John D. MacArthur

Beach Days

When John D. MacArthur was advised about the environmental impact that development would have on the area that is now MacArthur Beach State Park, he became very proud of the property.  It was important to set aside tracts of land to preserve natural habitats; so much growth had taken place, developers were being watched with increased caution.  MacArthur was fascinated by the ecological system that was natural to the beachfront property.

The land became a state park in 1980, but it wasn’t until 1986 that plans were made for walkways, a parking lot, and a nature center designed to educate visitors on local flora and fauna.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 30th, 1988.

The Division of Recreation Director Ney Landrum stated, “The 355 acres of dunes, lagoons, and tropical vegetation enhanced by these facilities, is destined to become one of the great state parks in the country.”  I have to admit, MacArthur Beach State Park is definitely one of my favorites.

For more information, come to the office and read “State Work Starts on Beach Park” and “MacArthur’s ‘Jewel’ to be Developed; Park Plans Emphasize Natural Beauty.”

These photos were taken by me, Rosa Sophia, and are copyright to me.  Enjoy viewing, but please do not distribute.

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