About Us

Island House Apartment Motel

Island House is located on beautiful Casey Key, a 7 mile barrier island nestled between Sarasota and Venice. Here you can enjoy a quiet, unspoiled tropical paradise, with its white sandy beaches. Spend your days lounging in the sun, strolling the beach for shells and sharks’ teeth, or visiting the many shops, galleries, and attractions that Venice and Sarasota have to offer. The end of the day brings picture perfect sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. You can walk to several waterfront restaurants with a great selection of local seafood.  Golf, shopping,  bike paths, grocery and produce markets, and many other restaurants are only a short distance away.

Doc In Front Of Sign

Our History

In 1960, a year after the Island House was built, Fred Kroner "Doc" closed his dentist practice for a couple of weeks at the urging of his friends to take a vacation in Florida.  When he returned to Illinois, he told his friends and family, "I bought a motel".  For over a decade after that, he hung a sign on his dental office door, "Gone to where the wild geese go" and traded  midwest winters for the warm tranquil shores of Casey Key on the Gulf of Mexico.  Doc's daughter Carol and her husband Don Turner continued to oversee the Island House over the years with the help of wonderful resident managers.  Still a family owned business with the mission of providing guests with an escape to a simple pristine  island getaway, the Turner family is blessed to welcome back guests year after year.  Many of our guests have returned for decades and enjoy multigenerational gatherings at their beach home - the Island House.

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Our Staff



Earl joined the Island House crew in 2012.  His background includes owning a local landscape business and time spent in retail. Originally from Ohio, he loves to share his knowledge of the unique Florida flora and wildlife in our area.  You may see Earl out early on the beach in the morning, as he volunteers on turtle patrol for Mote Marine.  Casey Key has one of the highest density of loggerhead sea turtle nestings on Florida’s west coast. 

Jeni ,


Part of the family that has owned the Island House since 1960, Jeni has been coming to the Island House since she was two years old, and moved from Illinois by way of Colorado permanently in 1985. A sports enthusiast and yoga instructor, she is happy to help guests get out and enjoy all our area has to offer including great beaches, waterways, biking paths, golf, restaurants and more. A cherished tradition, passed down from her grandfather and parents, is to gather with guests to watch the spectacular sunsets on the beach at the Island House.  

Things To Do

Venice Nokomis Jetty

The Venice Nokomis Jetty is the walkway on each side of the Intracoastal Waterway channel that separates Venice Island from South Casey Key. Its a mile walk on the beach from the Island House.  A fun place to fish.

Nokomis Drum Circle

 Every Wednesday & Saturday, shortly before sunset, drum bearing revelers gather on Nokomis beach to pound a rhythmic beat to the final rays of the sun.

Caspersen Beach

Beachgoers can find shark teeth on Caspersen Beach as well as on Casey Key.

Myakka River State Park

The Myakka River flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. There are opportunities for hiking, bike riding, boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.  Scenic lake tours are offered daily on large airboats. Safari tram tours are offered from mid-December through May. Located 9 miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72.

Local Farmer's Markets

Our area has great farmer's market with bountiful locally grown produce. Stroll the booths, enjoying the tastes and talents of our local vendors. Both downtown Venice and Sarasota have markets on Saturday and from October to May a market is held on Wednesday on the grounds of Phillippi Estates Mansion on US 41 in South Sarasota.

The Ringling

The Ringling features a museum of art, circus museum and the 56 room mansion, Ca'D'Zan, of John and Mable Ringling.  Located on US 41 in North Sarasota on the bay, the grounds and the exhibits are stunning.