Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Honeymoon Island bathhouse moved away from eroding shoreline

One of Honeymoon Island’s four bathhouses is on a wheeled trailer. It will be moved and later reopened.


One of Honeymoon Island’s four bathhouses is on a wheeled trailer. It will be moved and later reopened.

DUNEDIN — A Honeymoon Island State Park bathhouse built nearly 100 feet from the shore closed last week after decades of beach erosion left its wooden supports underwater.

The park's northernmost bathhouse, refitted to be the Puerto Rican backdrop of a mafia hit in the 2004 action film The Punisher, will sit on a wheeled trailer until it reopens in February at the back of the beach parking lot, a state spokeswoman said.

Visitors to Florida's busiest state park will be directed until then to temporary toilets or the park's three other bathhouses.

Built in the 1980s, the bathhouse is the last of the park's facilities to be moved away from the barrier island's shrinking coastline. Most of the buildings along the beach are elevated on stilts.

"Over time, the beach on Honeymoon Island has naturally become smaller," said Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Amy Graham. "As a result, the building was becoming very close to the water's edge. Although the structure was not in imminent danger of being damaged, this was the best time to begin the project."

At an estimated cost of $187,500, reconfiguring the parking lot and relocating the bathroom were the highest priorities this year for the park, according to a Department of Environmental Protection needs list.

Park staff members have struggled with sand retention along the shore for years.

A University of South Florida study in 1991, released months after officials paid $1.3 million for 13,000 truckloads of sand, concluded that expensive offshore breakwaters would be needed to slow erosion.

Crews have built structures along the water and dumped millions of dollars in new sand several times since, though much of it has washed out with the tide.

In August, Pinellas County commissioners approved $5.6 million for another sand replenishing on Honeymoon Island.

Honeymoon Island bathhouse moved away from eroding shoreline 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Photo illustration. []
  2. All Eyes photo gallery: 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 79, collapses buildings in Mexico


    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 79 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it …

    Rescuers work on a collapsed building on Amsterdam Avenue in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck, Sept. 19, 2017. Dozens have been reported killed across the country, including 42 in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and at least 20 buildings in Mexico City have collapsed. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times) XNYT169
  3. Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs


    Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team:

  4. After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo


    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.

    Miami coach Mark Richt watches during a victory over B-CU in the Sept. 2 opener. The Hurricanes haven’t played since.
  5. Despite Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough remains on pace to unlock hotel tax that could pay for Rays ballpark


    TAMPA — Despite the threat of a catastrophic storm, it was business as usual at many Hillsborough County hotels in the days before Hurricane Irma bore down on the Tampa Bay region.

    The Grand Hyatt near TIA closed during Hurricane Irma, but many other Hillsborough hotels were open and saw an influx.