Armenia Avenue Anyone? The Story of Armenia Avenue in Tampa Bay, Florida

Florida Armenians

A Series of Fortunate Circumstances

By Dr. George Kamajian
FLArmenians Guest Contributor 

Tampa Bay, FL – Florida, our 3rd largest state, has long been underrepresented when it comes to organized Armenians.  Sure, there have been Hye’s basking in the Sunshine State for decades.  The traditional Interstate-95 corridor from Boston to Miami sprouted numerous colonies of Armenians from Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale. Churches soon followed in Miami and Boca Raton with a smattering of a few mission parishes when the Armenian populations were deemed too small to support a church. Although Armenians have made their presence known in Florida business and sports (think Garo Yepremian from the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins) for years, their numbers are still anemic when compared to Philadelphia, Boston or Detroit.

(Also on FLArmenians: Armenian Genocide Billboards on Display in South Florida, Massachusetts)

When the western part of the state opened up with Interstate-75…

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