Money Bayou Memories

Money Bayou History

Money Bayou and Money Beach is a favorite spot for those people who like the beach.  It is located near Port St. Joe, Florida, between Mexico Beach, and Appalachicola.  The area is located with the borders of The Forgotten Coast.  The Forgotten Coast lists the area of Mexico Beach and those areas east ending at Alligator Point.  Many people are familiar with the colorful past of Money Bayou.  In the 1700s and 1800s, it is rumored that pirates visited Money Bayou, and maybe even deposited some of their loot in the bayou.  The legend is that there is a burried treasure chest always just out of reach.  When someone digs for the chest it just sinks deeper and deeper into the sand.  

Fishing and crabing in the Bayou is an activity that is treasured by the local residents. Sometimes the weather, the tide, and the dunes cause the sand to shift, and close off the bayou from the gulf.  When this happens, an abundance of fish and shrimp and crabs are trapped in the bayou, making them easy to catch.  At this time many local fishermen and some visitors show up to take advantage of the bounty. 

The city of Port St. Joe has it's own history.  The old city of St. Joseph was for a time, the largest city in Florida.  The city disappeared without a trace in the 1840s.  It is believed that a hurricane "The Great Tide", and a yellow fever epidemic, damaged the city severely, but it  was finished off by the emergence of competition from Appalachicola, a town about 30 miles to the east, better situated at the mouth of The Appalachicola River.  The historic Old St. Joseph Cemetery contains many graves with markers from the early 1800s.  The legend of the lost city of St. Joseph is that the city was so wicked that God sent a plague of fever and then used a tidal wave to wash away what was left.  Florida was transferred from Spain to the U. S. in 1821.  In 1837, residents of Florida voted to become a state, and that occured six years later.  The delegates drafting the Florida Constitution met in the city of St. Joseph, and completed this process in 1839.  There is a 13.5 acre Constitutional Convention State Museum (open to the public) commemorating this event.      

In the 1950s, Money Beach hosted a resort with hotels, restaurants, and night clubs.  All evidence of its existance is now gone, and you find only beach homes. 

Other landmarks near Money Bayou are Indian Pass, St. Vincent Island, a wildlife preserve, and Cape San Blas, with beach homes, restaurants, and a state park.  Many local residents refer to the area past C-30 E as Money Bayou.  C-30 E is the entrance to Cape San Blas, a top rated beach, and T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  This state park and St. Vincent's wildlife preserve, is a major tourist attraction.

This area has revitalized itself from a fading industrial town into one of the newest and best planned vacation and residential areas on the Florida Gulf Coast.  When you visit one of the world's most beautiful vacation spots, you should come hungry.  Tourist and sports enthusiast come from all areas for fishing, crabing, and  shrimping.  Port St. Joe is also known for scallops, and Appalachicola is known for their oysters.  Indian Pass has their own brand of oysters, and is a destination in it's own right for consumption of oysters. There are many restaurants to choose from in Appalachicola, Mexico Beach, and Port St. Joe, serving the local catch
Money Bayou, Money Beach, and Port St. Joe are great places to explore history, and also to see some of the most beautiful scenery in Florida

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