History of Island Estates and the Surrounding Waterways

Did you know that what is now known as Island Estates was once part of the mainland?

Palm Coast, FL – March 22, 2012 – While researching another article, I came upon a great history of Island Estates and the surrounding waterways. Island Estates is known as a high-end Intracoastal Waterway community and a part of Hammock Dunes. Four of the five single-family Flagler County 2011 MLS home sales with price tags exceeding $1,000,000 were in Island Estates. What’s less known is that the land on which Island Estates is developed was once part of the mainland.

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  1. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Presidential Yacht Sequoia and Island Estates

    Hi, George,

    I’m forwarding your inquiry regarding the Herbert Hoover and the Sequoia to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime archaeologists to see if they have additional information to share.

    Best regards,



    Leslie White
    Heritage Area Coordinator

    First Light Maritime Society and the Nation’s Oldest Port Heritage Areasm Alliance

    First Light Maritime Society is the support organization for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc., a Smithsonian affiliate and the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc., our research arm.

    Together we are the Premier Maritime Museum along Florida’s Historic Coast!

    81 Lighthouse Avenue
    St. Augustine, Florida 32080
    765-274-6499 ph

    Ask me about the Nation’s Oldest Port Heritage Areasm and other programs:



  2. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Presidential Yacht Sequoia

    In our efforts to help enhance Palm Coast, Inc. and hopefully give more exposure / Tourism we started pursuing this. It is on our massive Bucket List.
    This is what we have accomplished to date should anyone want to pursue this further and help.
    We forwarded this to Scenic A1A and Leslie White of the National Heritage area.
    Most recent update:

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Matthew Schaefer

    Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 3:42 PM
    Subject: Hoover, the Sequoia and Florida Inland Waterway

    Dear Mr. Chuddy,
    I write in reply to your query regarding President Hoover, the Sequoia and the Florida Inland Waterway. I’m afraid that we do not have any sources that document President’s Hoover’s statement ‘Someone ought to straighten out this damn curve.’

    Hoover used fishing as a way to get away from the stresses of his job, so our documentation of his Florida fishing trips is pretty thin. We do not have the log book of the Sequoia. Hoover did not keep a diary. Neither his autobiography nor his book on fishing mention this story. From Hoover’s daily calendar, we do know that he was fishing in Florida: January 21-February 1, 1929; February 10-16, 1930; and December 28, 1932-January 2, 1933. The first trip is described only as ‘fishing’ in the calendars. The entries for the latter two trips offer only a bit more detail: ‘fishing off Long Key’ ‘caught sailfish’ etc.]

    The most thorough book on Hoover and fishing is Hal Eliot Wert’s Hoover The Fishing President [Stackpole Press, 2005]. Working from local newspaper clippings, oral histories, and in local libraries and archives, Wert was able to document just about every boat Hoover fished from [and nearly every fish he caught]. Hoover’s 1929 Florida trip took him to Belle Isle and Long Key, where he fished from the Amitie and the Saunterer. His 1930 trip to Florida returned him to Long Key, where he fished from the Kilkenny, the Saunterer, the Dixie, and the Goofus Boy. Hoover did fish from the Sequoia [and the Kilkenny] on his 1932-1933 trip. Given the time-line of the Corps excavating the new channel, it would seem unlikely that Hoover’s trip prompted it.

    Wert does mention that the Sequoia ran aground while trying to navigate the East Coast Channel this last week of 1932. This may have prompted some action by the Corps.

    I hope that this is helpful. If you have further questions, I am at your service.


    Matthew T. Schaefer, Archivist
    Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
    210 Parkside Drive
    West Branch, IA 52358
    Wouldn’t it be great if sometime we could have the Presidential Yacht Sequoia come to Flagler – Presidential Dinners Menus’ etc. while here – and/or a Marine Restoration Project since Palm Coast, Inc. is a Water Themed Community.
    At least we have some concrete documentaion to start with – Anyone want to pursue this since we are very busy with ‘This Old Palm Coast House’ with the Needhams -Stay tuned for Aprils ‘The Palm Coaster’ – we hope you like it.
    Update: The Needhams are almost ready to paint in the Levitt / ITT original historic Colors – kinda’ med. yellow with Chocolate Brown trim all against those fantastic double Mahogany front Doors…
    The Needhams hope it will be something all Palm Coaster will be proud of

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