A Walk Down History Lane at the “Port”

As you drive along scenic U.S. 41, enjoying the solitude and nature of the area, many are surprised to come across our community at Port of the Islands. It’s no wonder…thousands of acres of federal and state preserve lands surround us on all sides! Port of the Islands has direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and the 10,000 Islands via the Faka Union Canal, a 7-mile canal originally dug by Gulf American that leads into the Faka Union Bay. Map it!

Port of the Islands was started many years ago in the 60’s as Remuda Ranch, a resort primariy used by Gulf American Corp., a real estate developer, to promote Golden Gate Estates. There was an airstrip (now Sunset Cay) that brought in prospective buyers, investors, and visitors. They were “wined and dined” at Ramuda Ranch, a sportsmen’s paradise.

After Gulf American went under, Bill Ray, a developer acquired the property in 1980. He obtained a $7M dollar bond for the completion of the infrastructure, which matured in 2010. Mr. Ray died in 1991 after successfully completing the first condominium building now known as Sunrise Cay, and the first home lots were sold and built upon.

In 1994, his family auctioned off the remaining property to private individuals and developers. Since that time, the completion of dozens of new homes in Eveningstar Cay, Sunrise Cay, Sunset Cay, Stella Maris Villas, Villages at Stella Maris and Orchid Cove have been built.

Included in the infrastructure is a state-of-the-art water and sewer treatment plant and a new fire station. The undeveloped South Golden Gate Estates land is undergoing restoration, and the state is taking title to as much of this land as possible, which means more of the Everglades will be restored to its natural beauty and resources. Work is progressing on an Oxbow for manatees that will give them an area of warmer water during the cooler months.

Just six miles west to the US 41 and SR92/San Marco Road intersection, and 15 minutes to US 41 and Collier Blvd/951 intersection shopping, Port of the Islands offers waterfront single family luxury homes, single family villas, condos, hotel condos, and lots, many offered by Port of the Islands Realty. The community has a variety of amenities including Everglades Adventure Resort Hotel, and Angler’s Cove Restaurant & Bar. The Ship Store and marina slips and boat ramp are part of Collier County Parks and Recreation. North of US 41 are two gun clubs: A pistol and rifle range called Louland Gun Range and Gulf Coast Clays, a range for shooting skeet and sporting clays.

A pet-friendly fishing community with walking/biking paths and swimming pools is known as “The Port,” a friendly and safe community.