The reason Port Richey was destined to enjoy a reputation of uniqueness was the fact that the little city was politically ahead of its time, for in its first year as a municipality a woman was elected to the council and chosen to be Vice Mayor. Her name was Susan Clark and she retained her position through four terms.
Today, Port Richey remains internally much as it has always been. With an almost explosive growth taking place over the entire surrounding area, it remains a picturesque port for commercial fisherman teeming with serenity and charm. Typical of the traditional values that still hold sway in this unique town is the pride its citizens take in living in a debt free city. Port Richey's real estate has grown in spite of traditional efforts on the part of many of its citizens to keep the city as small as possible. The population of Port Richey in 1935 was only 249. In 2004 the population is 3294. [www.copr.net]
Long before Port Richey was incorporated, however, it was a Mecca for fisherman and trappers. As other early settlers arrived, word gradually spread among the northern states about the mild winters on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The lure of the fish and game abundance in this area spelled paradise to many adventurous northerners. The sparkling gleam of the jumping mullets, together with the grouper, kings, snappers and others brought the anxious anglers. Dolphins dancing over the waves in the Gulf of Mexico were a dream come true to many and the catch of a tarpon the thrill of a lifetime to be mounted for proof of the proverbial fish story. In addition many who live in Port Richey are able to enjoy parks other historic attractions just minutes away in the New Port Richey area. To learn more about Port Richey homes for sale or available homes for rent, contact us today.
Port Richey has one high school (Daysprings Academy) within its city limits school. However a couple of miles away there are three more in the New Port Richey city limits. In addition there is Chasco Middle School, Fox Hollow Elementary, Gulf Highlands Elementary, and Chasco Elementary within the Port Richey city limits. Port Richey is located in Pasco County approximately thirty miles northwest of Greater Tampa and within a few miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Find more information about Port Richey Schools.
Centered between New Port Richey, south and Hudson to the north, Port Richey has a total area of 2.11 miles. The Gulf of Mexico coastline borders the west side and Veteran's Expressway is to the east. The Pithlachascotee River runs through the city. Port Richey is considered part of the Tampa Bay area, a mecca filled with major attractions and hot spots for recreation, sports and culture.