Many people, both from the area and those moving to Tampa FL, might be interested in knowing a little more about New Suburb Beautiful in South Tampa.
Lets start at the beginning:
Tampa means "stick of fire" and is the name given to the area by the Caloosa Indians who roamed Southern Florida before the advent of the white man.
The town of Tampa was created by the establishment of Ft. Brooke in 1824. Even before the fort was built there was a fishing village in what is now the older section of the Hyde Park area. The village, which was called Spanish Town originally, was located on Tampa Bay near where Spanish Town Creek flowed into the bay at the end of Hyde Park Avenue.
Davis Island came much later. Beginning in the early 1890s, Tampa native D.P. Davis began acquiring the semi-submerged lands that would become Davis Islands. His vision was to convert the mudflats and three small islands near the mouth of the Hillsborough into an idyllic island community. He was able to purchase the property for $350,000. The Bayshore Boulevard neighbors, however, sought to squelch Davis' plan by claiming that the city could not legally sell the submerged bottom-lands.
Once Davis had secured the lands and submerged rights that he needed the dredging began. Soon the three separate islands began to take shape, complete with airport, hotel, commercial district, and golf course.
Today Davis Islands is a triving mix of residential, multifamily, commercial, and parks. It is home to about 2,600 people. At the tip of the Island there is Peter O Knight airport, Davis Island Yacht club and two dog Parks. Tampa's main hospital, Tampa General is located at the North tip of the Island, and is always there when you might need it.. Even for those who do not live on the Island, the "downtown" distric is quite a draw, with eight resrtants and three bars. Many with live music on the weekends. The district and the Island it self have the feel of a small town just a bridge away from the center of the city.
The Schools for Davis Islands are Gorrie elementry, Wilson Jr High, and Plant High school.Helpful info on Tampa Schools. Both Gorrie and Wilson are located just over the bridge in Hyde Park.The prices on Davis Islands start in the mid $300,000 and go up to the highest sale in South Tampa right around 5.2 million.
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