Bill and I caught the sunset from Davis Islands and got a show as two gentlemen glided gently through the water on a free and easy breeze.
Davis Island sunsets are typically good, the island, which is an archipelago, is a neighborhood covering two small islands and one of my favorite spots to shoot.
The islands are artificial, sitting on top of Little Grassy Key and Big Grassy Key. In the 1920’s Tampa native D.P. Davis sought to buy three Keys at the mouth of the Hillsborough River from the City.
Having had tremendous success in Miami as a developer, to the chagrin of the Bayshore elite, Davis planned a resort community with hotels, golf courses, an airport and swimming pool. Lawsuits were filed to stop him, the Florida Supreme court became involved but Mr. Davis prevailed. He bought the three Keys for $350,000 and began a dredging operation to expand them. One canal was filled to make way for the airport and three islands became two. Mr. Davis sold 306 lots in record time for more than 1.6 million dollars to buyers clamoring in long lines to get their piece of the archipelago when he finished the project and opened his sales office. As the boom wound down Mr. Davis mysteriously was lost at sea during a trans-Atlantic crossing. Did he jump? Was he pushed? To this day all we know is he disappeared.
A few of the grand old Mediterranean homes stand today including the old Islands Club once owned by my friend Guido.
The golf course is gone as is the skating coliseum, yet when you cross the on-ramp and pass Tampa General Hospital you feel as you stepped back in time.
Not much changes on the island, today it is a mixture of residential homes, a retail/restaurant area on East Davis Boulevard and a few palaces built by the newly rich and famous. Derek Jeter lives on the island, I joke that folks on the International Space Station can see his home from outer space, it is that big!
The Island is home to Bayshore Little League, Peter O. Knight Airport, the Davis Island Yacht Club, The Davis Island Garden Club, Junior League Tampa, Marjorie Park Marina and Park, Seaplane Basin, Dog Park and the 100 year old Roy Jenkins Pool.
If you drive the island you will see East Davis and West Davis Boulevards. The streets, named for bodies of water or islands, are arranged alphabetically, but that won’t help you if you get lost! If you do not know the ins-and-outs of the islands stick to the main roads; twisty, turvy, curvy, and crazy does not even come close to describing the pathways and connections these streets make!
Small yet mighty pretty, Davis Islands is a place you do not want to miss when visiting Tampa!
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With a smile, Carlyn 🙂