Amenities & Character
Venetian Isles is an upscale waterfront community consisting of 518 homes. With deep water canals, the area is great for power or sail boats of any size. It consists of a group of man-made islands located in Tampa Bay and reached by bridges via Overlook Drive, Grand Canal Boulevard and Mermaid Point. The neighborhood contains professionals, executives, business owners, military personnel and retirees. The location is a favorite of those working in both St. Petersburg and Tampa because of the stress free drive to most businesses. Bus service is available to all public schools. There are three private schools within one mile and a nursery/pre-school within a few blocks. Public bus service is also available to all locations in the greater Tampa Bay area.
George R. Davis, a major developer on the Suncoast in the 1950s, was a “spark plug” in the development of Venetian Isles. The neighborhood was billed as the area’s largest and most costly waterfront project in 1958. At one time, Davis directed the operations of eight major developments on the Suncoast. One of the more significant events of the development was obtaining the deed to the submerged waters of Tampa Bay that would become 60% of the Isles.
In 1959, Florida Governor Leroy Collins signed the submerged land rights to Venetian Isles Development Corporation for $34,412.50. Actual development of homes did not start until 1968. This was due to problems of filling the submerged lands, building seawalls and bankruptcy proceedings involving the various developers between 1959 and 1963. In the early 1970s, Sibley Homes took over the remaining lots from the Robert H. Lee Corporation of South Carolina and built on all of the lots. He then transferred the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing the deed restrictions to the newly formed Venetian Isles Homeowners Association., Inc. in 1970.
Organizations & Programs
The Venetian Isles Homeowners Association is active in preserving the quality of life and providing amenities for the residents. This includes a hospitality committee for new residents, beautification committee, dredging and seawall committee to protect the waterways and insure boat navigation, crime watch program, garden club and many more. The association is chartered to enhance and preserve the beauty property values by enforcing deed restrictions while providing a pleasant, social life for the residents. It has a committee to manage and maintain the deed restrictions, publishes a monthly newsletter and a yearly directory of all residents. Dues are currently $30 per year.