Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is a Florida State Park located in Dania Beach, Florida off Florida State Road A1A. At the North end of the park is the Port Everglades and all the big ships can be seen entering and leaving the port. I was there for four hours and the beach was totally deserted the whole time. Fabulous State Park & Beach. Parked at the Pelican Pavilion. Plenty of parking and bathrooms all throughout the park. Entry fee of $6.00 a car.
Dr. Von Mizell was the first black surgeon in Broward County and partnered with Dr. James Sistrunk in establishing Provident Hospital, the first hospital to serve the black community in Broward County. Mizell and Eula Johnson pressured Broward County for years to have at least one beach for African Americans, then led wade-ins in Fort Lauderdale in 1961 that led to desegregation of the county’s beaches the following year. Mizell also started the first NAACP chapter in South Florida.
They first pressured Broward County (for years) to have at least one beach for African Americans, then led wade-ins in Ft. Lauderdale in 1961 that led to desegregation of the county's beaches the following year. The park's former namesake, John U. Lloyd, served as Broward County Attorney for over 30 years and was instrumental in obtaining the land for the park.
The Historical Marker was there.
Activities at the park include fishing, surf casting, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as swimming, boating, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a beach, two boat ramps, an education center, picnic tables, grills, and seven covered picnic pavilions. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks, pavilions, and volleyball nets and balls.
The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round. In addition the park includes Whiskey Creek, an inlet which serves as a manatee sanctuary. Within the park is the Dania Beach Erojacks, a popular reef frequented by scuba divers. On July 1, 2016, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park was renamed the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in honor of civil rights efforts undertaken by Mizell and Johnson during segregation.
One of the highlights of this particular park is that you can see every ship entering and exiting from Port Everglades. Another perfect day.
Found this cool car while shelling!!