Source: The Tampa Tribune
On May 8, 1999, The Tampa Tribune reported that the Parbawatiya Buddhist Center will open a new home in Safety Harbor, Florida, with opening ceremonies to be held May 15-16. The Center, which is moving from a house in Clearwater to a former cafe and gift shop in downtown Safety Harbor, will provide a greater "sense of belonging" for the 50 regular attendees of the Center's programs. Nick Gillespie, resident teacher of the Center, stated: "With the new center, we are looking to establish some program to give back to the community. Now that we have our own place, we want to become part of the community."