Spanish rule in the area ended when the U.
Jack Holmes had cleared 30 acres of jungle on his 350 acres in Holmes Beach for the airport in 1947.
The Tocobagans were one of four tribes using the island as a base for fishing, foraging, and hunting turtles, according to Bill Burger, local historian and anthropologist.
The mullet were jumping, and the sea was thick with redfish, trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano.
However, ships no longer bring vacationers to the island but a 1923 advertisement for boat trips has a message that could still hold true.
The Roser Memorial Church still stands on Pine Avenue.