Courtenay Parkway or State Road 3
Mosquito Lagoon's Road to Boat Ramps
Wednesday August 23, 2017
State Road 3 disects Merritt Island in the middle from north to south and crosses the Haulover Canal which connects the Indian and Mosquito Lagoons.
State Road 3 disects Merritt Island into east and west by running straight upwards from south Merritt Island's Tropical Trail and northward thru the Kennedy Space Center and rejoining US-1 as it approaches the town of Edgewater in Volusia County to the north. To our recollection the only time you see SR-3 or Courtenay Pkwy from the water is on the Barge Canal and Haulover canal as both host draw bridges spanning them.
The history of this road dates back to some of the original settlers on Merritt Island as they it's named after. There's a small town of Courtenay on Merritt Island that held it's own post office until after the turn of the century in 1930. Courtenay was settled in the 1870s and 1880s by people from Charleston, South Carolina, and was named for William Ashmead Courtenay, a native of Charleston, Confederate veteran and Charleston businessman who later served two terms as Mayor of Charleston.
Early in the 1900's none of the original settlements on Merritt Island are acknowledged excepting on maps and vague markers, the small settlement of Courtenay is no longer known to most and Merritt Island encompassed the Island as a whole. With the arrival of the Space Center and the federal government taking over 140,000 acres of land on north Merritt Island, many of the settlement lost their identity as large developement came during the 1960's and 70's.
Both the Haulover and Barge Canal were dredged and dug over time and history will be covered up as a time-gone past unless you take the time to boat under State Road 3 or Courtenay Pkwy and ponder on what Florida was like in yesteryear.
All the major boat launches are off of State Road 3 for Mosquito Lagoon including Bairs Cove, Biolab and Beacon 42 for anglers fishing the shallow waters.
Last modified: November 03 2016 10:51:22.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©