The history of Apollo Beach started in 1923 on land owned by the Dickman family - then used annually for farming and grazing pasture. In the 1930s, Paul Dickman conceived the idea of a waterfront community. He felt the location was perfectly located between the popular cities of Tampa and Bradenton along U.S. 41.
Today Apollo Beach is a thriving waterfront community with year-round boating, fishing, and other water activities. The estimated 55 miles of canals lead to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico via underpass of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
South Tampa also features Bayshore Boulevard - claimed to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and 10 feet (3.0 m) wide. It is an extremely popular destination for recreation and exercise. MacDill Air Force Base is within this part of Tampa. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in nearby Raymond James Stadium, off North Dale Mabry Highway.
Davis Islands is a premier waterfront community in South Tampa - located within close proximity to downtown Tampa and surrounded by South Tampa, Harbour Island and many Bay area attractions. It is also home to the Davis Island Yacht Club and Marjorie Park Municipal Yacht Basin. Owing to its tropical location, nearly all streets on the island are named after bodies of water or islands.
The Davis Islands Trail linear park was completed in 2010, with amenities such as benches and water fountains. In 2014, the Roy Jenkins Pool reopened after a $2.5 million renovation. This 85-year-old building features 2 pools, one with 5 swim lanes extending 75 feet. Other sports facilities include the Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex and an array of softball fields at Davis Islands Park.