The narrow, 8-mile long island of Casey Key is one of Sarasota County’s hidden gems, an isolated and exclusive enclave just off the sleepy mainland town of Nokomis. There are only around 400 residents, no massive hotels and little else besides a single road and two public beaches.
Casey Key was called Chaises Key until 1856. A Captain in the US army named John Charles Casey that came to the gulf coast of Florida helped map the area and was assigned to the job of moving the Seminole Indians that were left in the area. During Casey’s years in the area, he assisted in the original coast survey for the U.S. government. This resulted in his name first appearing on the map, attached to the inlet just south of the island, now known as the Venice inlet. It was then Casey’s Pass. In 1856, the map of Florida was revised, changing Chaise’s Key to Casey Key. During the 1920′s, rumors began on the island that there was treasure in the north end because a real estate developer came along trying to change the name to Treasure Island. The name did not stick and residents reverted back to the original Casey Key, which still remained.
Casey Key’s small expanse of land is home to some of the most spectacular homes in Sarasota, several owned by bona fide celebrities — like author Stephen King — who call the island home for part of the year.
There are two bridges providing access to the key, including a one lane “pivot” bridge or “swingbridge” dating back to the 1920′s and a drawbridge.
Whether you bike or drive the winding street (only one) of Casey Key, you’ll discover a mix of “old Florida” among the newly budding exclusive waterfront mansions. At the southern tip the public has access to a public beach at the Venice Jetty where fishermen cast their lines from the rocks. At the north bridge you’ll want to stop at the famed Casey Key Fish House where fresh fish and a cold beer are a must.
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