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.  Now with a third generation of family management caring on the mission of providing guests with an escape to a simple pristine island getaway, the 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.

In The News

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Our Staff



Bill joined Island House in 2020.  Bill's background is in hospitality and bookkeeping. He loves the Florida lifestyle and meeting and greeting our guests. 



Eric joined Island House in 2022.  Eric is from Minnesota where he was employeed in various Public Safety roles for over 28 years.  He also served as an elected City Council member.  He and his family made the move to Florida in December 2021 and are enjoying all the warm sunny weather!


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, 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.  

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