History of St. Andrews State Park

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When I first started to work on the waters surrounding the St. Andrews State Park area, I became interested in the history  and did a little research. What I found surprised me, since I had been living in the area for years and never heard about it. St. Andrews state park is one of the most used state parks of the hundreds of state parks in the state of Florida. It is actually within the top 10.

I found out, that the park was actually a military reservation in WWII. There are some great spots that I can show you! They did this at the onset of WWII to establish a Temporary Harbor Defense (THD). The U.S. Army used the state park to watch of German Submarines operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, The Canon Platforms and some barracks are still standing in St. Andrews state Park. The site was inactivated in 1944 and no shots were ever fired at the enemy. Since 1951 the park has been open to the public.   There is also a shipwreck of a Schooner in front of St. Andrews State park, which has a great story. It’s great for snorkeling and free diving. I will save that story for you when I see you on the boat.

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