Peanut Island & Super Bowl

Trip Start Unknown
1
9
53
Trip End Ongoing


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - We took our dingy over to Peanut Island with Lee & Nancy and had a wonderful afternoon. The island is a 79 acre county park with a 19 slip boat dock and fishing pier, a lagoon for snorkeling and a beach half way around the island. In 1961 this island was at the center of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Before the crisis, this island, created in 1919 with dredging spoils, housed a small Coast Guard Station. But in December of 1961, U.S. Navy Seebees arrived to covertly build an underground emergency fallout shelter for President Kennedy and his family. The site was so secretive many of Kennedy's closest advisors didn't even know of its existence. During the Cuban Missile Crisis JFK and his family could be quickly moved to Peanut Island from their nearby vacation home in Palm Beach, not far from our anchorage, in the event of a nuclear catastrophe. Our guide Joe said that Kennedy visited the bunker at least twice. And here we were, standing where John F. Kennedy did, inside a 3" thick lead encased bunker that was sparsely furnished to say the least. It was an amazing feeling. Later in the day we all got together on Stan & Kathy's boat to watch the Super Bowl. Denny carefully transported our HDTV and antenna wrapped in towels aboard the dink and we gathered around the table in Vespera's spacious salon munching on homemade pizza courtesy of Kathy and cheeses and popcorn. It was a very memorable Super Bowl party. (See pics below)
Slideshow Report as Spam

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: