Casey Key is located about 15 miles south of Sarasota, a private barrier island on the West Coast of Florida. Stretching south from the southern tip of Siesta Key to the northern tip of Venice, this gorgeous island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Little Sarasota Bay on the east. The Florida Legislature named most of the island a conservation district in the 1970s. The island is a quaint, quiet, private island where you’ll find little traffic and no traffic lights, lots of wildlife and lush tropical landscaping. The island hosts several styles of homes from old Florida style beach cottages to magnificent estates behind scrolled iron gates. Click here to search for homes in this area.
Located on the island is one of the nine remaining swing bridges in the state of Florida out of a total of 83 in the United States. The Casey Key Bridge is used daily by residents and visitors traveling to and from the island. Built in 1925, the 142 foot Casey Key Bridge offers one lane access across the Intracoastal Waterway on Blackburn Point Road providing access to the mainland from this barrier island south of Sarasota. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Place and in 1995 was rehabilitated. This pivot bridge is movable and “has a single support in the center of the chasm that it intends to span.” Boats with masts higher than 8 feet signal the bridgetender to stop the auto traffic and swing the bridge open to allow passage.
You would never guess that the beautiful island of Casey Key, with its beautiful and elegant homes, famous lifestyle, wonderful beaches, and natural landscaping was once part of a wild region in the late 1840’s. U.S. Army Captain John Charles Casey, a graduate of West Point, was sent by the U.S. Government in the mid-1800s to survey the area. Casey was also assigned the task of assisting in the removal of the Seminole Indians from the region during his survey. The Key was called Chaise’s Key on the 1849 map, and John Casey’s name was on the map marking the area where he was surveying. When Casey’s map was published later in 1856, the name was changed to Casey Key. Since that mistake, several attempts have been made to change the name back to Chaise’s Key. During the real estate boom of the 1920s the name was changed to Treasure Island in order to spur land sales. Residents changed the name back to Casey Key each time there was an attempt to change the island’s name. Today the name Casey Key remains.
Private Casey Key beach is a great place to collect seashells, seaglass and shark’s teeth. The North Jetty Park is a popular spot for Casey Key visitors too. There are no traffic lights on Casey Key and no high-rise condominiums. You’ll find a few “mom and pop” motels remain, but basically Casey Key has remained just a small beachfront community with captivating native wildlife and extraordinary scenic views. Stop at the Casey Key Fish House before you leave the island for the freshest catch of the day. You’ll also find a few famous residents on Casey Key! Casey Key is loaded with ‘old Florida charm’, and rich in history, two of the things that cause people to want to come here, and, of course, decide to stay. John Charles Casey would be amazed today to see the elegant beachfront estates, magnificent bayfront homes and the great recreational activities available on Casey Key and has turned out to be one of the most popular barrier islands and certainly one of the most sought after pieces of Florida real estate. Truly a place to be seen and admired.
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