The Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands (HM24AT)

Location: Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Brevard County
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N 28° 18.563', W 80° 36.858'

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The Thousand Islands formed as the result of an ancient tidal inlet that breached this barrier island and flowed across modern-day Cocoa Beach. The indigenous Ais people, a fisher-gatherer society, lived along the inlet. Their oyster-shell middens gave rise to the tropical hammocks still evident on the islands today. In 1907, a New York hunting club purchased the land through their agent, W.J. Hazelwood, for duck hunting. The Thousand Island Club paid $5,000 to erect a clubhouse across the river at Horti Point, but it burned down on a rainy night in 1912. After World War II, dredge and fill activities for new housing developments modified the islands. During the Mercury and Apollo space programs on the 1950s and 1960s, Cocoa Beach saw an influx of population, and ditches were cut through the shoals to allow larger fish to access the inner marshes for mosquito control. In 1988, the State of Florida purchased the portion north of Minuteman Causeway. Brevard County acquired the remaining southern section of the Thousand Islands in 2007 to preserve and protect the natural beauty, vegetation, and native wildlife of this habitat.
HM NumberHM24AT
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 537814 N 3131535
Decimal Degrees28.30938333, -80.61430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 18.563', W 80° 36.858'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 18' 33.78" N, 80° 36' 51.48" W
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Area Code(s)321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 499 Ramp Rd, Cocoa Beach FL 32931, US
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