Blue Mountain Beach: A local's haven


An expansive and empty Blue Mountain Beach near Redfish Lake circa 1965.

Special to The Sun
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM.

Lore has it that 30A's Blue Mountain Beach community was so named for its abundance of flowering blue lupines. Some say it was the pirates of old who used to frequent our shores that named the beach.

Blanketed with the native blue lupine flowers and some of the highest dunes on the Gulf Coast , Blue Mountain is a naturally laid-back beach neighborhood.

Susan Lucas's parents moved to Blue Mountain in 1965 when her dad retired. They had been coming here since 1950 and bought two lots in 1955.

"Both of my parents had grown up on the coast and wanted to live on water," said Lucas. "So, when my dad retired, they took a map of the United States and a ruler to find the closest beach to Louisville , where they lived. That was here."

At that time, there was nothing here but a scattering of little concrete-block houses.

They built a small house on the beach in Blue Mountain with a tiny kitchen, but big screened porch.

In 1965 it was not easy to get a phone man to come out to hook up service, and shopping had to be done in Pensacola .

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