Great video link: Video of Honeymoon Island State Park
Honeymoon Island State Park will remain pristine for now. Pinellas county citizens gathered on July 6th to express their concerns for a proposed 17.5 acre campground with 45 permanent campsites. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working on approvals for more state parks to add RV campsites as a way of boosting income. Fortunately Pinellas County citizens fought to keep Honeymoon Island State Park as an "Old Florida" pristine landmark.
On Friday July 8th, Governor Rick Scott in consultation with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Herschel Vinyard instructed the Florida Park Service not to proceed with plans for camping at Honeymoon Island State Park. “After seeing the public’s reaction, it is clear that this is not the right time to expand camping at Honeymoon Island State Park,” said Governor Rick Scott. “These natural treasures belong to all the tax-paying citizens of this state and it would be unfair to proceed with a plan that so many Floridians are so adamantly opposed to.”
The history of Honeymoon Island State Park reads as follows on the Florida State Park website:
The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun - drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park´s concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.
A win for Pinellas County? Yes.
A win for Old Florida? Yes.
Will the State of Florida revisit this issue in the future? Stay Tuned...
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