Thursday, August 16, 2007

BeachHunter Visits the Florida Panhandle Beaches

For a long time I've been wanting to add the Florida panhandle beaches to my BeachHunter website. Well, the time has arrived.

In the next few weeks I'll be adding photos, video, and information on St. George Island beaches, Mexico Beach, St. Andrews State Park Beaches, Grayton Beach State Park, and some photos of Panama City Beach.

I was really surprised at the huge scale of the development on Panama City Beach. I was also BLOWN AWAY by how beautiful the water is at St. Andrews and along Panama City Beach. WOW!

It was really, really hot the past few days, so I didn't cover as many beaches as I would have liked. I was really hoping to get to the Navarre Beach area and to Fort Pickens and Fort McRee. That's right, Fort McRee. Although it is now underwater, I really think I ought to at least visit the beach named after my ancestors!

So stay tuned! I took several hundred photos.

I also got a sample of the whitest beach sand I could find up here. I'm going to compare it to the whitest sand I can find on the lower Gulf coast. I'll see if I can post photos and we can decide once and for all, who has the whitest sand!

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2 Comments:

nepenthesea@gmail.com said...

Fort McRee underwater? Who told you that?!

The fort is not at all underwater, I was there last weekend, and walked through the underground fort with a flashlight.

send me an e-mail if you want to know how to get there.

nepenthesea at gmail

10:17 AM  
David McRee, --BeachHunter said...

This is from the National Park Service Website:

Fort McRee

At the eastern end of Perdido Key is an area once used by the U.S. Army to defend Pensacola Bay. A three-tiered fort with a detached water battery called Fort McRee was built there between 1834 and 1839. During the Civil War, the fort was heavily damaged in a massive artillery exchange between Confederate forces at McRee and Barrancas, and Union forces at Fort Pickens and onboard the ships Niagara and Richmond in November 1861. Coastal erosion crumbled the foundations afterward, and by the 1906 Hurricane destroyed Fort McRee. All that was left was a single arch that eventually eroded away. The end of the island was still called Fort McRee, and concrete Coast Artillery batteries were built there in 1899, 1900 and 1942. Battery 233 was the last built and remains today.
http://www.nps.gov/archive/guis/extended/FLA/History/Forts.htm

5:10 PM  

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