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Dragon Point, Merritt Island

Dragon Point Merritt Island

Where the Banana Meets the Indian River

Thursday July 27, 2017

The remains of the concrete dragon that sculpture Lewis VanDercar created in 1971 are barely recognizable as they lay in a heap on the coquina rock peninsula jutting out between the Indian and Banana River Lagoons on the on the southern most tip of Merritt Island.  Nicknamed Annie after the first landowner's wife, the concrete dragon has guarded the the areas of Merritt Island near the Eau Gallie Causeway for over thirty years prior to being overcome by hurricanes Frances, Jeannine and Charley in 2005.

Legend has it that the dragon was the protector of the peaceful Indian tribes and provided a symbol of protection from enemies if it was seen rising out of the mist between the two bodies of water.

According to local sources, the property is held in an estate and the estate is in limbo at this time. Seems as if Brevard County, local authorities and the owner are in disagreement over rebuilding the structure and homestead on the narrow point.

Warren McFadden, who bought Dragon Point in 1981, hired VanDercar to add a long curved tail and four dragon hatchlings - christened Joy, Sunshine, Charity, and Freedom. He also asked VanDercar to construct caveman-type furniture for the inside of the dragon's belly to make a play room for his son.

Dragon Point

On the same piece of property is the remnants of a once beautiful home that was a perfect piece of architecture for the location. Presently it looks like an old haunted house in a story from Tom Sawyer's Island or some adventure spot in a movie set. The homestead was magnificent and very unique and there is nothing quit like it anywhere in Florida.

The economic downturn after a couple of years of hurricane destruction has left many properties and estates in the Brevard County area looking similar and in disrepair. Only time will tell if Merritt Island's south end will be graced with another version of Annie the Dragon or if the saltwater lagoon and mangroves will overwhelm this unique Florida property on east central Florida's coastline.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Harbortown Marina is a great place to fuel up before and after day of boating. It's one of the safest harbors in the Brevard County area for storms and wind and offers wonderful food at their Nautical Spirits Bar & Grill.

On occasion I've slipped into the marina for shelter during a fishing charter and found the food and service to be clean, simple and remarkably tasty.

Captain Richard
Florida Fishing Guide / Lagooner Fishing Guide Service

Merritt Island's southern most peninsula is called Dragon Point and it is where the Banana River and Indian River Lagoons meet.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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