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Honeymoon Island is a barrier island located on Floridaís northwestern Gulf Coast at the western corner of the town of Dunedin. The Tocoba Indian tribe is believed to have visited the island first back in the 1400s when the island was referred to as Sand Island. Since the late 1800s, the island has been home to a hog farm, then referred to as Hog Island, a rum-running operation and a resort for soldiers during World War II. The area has experienced numerous hurricanes and a major one in 1921 split the island, forming Hurricane Pass and Caladesi Island to the south. The islandís name changed to Honeymoon Island in the early 1940ís when Clinton Mosely Washburn, who bought the island for $25,000 in 1938, began marketing it to newlyweds. Honeymoon Island State Park is located there. The island offers visitors a natural getaway for boating, swimming, fishing, picnics and nature exploration.
Nearest Largest City: Dunedin, Florida, USA
The islandís ecological community consists of virgin slash pine stands along the northern loop trail. These large trees serve as important nesting sites for the osprey. Other important coastal plant communities found on and around the island include mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, salt marshes, tidal flats, and sand dunes. Honeymoon Island has more than 208 species of plants and a variety of shorebirds, including several threatened and endangered species.
Florida State Parks. URL: http://www.abfla.com/parks/HoneymoonIsland/honeymoonisland.html#geo
TBO.com. URL: http://news.tbo.com/news/MGALXZY6D9D.html
Florida State Parks - Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area
Keywords: Barrier island, Mangrove, Seagrass, Pine, Salt marsh, Tidal flat, Dune, Osprey, Shorebird, Endangered species
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