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A Day In Oceanus


An excerpt from the News and Star, July 21, 1916, Cocoa Florida:


‘One fine day last week Mr. and Mrs. Joe Field and children, Mrs. Eliza Field, Mrs. John Reed, daughter Mary and sone Charles, Mrs. A.A. Buck and son Ashley and Miss Carine Grant, of Indianola, went by light and motorboat around the island and landed at Oceanus Beach (note: Oceanus became Cocoa Beach in 1925) with a full camping outfit and Mr. Field’s automobile (the very first on Oceanus/Cocoa Beach!).


Joe and Louise Field (right, top) and friends. Oceanus. April 17,1913. Photo courtesy of Field Manor Foundation.


The whole party found quarters in the Dixon Bluff cottage, recently repaired by Mr. M Ramsey, for the convenience of the public. Mr. Field and the rest of the party, known for their hospitality, were surprised by friends from Merritt Island Sunday. Some twenty went in John Miot’s motorboat via the short route through Georgiana, from the Georgiana store dock on Banana River, in Capt. Carter’s ferry boat to Oceanus.


Joe and Louise Field (center) and friends. Oceanus. April 17,1913. Photo courtesy of Field Manor Foundation.


On arrival the whole party took a cool dip in the ocean. Then Mr. Field made five trips with his auto, going 12 miles north on the beach and six miles south. The entire distance is smoother than an asphalt road. Old Father Neptune has provided an ocean driveway for the use of the people of Cocoa and Merritt as fine as any automobile driveway in the south.’

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