What is now known as Tierra Verde was originally a group of mangrove and pine covered islands which ranged in size from only a few acres to the largest, Cabbage Key, encompassing 189 acres. For centuries, the keys were only used by local Indians as ceremonial and burial grounds. However, development of the area began during the Spanish-American War of 1898 when Fort De Soto was built on Mullet Key at the southern end of the chain of islands. Remains of the Fort still stand in what is now known as Fort De Soto Park, as well as additional fortifications on Egmont Key.
Modern development of the islands began in the early 1960s with the founding of the community association and the construction of a bridge which allowed for easier resident and visitor access. Property sales greatly increased after the construction of the Pinellas Bayway in 1984.
Today, Tierra Verde consists of 667 acres of beautiful green islands with waterways which were engineered so the Gulf of Mexico's tides help keep them clean. There are now approximately 2,000 single-family and multi-family structures on Tierra Verde and a many businesses that are supported by its residents.
Residents can fish the local waters or enter the Gulf of Mexico in minutes by boat. World famous Fort De Soto Park offers visitors exploration of its old fort or beautiful beaches to sun and play on. There are picnic areas with grills and towering oaks and a boat launch that lead to the Gulf and Egmont Key, Tampa’s Harbor Mater Station.
Tierra Verde is an island oasis tucked away in a pristine and prime location, allowing residents a short drive to downtown St. Petersburg or an easy 25 minute drive to Tampa International Airport.