Davis Island was built upon two man-made islands atop two small natural islands formerly known as "Little Grassy Key" and "Big Grassy Key" at the mouth of the Hillsborough River. The islands were built from mud dredged from the bottom of Tampa Bay in the 1920s and expanded.
Finn Caspersen, financier and philanthropist, developed Harbour Island in the 1980s and 90s, The chief executive officer of Beneficial Corp. labored for 15 years to transform Harbour Island from an industrial wasteland inhabited by wild pigs into an upscale residential development near downtown Tampa.
The character of the Channel District, from its beginnings over 75 years ago, was maritime - related; a hardworking, industrial and commercial area, developed to serve the Port of Tampa, and the private shipping interests which gave Tampa its earliest reputation. Until the mid-1970's, when the commercial use of containerized shipping displaced general cargo shipping in Tampa, the District, known over the years as the Estuary, La Draga, and the Ybor Channel area, was home to ships' chandlers, shipping companies, bonded warehouses and thousands of longshoremen loading and unloading general cargo ships. http://www.tampagov.net/economic-and-urban-development/programs/community-redevelopment-areas/channel-district/history
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