Davis Islands

Davis Island was built on two man-made islands on top of two small natural islands formerly known as Little Grassy Key and Big Grassy Key on the Hillsborough River. The islands were built in the 1920s from mud dredged from the bottom of Tampa Bay. This operation was undertaken by developer and Tampa native D. P. Davis. Davis then purchased all the land for $350,000. He then planned a resort area with three luxurious hotels, a nine-hole golf course, a small airport, and a pool. Davis then sold 306 of the lots for $1,683,582. Davis' development stalled when the Florida land boom of the 1920s slowed, and Davis was then lost at sea while making a transatlantic trip in October of 1926.

Many of the original Mediterranean-style homes are still standing and have received national Historic Designation, in addition to local protections. Notable buildings include the Palace of Florence and Mirasol. Today Davis Island is a conglomeration of residential and retail zones.

Davis Island is also home to the Peter O. Knight Airport and the Davis Island Yacht Club. Also on the islands are the Marjorie Park Municipal Yacht Basin & Marjorie Park at 115 Columbia Dr. and the Seaplane Basin just South of the airport. Marjorie Park was donated to the City of Tampa and named by Davis after his wife, Marjorie Merritt Davis.

With a canal fully separating the island into two parts, Davis Islands is technically an archipelago, hence the plural form "Islands". Originally, Davis Islands consisted of three islands. However, with the construction of the airport, the end of one canal was filled to make space for a runway.

Nearly all streets on the island are named after bodies of water or islands. They are loosely arranged in alphabetical order starting with Adalia Avenue. and ending with Severn Avenue, the street farthest away from the bridge that leads to the main island's southernmost point, on which the Davis Island Yacht Club is situated.


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