In 1960, a Blue Ridge Mountains country singer named Josiah
Cephas Weaver headed to Florida, settling into a Dunedin home with more than
550 feet of waterfront on the St. Joseph Sound, and a view of Caladesi Island
State Park. In 2004, Weaver moved again, but rebuffed offers from developers
for his property, instead offering the land to the city for preservation as a
park. TPL helped the city preserve the
property in late 2008 with funding from the county and the Florida Communities
Trust, a source created in 1991 with the help of TPL.
Opened to the public in 2011, Weaver Park features more than
12 acres of submerged waters and undeveloped coastal vistas–some of the last in
Dunedin–and serves one of the country’s most densely populated counties. The park is owned and managed by the City of
Dunedin, and provides residents and visitors with direct access between the popular
Pinellas Trail and the Gulf of Mexico.
A 725-foot long pier that extends over the water is a place to fish and
watch the Florida sunsets. Future plans
include building a canoe/kayak launch, trailside bathroom facilities and two
picnic pavillions. Eventually, visitors will also be able to enjoy a museum
and nature center that will be converted from a house located on the property,
built in 1915 by the famed naturalist Dr. Willis S. Blatchley.
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