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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 (about; PDF file originally from Hillsborough County), 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 homeowners 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 De Soto, 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 the Skyway Sports Complex, which contains 4 baseball / softball fields, 2 football / soccer fields, tennis courts, a children's playground and a picnic area. The park has sometimes showcased 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 thousands of aquatic plants and marine life, is located downtown near Sparkman Wharf, The Tampa Riverwalk and Amalie Arena. ZooTampa at Lowry Park (formerly Lowry Park Zoo), at times 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 1,300 animals. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 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 universities," 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 museum that will eventually be relocated downtown. There's also world class sports teams in our area, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) and across the bay the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB). The New York Yankees (MLB) have spring training at Steinbrenner Field, which sits across the street from Raymond James Stadium, where the Buccaneers play, and is about 6 miles from Pelican Island. Between 45 and 90 minutes away, you'll find attractions such as Fantasy of Flight, Legoland Florida Resort, 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 and Bay Street, both just 4 miles away, cultural entertainment throughout the region and a wide variety of events, such as the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and MacDill Air Fest.

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 De Soto

Sunset at Fort De Soto

Rocky Point Golf Course

Satellite view of Rocky Point Golf Course

Florida Aquarium

Stingray sculpture at the front entrance to Florida Aquarium

Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena at sunset

Port of Tampa

Cruise ship docked at the Port of Tampa

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Manatees at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Meerkat at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Butterfly at MOSI's BioWorks Butterfly Garden

Big Cat Rescue

Lion at Big Cat Rescue

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair at night

Disney World

Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Disney World

MacDill Air Fest

MacDill Air Fest


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 Henry B. Plant Museum

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