ODESSA, FLORIDA

The Odessa area was first settled in the middle 1800s by the W.M. Mobley Family who migrated from Savannah, Georgia. Odessa was named in the 1880s by Peter Demens,[4] a Russian immigrant who developed the community through the Orange Belt Railway.[5] Later, the railroad came through, running parallel with S.R. 54.[6] Demens also founded St. Petersburg, Florida and named both communities after places he used to go to in his native country.

There was once a large sawmill in the area providing employment. This sawmill replaced some smaller ones and was burned in a fire in 1922.

The area is rapidly being developed as Tampa expands.

Odessa Native Danny Coflin playing guitar at the Florida Folk Festival.

Rural path in Odessa, Florida. The morning dew lifting in Odessa, a typical country scene to be enjoyed in this "Old Florida" community. Odessa was home to Tampa Bay Executive Airport until 2004.

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