Port Richey was incorporated as a municipality in May, 1925. Charles H. Hoffman
served as its first mayor. Perhaps the first indication that Port Richey was destined to
enjoy a reputation of uniqueness was the fact that the little city was politically ahead of
its time. 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.
Long before Port Richey was incorporated, however, it was a Mecca for fisherman and
trappers. In fact, it was once an industrious Indian community and has been the home
and burial ground for two separate Indian tribes.
In 1883, Aaron M. Richey arrived from St. Joseph, Missouri and settled near the mouth
of the Pithlachascotee, later called Richey Point. Needing a dock to moor his schooner,
he purchased a small piece of riverfront property from a member of the pioneer Clark
family and immediately named that piece of property Port Richey. After he settled in the
area he found that mail was being carried from Brooksville to Anclote by horseback and
so he decided to establish a post office, naming it the Port Richey Post Office. He served
as the first postmaster and also operated a small general store on Richey Point.
As other early settlers arrived, word was gradually spread among the northern states
about the mild winter 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 coupled 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 was the thrill of a lifetime,
being mounted on the wall as proof of the proverbial fish story.
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 fishermen 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 here.
Port Richey has certainly grown in spite of traditional efforts on the part of many of its
citizens to keep it as small as possible. The population of Port Richey in 1935 was only
249. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the estimated population in 2017 is
The City is planning a Clean-up on September 9th through September 20th. Residents will be able to drop off unwanted items between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at City Hall (6333 Ridge Road) during the first week. During the second week of the clean-up, curbside pick-up will be available for larger items that require heavy equipment for disposal. The following items will not be permitted for disposal at the City’s Clean-up: *No paint *No chemicals *No tires *No oil/petroleum products *No car batteries *No hazardous waste materials
Public Notice is hereby given to advise the residents of the City of Port Richey that the qualifying period for candidates in the upcoming September 10th, 2019 City Council seat election. The qualifying period will begin at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 and will end at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019.
TWO (2) Council seats will be open. The seats are a twenty (20) month term.
Qualifying papers or information may be obtained from the City Clerk at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road, Florida 34668 or call 727-816-1900 Ext. 107. The special election will be held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Sal Licari, City Clerk
City of Port Richey, Florida
Publish: 07-02 and 07-09 (2019)