub, a center of healing.

Thank you, Safety Harbor for your reverence for the creations in nature. From the oak trees, to the parks, to the waterfront, to the sunrise and sunsets, Harborites treasure with awe the creations of nature that enfold.


Sunset Safety Harbor

Most of all, thank you for sustaining me through last year. For nurturing and loving me back to health. This is my tribute of Thanksgiving


Amy Bryant


Amy Bryant

Author of You CAN Go Home Again


  1. Amy, I am finally joining your friends in thanking your for this tribute to Safety Harbor and its people.
    If I could write as well as you, my tribute would be much the same. I, too, love it here and appreciate what this town and my family and friends here have done for my well-being.

  2. Amy, what a beautiful blog that is so fitting for our local community and the lifestyle of Safety Harbor. My comment is arriving post-Thanksgiving due to overseas travel, but be sure that the feelings of gratefulness for our community are ones that carry me through every day of the year. Bravo on capturing a piece of what’s good in the world!

  3. Amy,
    Lovely article….I’ve known the beautiful Safety Harbor since the late 80s’.
    We traveled from California for daughter wedding held at the gazebo park area.
    That’s when I fell in love with Safety Harbor and Florida!
    It only took about 20yrs before I got to retire here in Fl. in the Oldsmar area, so that’s the closest I got to your beloved SH.
    Sounds like you have a wonderful, full life, although we do not see you since we now live in Orlando area…..we wish you a very blessed HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

  4. Oh Amy!! This brings tears to my eyes. This post is perfection!! Thank you for communicating it so well!! I love Safety Harbor!!! Much love from the Enchanted Cottage and the Doods! JL

  5. You town sounds wonderful! Makes me want to visit!

    I appreciate the fact that you are thankful for it and I am sure the town is thankful for your wonderful Spirit as well.

    Tata for now!

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