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History Of Ponce Inlet

Discussion in 'Florida The Historic History of Florida' started by Nautical Gator, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    History of Ponce Inlet
    Ponce De Leon explores Ponce Inlet area
    Spanish establish St. Augustine, and gain control of Florida, driving out the French.
    Spain loses Florida to English at end of French and Indian War.
    Dr Turnbbull settles a group of Greeks, Italians and Minorcans in the largest British colonial attempt in North America at New Smyrna.
    Turnbull County deserted by indentured settlers who go to St. Augustine.
    Spain attempts to settle outlands from St. Augustine, by use of land grants.
    Antonio Pons (Ponz or Ponce), a New Smyrna Minorcan, is granted 175 acres on the point where the lighthouse now stands, which he had been farming for 20 years.
    Antonio Pons is driven off by the Indians and moves to St. Augustine.
    Antonio Pons is killed while serving the King of Spain during the Patriots War, started by the Americans.
    Pons' widow receives an additional grant of 230 acres in return for her husband's service to Spain.
    Florida ceded to United States by Spain. Live oak lumbering began at Los Mosquitoes (Ponce de Leon Inlet).
    First lighthouse built on New Smyrna side of Inlet was destroyed by Indians and a storm.
    Bartola Pacetti, descendant of an Italian settler at New Smyrna builds a house of driftwood on fifty acres of Turnbull Grant of the north side of the Inlet.
    Mercedes Pacetti gains Ponce Grant from heirs through a tax sale.
    Florida Land and Lumber Company establishes the Village of Port Orange near the Ponce Grant . Postal stamp moved to Dunlawton Plantation, present site of that city.
    Congress appropriates $60,000 to secure a site and build a lighthouse.
    Ten acres purchased from Bartola Pacetti for $400 for lighthouse reservation site.
    Major ( formerly Brigadier General ) Orville Babcock, appointed engineer for building the lighthouse and who named the community Ponce ( Pons ) Park, drowns in the Inlet.
    Lighthouse goes into service on November 1st of this year.
    Nathaniel Hasty files Ponce Park subdivision plat. La Ponce Hotel built on the river shore.
    Bert Pacetti, son of Bartola, named Bird Preservation Warden of the Mosquitoe Inlet Sanctuary by President Theodore Roosevelt.
    Collapse of Florida Land Boom and work stops on Robert Pacetti's dream . . . "The Inlet Terrace Hotel and Subdivision."
    Name of Mosquito Inlet changed to Ponce de Leon Inlet.
    Coast Guard takes over U.S. Lighthouse Service and the lighthouse here.
    Families moved off lighthouse property with the outbreak of World War II.
    Electric power run to Inlet
    Hurricane Donna rips through Volusia County and Ponce Inlet with winds up to 100 mph. Electricity went out for 24 hours.
    Town of Ponce Inlet incorporated August 20th. First Town Council sworn in at the lighthouse office.
    Town leases lighthouse property for $1.00 per year from U.S. Government for a Town Hall.
    Water service brought to inlet by the Town.
    Light turned off and re-established in New Smyrna Beach across from the Inlet.
    First Ponce Inlet police car rolls into service on Good Friday night.
    Interior Department, U.S. Government, deeds lighthouse reservation to Ponce Inlet.
    Lighthouse open to public daily by preservation society.
    Ponce Inlet Government moves into new Town Hall.
    New light returned to tower and new balcony opened for public at top.
    Hurricane Irene rips through Volusia County and Ponce Inlet with winds up to 100 mph.~ Electricity went out for nearly three days.
    New Public Works facility is built at 4875 S. Peninsula, on the site of the old building.~ Dedication takes place November 21, 2003.
    Hurricanes Charley, Jeanne, Ivan, & Frances tear through Florida making this an unprecedented Hurricane Season.~ Power poles along Atlantic Avenue are snapped like tooth-picks, there is flooding, several homes are damaged and many trees are destroyed.~ Fortunately, no lives are lost here in Ponce Inlet.~
    Ponce Inlet Police Dept. earns State Accreditation.
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  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Here is a photo from 1975
  3. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    When the Coast Guard took over the lighthouse its light was turned off . A tower was built near where the south jetties are today with a light. A lookout was stationed in the light tower 24 hours a day. I know first hand! I ran aground in the inlet before the jetties were built and the lookout spotted me before I could call them. Many of the Pacetti family are buried in a small cemetery just off Sailfish Drive in Ponce Inlet.
  4. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    When the jetties were being built around 1970, they would build a wooden deck over the rocks to allow the dragline and trucks to drive out to the end each day.

    The original jetties had a weir built about half way. This was a short concrete slab seawall that allowed the water to flow over the weir. The only problem was the fact that the sand flowed also building massive sand bars both inside and outside of the inlet. They finally filled in the weir with rocks and built the walkway over it.
  5. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    Sam - that 1975 photo shows the weir. It runs from the shore out about half way.
  6. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    You can see the south jetty is almost completely covered up after being built for 3-4 years! That was caused by the weir.
  7. fishingfool

    fishingfool Lieutenant

    Here's another little tidbit from Ponce Inlet. When the town was incorporated in 1963 Bill Stephens, the manager of Inlet Harbor, was appointed Town Marshall. Bill always said if he ever had to make an arrest he would resign! The town would not have a paid police force until 1971.

    I started my deep sea career in September 1963 at Inlet Harbor. I spent the next 15 years there.
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  8. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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  9. FLJNR

    FLJNR Pirate

  10. Good stuff. Thanks always nice to learn
  11. Floridays

    Floridays Pirate

    Fishing fool you would have most likely known Frank Timmons Sr. and his charter busines and Down the Hatch relationship. Frank Jr has had a charter business in St. Augustine for some 30 = years following in his dads footsteps. I grew up in Ormond in the 60's but knew Ponce Inlet well.
  12. robthetimekeeper

    robthetimekeeper Seaworthy

    Unfortunately, Fishing Fool hasn't been active on the forum for years. Has anyone seen him lately?
  13. Very cool details. Interesting to see the background.

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