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A1A in Flagler Beach
Things to do:
The beach is the most popular feature at this park. Visitors enjoy swimming, sunbathing, beach combing and fishing. The daily low tide is an ideal time to observe shore birds feeding in tidal pools. Summer months bring sea turtles that lay their eggs in the golden-brown coquina sand.
Nice walk way to the beach in front of the bath houses. Another one located behind the day use.
Boaters and canoeists can launch from a boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway.
On the Intracoastal Waterway side of the park, picnic pavilions provide a shady place to enjoy a meal.
Sand Oak Trees are a shrub to medium size tree. The tree limbs are sculpted by the wind. The limbs grow down to support these trees during hurricanes and high winds. These trees along with other plants help to keep the sand dunes stable.
That is great to know! Makes sense why it is our state tree!
A nature trail winds through a shady coastal forest of scrub oaks and saw palmetto.
- 1884-1918 a "Beach House of Refuge" was built on the site by the United States Lifesavings Services. These were the first attempt by the U.S. government to watch our coast, mainly for hurricanes warnings and rescuig shipwrecks sailors. Ten of these two story beach house were set up along Florida's coast with a "keeper" and his family. The building was a hurricane proof type of infirmary for shipwrecked sailors until it was closed in 1918.
- 1900 - By the turn of the century rolled around, steamship and gas powered vessels ended the need for the watch houses.
- 1915 - The United States Lifesaving Service merged with the United States Revenue Cutter System to create the U.S. Coast Guard.
- 1942 - 1954 During WWII, the U.S. Army Air Corp established and air warning site to monitor and detect hostile submarine and air activity along this section of Florida's coast.
- 1954 - Deeded to the state of Florida.
- 1968 - The Florida State Parks was awarded the land and it opened as a state park
- 1991 - This was named after Gamble Rogers, a folk singer. On October 10,1991 he was camping and in response to a child's plea for help he attempted to rescue a Canadian tourist in heavy surf and riptides of Flagler Beach. He was unsuccessfully at saving the tourist and lost his life as-well. The Florida legislator in honor of this Florida Folk singer/guitarist. After his death he was honored with many awards including a Kiwanis Award for Bravery, a Carnegie Award for heroism, and a Florida Folk Heritage Award. He was also inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 1998.