|History of the Punta Rassa Condominiums |
Punta Rassa is a unique 194 unit high-rise development that fronts on 800
feet of the waters where the Caloosahatchee River merges with the Gulf of
Mexico. The buildings all face the
water and have great views of Sanibel Island and fantastic sunsets.
Punta Rassa is located on five acres of land that has a history dating back
to 1513 when Ponce De Leon first came ashore at Punta Rassa.
Eight years later, the Calusa Indians drove the Spaniards back to Cuba.
location was named “Punta Rasca” (Spanish for “smooth or flat point” and
later corrupted to “Punta Rassa”) by the Spanish Conquistadors in the mid-16th
century, who unloaded cattle in the area.
Punta Rassa was occupied by the Indians until the late 1700’s and later
became a cattle shipping town in the 1800’s.
Florida cattle were loaded on boats docked at Punta Rassa and then were
shipped to Cuba.
1835 – 1865 Punta Rassa was a site of many Indian skirmishes during the
Seminole Indian War. The U.S. Army
built a fort on the property which was known as Fort Dulaney, and was later
destroyed in 1841 by a hurricane. The
army built the fort in 1864 so cattle could be shipped to feed the union sailors
stationed at Key West.
1866, the International Ocean and Telegraph Company (later known as Western
Union) took over the fort and port of Punta Rassa, Thereby controlling the
shipping rights, pens, and the dock.
1867 the International Ocean Cable Company established Punta Rassa as the
southern end of the telegraph line, and the sinking of the Maine was telegraphed
from Cuba to Punta Rassa, then to the rest of the country.
the 1880s, the area became known as a great sport fishing area and was
frequented by the wealthy, who came in search of the prized tarpon sport fish.
Soon, however, visitors relocated to Boca Grande, 70 miles north of Punta
Rassa by land after the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railway was completed to
that destination. Although the
distance seems great, these areas are only separated by approximately 25 miles
Punta Rassa owners enjoy its many amenities which include a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis/basketball court, and shuffle board. For those owners who are boaters, adjacent to Punta Rassa sit the Sanibel Harbour Yacht Club, with slips that are owned, and a restaurant/bar that is available for Punta Rassa owners.