History of Lido Keya Neighborhood in Sarasota, FL

Lido Key is one of the three barrier islands that make up Sarasota. The island, originally called “Shell Key” by settlers in 1836 has a long and storied history spanning from Native Americans to modern day residents and developers.

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At its widest point Lido Key stretches seven miles across Sarasota Bay toward Venice with four different neighborhoods: Palm Beach Pointe (the first neighborhood built), Longboat Pass – West, Longboat Pass – East, and Siesta Shores.

The first settlers to the area were farmers who grew citrus, cabbage and potatoes. The island was also home to a naval base for some time during World War II which serviced battleships with oil and other supplies before they went overseas.

Today, Lido Key is an island of luxury homes and condos, restaurants (including the iconic Joe’s on Weedon Island) golf courses, and fitness centers.