Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida has a unique history.  The island started as a resort destination in the early 1940′s.  This island park, was originally known as Hog Island, due to the fact that some enterprising ranchers used the island to raise pigs at the turn of the 20th Century.  In the 1940′s developers were interested in creating a community on the island, and came up with the idea to offer free vacation cottages for worthy newly weds.  The newly weds had to submit an application in writing in order to be considered as a recipient of one of the cottages for a short stay.  Ronald Reagan was one such applicant, but was turned down because of a divorce from his first wife.  Only first marriages were then considered.

The state park is undergoing a beach re-nourishment project is underway to re-build the once plentiful sand on the Gulf side.  The project is scheduled for completion by early 2016.  The result as of Labor Day 2015 is stunning.  A beach about 100 yards wide by 300 yards long now exists where just a year ago, the Gulf of Mexico was lapping at the edge of the North parking lot.

Here are some pictures of the dredge working the shoals.  More pictures to come as the project nears completion.

Dredge working in Hurricane Pass.  Clearwater Beach in background.

Dredge working in Hurricane Pass. Clearwater Beach in background.

Dredge closeup.

Dredge closeup.

Atlantic Frigate birds looking for lunch near the dredge.

Atlantic Frigate birds looking for lunch near the dredge.