Longboat Key was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The area what is now Longboat Key was scouted by Juan de Añasco who was the first known European to explore the key and Hernando De Soto’s scout. He spent about 2 months attempting to find a landing site and he was also most likely the first man to see and explore Sarasota Bay, Boca Ceiga Bay and the Manatee River. According to local legend, he believed the Indians were hostile. When the party reached land on the island, the Indians fled leaving their Longboat in a bayou. Pirate Jean Lafitte was said to have been shipwrecked near or on Longboat Key. For the next 304 years, the key was relatively undisturbed.
That’s the south end of Anna Maria in the background. Those dead trees were once Australian Pines. Isn’t the water beautiful?
When I was a kid I used to water ski where there is now land. And there was next to nothing on the island. Now it’s high rent end to end.