There seems to be a few different theories as to how John’s Pass received it’s name. Although the theories differ there seems to be one common thread among these finding, a man name John LeVeque. Some accounts have John sailing the Gulf of Mexico as a pirate collecting treasure. Other accounts say he was simply a land owner living on land offered by the government. No matter which version you believe to be true, what happens next does hold true.
On September 27, 1848, a hurricane passed through the area now known as Madiera Beach and destroyed much of the shoreline. John LeVeque was sailing his ship homeward and looking for a way to pass through to safe harbors. It is believed that he might have been looking for Blind Pass, or Pass-a-Grille, but found a more northerly opening which has never been seen before. It was from then on that the new opening was to be called John’s Pass in honor of John LeVeque.
John’s Pass today has incredible waterfront shops, boardwalk, fine dining, cruise ships, marinas and entertainment of all types. You can always find something to do at John’s Pass. Thousands of visitors, seasonal residents and locals all converge here enjoying the beautiful scenery. John’s Pass is a beautiful waterfront community.
Another reference on John LeVeque -
On September 25, 1848 Two St. Petersburg residents, Joe Silca and John Levach, prior to the storm had headed out to New Orleans to sell their greenback turtles, on their return the weather drove them to shelter along the coast of Florida. Returning to St. Petersburg Beach, Levach found an entirely different shoreline. He managed to find a new and navigable pass some 830-feet wide, his partner deemed it John’s Pass. Nicknamed “French John,” he was the first to sail through the new channel and since that day residents always referred to it as John’s Pass.
Was there really a storm in 1848? There was one in Tampa in 1848
The Great Tampa Hurricane of 1848
Probably the most intense hurricane ever to hit Tampa occurred on Sept. 25th of 1848. An intense hurricane with estimated maximum winds of 101-135 mph moved north-northwest just off the west coast of Florida causing considerable damage at Charlotte Harbor as it passed to the west. As the storm moved northward along Florida’s west coast it appears to have turned to the northeast and then east-northeast making landfall near Clearwater during the early afternoon of Sept. 25, 1848 with an estimated minimum pressure of about 945mb. At landfall it is estimated that the radius of maximum winds were only about 15 miles and the center was moving from SW to NE at about 10 Knots..more on this
Here is just a little information and video on John’s Pass.