Coquina Key, The Friendly Island
Welcome to the "Coquina Key" section of my website where you can find everything you need to know about Coquina Key, The Friendly Island, and one of St Pete's premiere waterfront neighborhoods.
Coquina Key is where I call home. It is a beautiful waterfront island just 3 miles south of downtown and a short car ride to the Gulf beaches. I take great pride in my home and neighborhood and have had the pleasure of serving as the President of the Coquina Key Neighborhood Association. Since my term as President, I continue to stay involved with the neighborhood association and produce the neighborhood newsletter, Island News.
Learn more about our Friendly Island by checking out one of the recent publications of the newsletter our taking a drive onto our island to experience the beautiful waterfront homes, Coquina Key Park or just get lost driving through our streets named after the fish that swim in the waters surrounding our island.
History of Coquina Key
Coquina Key was not always known as Coquina Key. In the late 1800's it was known as "Goat Island" although it was a peninsula. Around 1910 the Lewis family, owners of one of the first general stores downtown, bought the land and unsuccessfully attempted to parcel it for home development. In 1920 Charles Hall, the developer of nearby Lakewood Estates, cut a channel from Big Bayou to Little Bayou which transformed the peninsula into an island. At that point, it was called Lewis Island. It was not until 1955 when the Mackle brothers purchased most of the island and started what is today's community. Elkam Boulevard was named for the Mackle Brothers. In 1957 the Mackle brothers sold the land they did not develop to Irvin Gree and Associates who then decided to change the name. A contest was held to establish a new name and from 10,000 entries, St. Petersburg officials selected Coquina Key. The Mahaffey family bought property on the southeast end of the island in 1971 and built the first of two apartment complexes that are known as Waterside at Coquina Key. The second was completed in 1979 on the northwest end. In 1973, the City of St Petersburg acquired the land on which the current park rests from the Florida Power Employees Club to be used as a public park. In 2004 developers purchased land from the property owner's association to build Coquina Key Townhomes which are situated adjacent the island clubhouse on Pompano Drive Southeast.
Coquina Key is an island community that is different from the typical neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. Because it is an island, there are two bridges which strongly mark the entrances into the neighborhood. After passing over the bridges, both Elkcam Boulevard and Lewis Boulevard provide wide gateways which lead to the less traveled secondary streets, many of which are named after the fish that swim in our nearby waters. Several landmarks exist on the island. Both Mahaffey properties anchor each end of the island. The property owner's association clubhouse and park also act as landmarks.
With just over 2,000 housing units on the island, Coquina Key is made up of single family homes, condos, townhomes, and duplexes that provide homes to about 4,000 residents. Condos and townhomes are located within the gated communities of Waterside at Coquina Key North, Waterside at Coquina Key South, and the Coquina Key Townhomes. Some single family homes and condo units in Waterside North and South are located on the water and provide seawall access and beautiful views of the waterways.
Coquina Key is located just 2.7 miles from Downtown St. Petersburg, 5 miles from St Pete Beach, and within close proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, and many of the amenities that St. Petersburg has to offer. Additionally, Coquina Key is home to its very own waterfront park, Coquina Key Park. The Coquina Key Park offers a walking path, outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, soccer fields, a playground, a boat ramp, fishing docks, and a dog park. Just along Elkcam residents can find a conveniently located 7-11 store and laundromat. With all that Coquina Key has to offer, it's no wonder that it is known as The Friendly Island and home to many longtime residents.
Adapted from The Coquina Key Neighborhood Plan.
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