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About Pelican Island

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About Our Island...

Pelican Island is a gated, deed restricted community of 87 homes in Tampa, Florida. It is a peninsular shaped neighborhood protruding into Old Tampa Bay with a single entrance which is located on the northeast corner of the community and a cul-de-sac on the west end. It was developed by prominent Tampa developer Julian Lifsey in 1979. There are 55 waterfront homes and 32 interior homes. The northwest and west sides face the Pam Callahan Nature Preserve, a 150 acre nature preserve surrounded by natural mangroves. Boats have direct access to Tampa Bay, which is just west from the tip of Pelican Island. The wide variety of construction styles in Pelican Island make it very unique and attractive in appearance. Home values range from approximately $500,000 - $2,000,000. It has an active home owner's association and properties are well maintained.

Satellite Image of Pelican Island

Satellite view of Pelican Island (Around 2003 / 2004)

Location, Location, Location...

Pelican Island's location makes it an ideal spot to reside. It is approximately five minutes from Tampa International Airport and is only a short distance from several of the most beautiful white beaches in the Gulf of Mexico: St. Petersburg / Clearwater, Fort DeSoto, and Anna Maria Island. In addition to having Rocky Point Golf Course across the street, one of Hillsborough County's 18 hole public golf courses, the community is located just half a mile away from Skyway Park, which contains 4 baseball / softball fields, 2 football / soccer fields, tennis courts, a children's playground, and a picnic area. The park sometimes showcases national and even international sports teams, such as a scrimmage site for teams in NFL Europe. There's plenty of world class attractions in our area. The Florida Aquarium, a 200,000 square foot facility with over 10,000 aquatic plants and marine life, is located downtown near the Channelside district and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Lowry Park Zoo, recognized as the "number-one family-friendly zoo" in the nation, is just 15 minutes away. With 56 acres, the zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are just a half hour away. Nearby, you'll find the University of South Florida. USF is among the top ten largest universities in the United States and is recognized "as one of the nation's top metropolitan research universites," with about 45,000 students and a main campus spread out over more than 1,700 acres. Across the street from the university, you'll find the Museum of Science & Industry, a 300,000 square foot facility that makes it the largest science center in the south. It's home to Florida's only IMAX Dome Theatre. The museum features both permanent and traveling exhibitions. There's also world class sports teams in our area, such as the Tampa Bay Buccanneers (NFL), the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), and the Tampa Bay Storm (Arena Football), all world champions. Between 45 and 90 minutes away, you'll find attractions such as Fantasy of Flight, Legoland Florida, Bok Tower Gardens, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World Orlando.

Dolphin Jumping

A dolphin jumping in the canal next to Pelican Island

Pelican Island is a well hidden little secret, nestled in a cozy location that combines waterfront living with an array of choices for shopping, such as WestShore Plaza and International Plaza, both just 4 miles away, cultural entertainment throughout the region, and a wide variety of events, such as the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and MacDill AirFest.

Front Entrance

Front entrance of Pelican Island

Pam Callahan Nature Preserve

View of Pam Callahan Nature Preserve from west end of Pelican Island

Sand Key

Sand Key near Clearwater

Fort DeSoto

Sunset at Fort DeSoto

Rocky Point Golf Course

Satellite view of Rocky Point Golf Course

Florida Aquarium

Stingray sculpture at the front entrance to Florida Aquarium

St. Pete Times Forum

Tampa Bay Times Forum at sunset


Channelside district

Port of Tampa

Cruise ship docked at the Port of Tampa at Channelside

Lowry Park Zoo

Manatees at Lowry Park Zoo

Busch Gardens

Meerkat at Busch Gardens


Butterfly at MOSI's BioWorks Butterfly Garden

Disney World

Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Disney World

MacDill AirFest

MacDill AirFest


The pirate ship Jose Gaspar sails into Tampa for Gasparilla

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center

University of Tampa

University of Tampa and the Plant Museum

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