A crisis of compensation
For 87 years, Smirlis Bakery sent the inviting aroma of baking breads and pastries wafting through the community of Tarpon Springs. Founded by Greek immigrant Stavros Smirlis, the bakery supplied baked goods to the largely Greek community. But, in March, Smirlis shut off its ovens, Tarpon Springs lost a part of its history and 70 people lost their jobs.
One reason: The cost of providing worker's compensation insurance for the bakery's employees became too high.