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Sand CLOSING John's Pass

harbisonharbison Posts: 5,772 Admiral
edited October 2020 in Conservation Front #1
The history of John's Pass is the history of Florida.
 In 1836 John Levique's ship was ambushed by pirates. Levique was given the choice of death or joining the pirate crew. He chose to join the pirates and worked his way to the top and soon became the captain of his own ship. Late in the summer of 1848 Levique sailed to New Orleans. While sailing home he encountered a terrible storm; he decided to wait out the hurricane in a sheltered area along the coast. The hurricane rearranged the shoreline, and opened a new pass. John Levique navigated through the new pass on the morning of September 27, 1848. Since that time the inlet between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island has been called "John's Pass" in honor of its discovery and maiden passage by John Levique. Today John's Pass, Madeira Beach, and Treasure Island look a lot different from what the completely undeveloped area was like in 1848:

But today there is a problem; a HUGE problem:

If something is not done, and done quickly, the Pass discovered by John Levique, will be gone forever.
 Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, and John's Pass represent the best Florida has to offer. John's Pass Village & Boardwalk are national treasures; treasures that must be preserved:

This cannot be allowed to continue:

Sand CLOSING John's Pass!
We can make a difference. Listen closely as Captain Dylan Hubbard tells us what we can do to ensure John's Pass will now & forever be part of our Florida; part of what makes Florida great:

Sand CLOSING John's Pass
If something is not done, and done quickly, the Pass discovered by John Levique, will be gone forever. 
A special thanks to Captain Dylan Hubbard 
Bob Harbison  Florida Outdoor Writers Association


  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 13,917 AG
    Let nature take it's course.
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 2,102 Captain
    Let nature take it's course.
    I'm sure that those with a huge investment would disagree. Maybe beach enrichment programs with subsequent movement of sand have something to do with the situation? Everytime we try to change the natural flow of things bad things happen it seems.

  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 13,917 AG
    So, like i said.
  • plantmanrodeoplantmanrodeo Posts: 80 Deckhand
    I've fished every pass on the West coast of Florida, some of them hard for 35 years. I can tell you mother nature and current affect every one of them drastically every year. There are millions of cubic yards of sand swept in every direction and dumped daily in differrent spots in, near, and around passes. Any pass not heavily jettied on both sides will realize shifting sands that affect navigation. Every beach suffers from the same phenomenon, with more dramatic changes the closer the beach is to a pass.

    Dredging helps, but is required forever without jetties, or people just deal with it and navigate accordingly. Or not. 

    The only pass I know of that's realative immune is Boca Grande, due to its screaming tides, width and natural 45-70' depth with a pure limestone bottom. That being said, there are massive shoals north and south on the outside of the pass that are changing constantly due to the same factors mentioned above. 

    Mother nature can be a funny thing.

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