Coquina Key. The Friendly Island

Island History

Coquina Key was not always known as such. In the late 1800s, it was known as "Goat Island" although it was a peninsula. Around 1910, the Lewis Family, owners of one of the first general stores downtown, bought the land and unsuccessfully attempted to parcel it for home development.

In 1920, Charles Hall (Lakewood Estates developer) cut a channel from Big Bayou to Little Bayou that transformed the peninsula into an island. At that point, it was called Lewis Island.

In 1955, the Mackle brothers purchased most of the island and started what is today's community.

In 1957, the Mackle brothers sold the land they did not develop to Irving Gree and Associates who decided to change the name. Elkcam Boulevard was named for the Mackle family (Elkcam is Mackle spelled backwards). A contest was held to establish a new name. St. Petersburg officials selected Coquina Key from 10,000 entries.

The Mahaffey family bought property on the southeast end of the island in 1971 and built the first of two apartment complexes. The second was completed in 1979, on the northwest end. In 1973, the City of St. Petersburg acquired the land where the present park rests from the Florida Power Employees Club.

Useful Phone Numbers:

Emergency 911
Non-emergency Police Dept. 893-7780
Police District Service Line 551-3181
Report Code Violations 893-7373
Mayor's Action Center
Code Violations, other issues
893-7111
Reclaimed Water 893-7261
Mosquito Control 464-7503
Refuse Pickup 893-7360
Rodent Control 893-7360
Drug Tip Hotline: anonymous 892-5000
Text a Tip 420-8911
CKNA 821-5526