Ghost Tales Of John's Pass In Pinellas County Florida......

Ghost Tales of John's Pass in Pinellas County Florida...........everybody loves local history and when it is combined with ghost tales it turns into a real attention getter!

John's Pass Village, Madeira Beach FloridaJohn's Pass separates Madeira Beach from Treasure Island here on our Gulf Beaches. John's Pass got it's name from a gentleman from France by the name of John Levique. It seems he was working as a lad on a Spanish vessel when it was attacked by pirates. Now WHO doesn't like a good pirate tale.......John joined this band of pirates and eventually did well enough that it is said he had his own ship.

Legend has it that in the 1840's John made Florida's Gulf Coast his home, around Madeira Beach. Supposedly arriving with a chest of treasure that he buried somewhere on the beach, he settled into the business of selling turtles all along the Gulf of Mexico, even as far away as New Orleans. On one of his return trips a hurricane was approaching, so John waited further up the coast until he could sail come. Unfortunately, legend has it that the hurricane altered the pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island (where John had his treasure buried) and it is said he never found that burial site again. Locals claim that they still see John walking the beaches from time to time, searching for his lost treasure.John's Pass Village, Madeira Beach Florida

Today John's Pass is the home of John's Pass Village, a popular spot with locals and tourists alike! It is here, at John's Pass Village that you will find the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant. The Friendly Fisherman is owned by the Hubbard family, as is Hubbard's Marina - THE destination for deep sea fishing!

Legend has it that George and Anna Hubbard settled in the area in 1929 and started a fishing business. By 1975, the family moved that business to John's Pass Village, where it remains to this very day. Wilson Hubbard, son of George and Anna, was the one to move the business to it's current location and also the first person on our coast to offer dolphin trips out into the Gulf for tourists. That has sure proven to be one popular idea! All along the coast dolphin trips are offered today!

John's Pass Village, Madeira Beach Florida

As for ghost tales, there is one that Wilson Hubbard, who passed on in the early 1990's, still visits both the restaurant and his former dolphin watching boat, The Sea Adventure. As a matter of fact, ghost tours are offered and you can purchase your ticket right at John's Pass Village!

There is a lot of history right here in Pinellas County and this is just a small sampling!


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Shirley Parks
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I have never seen a ghost but I think everyone likes a good ghost story.  This would be a fun tour to take.

Feb 13, 2012 06:44 AM #1
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Shirley - I HAVE seen ghosts and they are nothing to be scared about but combining ghost stories with history somehow brings it to life............

Feb 13, 2012 07:11 AM #2
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Barbara-Jo, great history lesson about Johns Pass, I love it over there,,, gotta go to Gators!

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Hey, Fred - long time no see! You need to make our next get-together!!!

Feb 13, 2012 07:54 AM #4
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I cannot get enough of ghost stories! I will make sure to take the tour on my next visit. Thank you so much for sharing these stories with us Barbara-Jo.

Oh how I enjoy reading your blogs!

Feb 13, 2012 09:25 AM #5
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Barbara Jo, What a great blog.

I have been to John's Pass Village and I liked it. I'm glad you've featured it.  Apparently businesses continue to thrive there! As for ghosts...I've not seen one yet but I'll keep looking.

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Hi Barbara-Jo, I've never heard that ghost story about John's Pass before. Thank you so much for sharing!  Next time I go, I'll look out for John's ghost.

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Hi Barbara-Jo 

cool ghost story and local community and business description-

we will have to find a way to make it out to your part of Florida soon

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Hi Barbara Jo, now it would be cool if John got some serious help and they bring in a payloader and check that beach very carefully for the treasurre. Imagine if it was found and what it could mean for the citizens there in developing their area. 

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WOOOOO HOOOOOO, Missy!  I had totally forgotten about this!  Thanks so much for reminding me of my old hunting grounds.  Hope you are well.

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Howdy and morning Barbara Jo

Barbara Jo my friend, I have always enjoyed looking for Ghost. I have actually came along a few in some of the different parts of the Country which I have lived in. I sure do think it would be a mighty interesting time to come along John Levique.  

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

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Barbara-Jo, ghosts are a popular topic, and lots of good information on John's Pass.     Would be an interested destination!

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Thanks, Lydie. Looking forward to your next visit!

Charles - yes, this area is extremely popular with the tourists!

Silvia - and check out the food as well! Great fresh seafood!!!

Peter and Linda - be sure to let me know when you are coming so we can do lunch!

William - My guess is that when the hurricane reformed the pass over a hundred years ago, his treasure ended up DEEP under water............

Mimi - Doing well indeed! Happy Valentine's Day!

Dale - yes, it is interesting how they seem to get 'stuck' here............

Joan - there are other ghost tales of our area which I plan on sharing...................

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