Know About The History of Casey Key And People Who Live In It


Case Key, Florida is a beautiful island that is known to have a famous lifestyle, wonderful beaches, natural landscapes, and beautiful and elegant homes. No one would imagine that it would change to this since it was a wild region in the 1840’s and the history is very intriguing hence one wouldn’t think anything good would ever come out of it.


It is seen as an incredible paradise with magnificent waterfront estates old beach cottages of which many have been razed to pave way for new single family homes enclosed behind enormous walls with beautifully designed wrought iron gates. Casey Key, Florida is one of the most popular barrier islands and one of the most sought after pieces of the Florida real estate.


In the mid-1800s, the US government sent a graduate of West Poet, John Charles Casey to survey the area and he was also assigned the task of assisting in the removal of the Seminole Indian from the area of the sea theme.


On the 1849 map, the Key was called the Chaise’s Key and the name John Casey was also there marking the areas where he was surveying but when Casey’s camp was published in 1856, the name had already changed to Casey’s Key. It was a mistake and several attempts have been made to have the name changed to Chaise’s Key, so in 1920’s during the real estate boom, the name changed to Treasure Island so as to spur land sales. However, each time there was an attempt to change the name; the residents changed it back to Casey Key so till today the name remains.


John Case built a spirit of trust with the Seminole Indians and the influential chief the Florida Seminole, Billy Bowlegs while he was aiding in the removal hence there was a fragile peace between them until Casey’s health started failing. In 1855 the Seminole war erupted and in 1858, Bowlegs was deported to the western part the United States. Once the civil war was over, people began settling on the land around Casey Key and it was common to see people sailing on the bays in the shallow waters. The real estate boom in the 1920s made channels open, altered and dredged and the shores filled. The Treasure Island bridge was built in 1923 at the north end of the island and this is one of the few one lane rotating swing bridges that are still in use today although of obsolete functional.


Casey key stretches between the island of Venice and Siesta Key for approximately eight miles running parallel to the South Sarasota communities i.e. Nokomis and Osprey. It has two public beaches at the south end, i.e. Nokomis and North Jetty Park and both are popular spots for visitors who come to Casey Key for the captivating native wildlife ad extraordinary scenic views and old Florida charm and rich history. Nokomis is the largest and uncrowded and it is made up of seashells and sand and sheltered by tropical shrubs and palm trees. There are picnic sites, bars, boardwalks and a boat launching ramp and there is a free parking nearby. If you are lucky enough, you could see the towns drum circle who meet to play at the beach a couple of evenings each week. The north jetty park beach has fine white sand and it is one of the best spots for surfing in the whole of Florida’s west coast. These beaches are open daily and during peak hours, there are lifeguards on duty.


There is a Private Casey Key beach that is a great place to collect shark’ teeth, sea glass and seashells. In the south and north ends of Casey Key, there are two bridges that connect Casey Key to the mainland and you can get an opportunity to photograph and cross a piece of Route 789 history in south Sarasota County. From the bridge, as you head north to the Casey road, you can catch a glimpse of massive homes that have been burrowed in wooded natural beauty with a sandy strip of shoreline. Southwards from Blackburn point, there are monolithic dwellings with private beaches and cabins on the gulf running four miles and there are large boats with docks on the intra-coastal waterway. This is where you would find the rich and famous relaxing and a property within the Gulf to Bay was being purchased for $20,000 in the 1950s and today the cost of real estate in Casey key has gone up to millions with a small estate selling about $25 million.


The rich and famous people who own homes in Casey Key include:

Horror fiction novelist Stephen King has a winter home, which is one of the priciest homes on the island that was outsourced in April 2001. The house which has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a swimming pool and sits on 6,817 square feet is currently valued at $25million.

Film director Victor Nunez has a home here and he filmed the movie adaptation of John D MacDonald’s novel “flash of green” in 1984, here in Casey because he thought it resembled a 1950’s era small Floridian community.


Philanthropists, engineers and world travelers Fritz and Ping Faulhaber bought a gulf to bay property in 1998 for $2.06 million, a Spanish style home 20017and they have a 1.2-acre pagoda garden which contains a rose garden, Chinese pavilions, and edible garden.

TV and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell bought a 4,647 square foot house for $5 million and it is a four bedroom, seven bath house with French oak flooring, built-in water coolers dishwashers, custom cabinetry, a coffee station, outdoor bar, boat slip, bar, and pool.

On the southern bridge, there are other property rentals and B & BS with private beaches that are offered for rent. Casey key is a small beachfront community with no high rise condominiums or traffic lights, but you will get a few moms and pops motel remains