Burney McIver Henderson (1905-1989) was a businessman who acquired vast land holdings in the Destin area in the 1930s. Many of these beachfront parcels have since been developed. One large tract remained in its natural state and became known as Henderson Beach. On February 2, 1983, Henderson signed over the 208-acre area to the State of Florida for $13.1 million, to be preserved as the Henderson Beach State Park.
- "State creates newest park on Okaloosa County tract." The Ledger, February 6, 1983.