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As you approach the first of the Florida Keys, prepare for an incredible sight – Key Largo, the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay from the top of the Jewfish Creek Bridge, soaring 65 feet above the water. Welcome to the island of Key Largo, your first key in paradise where you can kick off your shoes and leave the cares of the world behind. The draw has always been the sea – its beauty and its bounty sounding the siren song. Clear waters beckon you to explore the only living coral reefs in the continental U.S. at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. In 2020 Pennekamp, the first underwater park in the United States, is celebrating their 60th anniversary. Be sure to check out their 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Scuba diving and snorkeling the fragile reef reveals a Technicolor explosion of tropical fish and calming coral “gardens”. Visitors flock to the Christ of the Deep statue, which resides north of the 510-foot U.S.S. Spiegel Grove artificial reef. For fishermen, nothing beats the rewards of a day spent hooking snapper, grouper, and amberjack or landing tarpon or one of the area’s gray ghosts – the elusive bonefish, found on the shallow-water flats. Watersports abound for the adrenaline enthusiast and nature lover alike – rent a Jet Ski or a kayak and chart your own course. Or leave the “driving” to any of our qualified eco-tour operators, who can show you manatees, brilliant roseate spoonbills as they roost and soar overhead, pods of playful wild dolphins and more. For Land-based enchantment, nature trails at Pennekamp Park and Everglades National Park offer a glimpse into South Florida’s unique hammock and marshland ecosystems. When night comes, island living means dining on fresh-caught seafood at a waterfront restaurant and then relaxing to the sounds of waves lapping softly at the shore or enjoying live entertainment at area venues. But don’t worry about a dress code – Key Largo is laid back and casual, even at its most formal. However, if the urge to dress up overcomes you, go for it! Virtually anything goes here! From first-class resorts to luxurious oceanfront estates, to charming beach bungalows and small boutique hotels, you’ll find your own slice of paradise to call home. If island time fits the rhythm of your life, Key Largo is sure to please, whether you choose to fill your days with activities or relax in the glow of our spectacular sunsets.

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This is the official publication of the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. For further information on lodging, attractions, and visitor activities in the Key Largo area, call 305-451-1414 or 1-800-822-1088. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. However, the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce shall not be held liable for any errors or omis- sions. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form whatsoever, including electronic and Internet applications, without written permission from the publisher. Copyright 2020. Snooks Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar 2 The Fish House Restaurant & Seafood Market 29 The Keys Salt Scrub 47 Theater of the Sea 21 Truly Nolen Pest Control 5 Weddings Today 51 Dolphins Plus 31 Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder 24 Everyone Loves a Gentle Dentist 12 Florida Keys Electric Co-op 51 Florida Keys History & Discovery Center 25 History of Diving Museum 40 Island Smoke Shop 12 Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill 23 Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream 29 Key Largo Conch House 47 Key Largo Fisheries 35 Key Largo Princess Center Fold Mariners Hospital 23 Mobil Apps 24 Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen 1 37 Rock Reef Resort 31 Shell World 47 Skybornvisual LLC 40 Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar 24

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The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has been a testament to the dedication of its members since the 1930s, when a group of Upper Keys business owners got together to discuss how to improve their business environment. Incorporated in the 1970s, the Upper Keys Chamber of Commerce became the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce in 1985, capitalizing on the enormous power of name recognition. Key Largo is a renowned destination and a name that experience has proven guarantees an enthusiastic and positive response. Since its inception, the focus of the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce has been the promotion of the economy through support or good business, good government and good citizenship. and Visitors Center works closely with all local organizations and institutions to improve the quality of life for all. We interact with government on the local, state and federal levels on issues of importance The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

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The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is active in all aspects of community life, and through various projects and committees, our members show they share the chamber’s commitment to community and business service. The island of Key Largo, and the Florida Keys as a whole, relies on its major industry – tourism. The chamber promotes the importance of maintaining and enhancing this industry with the knowledge that all businesses in the community benefit from a thriving tourist economy. Every dollar spent by a visitor for accommodations, attractions, dining or shopping filters down to our accountants, attorneys, bankers, contractors, electricians, hairdressers, insurance agents, painters, physicians, veterinarians and on and on. The chamber provides many opportu- nities for community and personal growth through its committees. Members are encouraged to become an integral part of the progress of the chamber and the community through investing time in their special area of interest.

The key to the chamber’s future success lies in membership. Let the chamber know about your business concerns and allow the chamber to demonstrate how it can serve you. The members define the direction of the chamber, and your voice needs to be heard. Join us as we endeavor to bring a healthy, happy successful working environment to the communities in which we live, and a prosperous future to all. The chamber’s website contains a wealth of information about businesses, as well as a number of special reports on everything from highway beauti- fication funding source to workforce studies to managing emergencies and more. The chamber provides all members opportunities to promote your business or service through monthly luncheon meetings and Members in Motion after-hours business socials. Networking Opportunities

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The variety of species living on a coral reef is greater than in any other shallow-water marine ecosystem, making reefs one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet Florida Keys, Home to 6,000 Patch Reefs

income for local economies and leisure to millions, and compounds isolated from organisms living on reefs hold vast medical potential. Did you now the Florida Reef Tract is an arcuate (bowlike) band of living coral reefs paralleling the Keys. The reef tract is located on a narrow shelf that drops off into the Straits of Florida. There are approximately 6,000 patch reefs along the reef tract, with 80 percent of these reefs found between northern Elliott Keys and North Key Largo.

Covering less than one percent of the ocean floor, coral reefs support an estimated 25 percent of all known marine species. And the variety of species living on coral reefs is greater than almost anywhere else in the world. Scientists estimate that more than one million species of plants and animals are associated with coral reef ecosystems. With its extensive reef tract, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects

more than 50 species of coral, including the federally protected Staghorn and Elkhorn corals. The sanctuary is also home to more than 500 species of fish and countless other types of marine life. The biodiversity of reefs and the habitat reefs provide for other species are also the source of other benefits. For example, reef-based fisheries provide food and income, reef-based recreation like diving and snorkeling provide

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Here are tips on how you can help protect our valuable coral reefs: • Support organizations like Coral Restoration Foundation and REEF; they both work to protect coral reefs. In your area find other groups and volunteer to keep the oceans, rivers, lakes or other waters in your area clean. Clean water is important everywhere. All watersheds affect the oceans and eventually, the coral reefs. • Safeguard our coral during diving and snorkeling by wearing sunscreen that does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals may harm the reefs. • Also, don’t touch, stand, or anchor your boat on the reef. • Organize a beach clean-up. • Conserve water – using less water, means less runoff and wastewater that resolve in polluting our oceans. • Use only environmental safe or organic fertilizers. All chemicals and pollutants eventually flow into our oceans. • Learn more about the vital importance of coral reefs. • Get your family, friends and community involved… How to Protect Our Coral Reefs

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All phone numbers are 305 area code unless otherwise stated

Education Coral Shores High School 89901 Old Highway, Tavernier • 853-3222

Monroe County Building, Planning & Zoning 453-8800 Clerk’s Office 853-7456 Code Enforcement 453-8806 Key Largo Library 451-2396 Tax Collector 852-7150 Voter Registration 453-8740 Utilities Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority 853-1996

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Florida Keys Community College 89901 Old Highway, Tavernier • 852-8007

Courts Clerk of the circuit (State) Court 853-7456 Clerk – County Courts 853-7456

Island Christian School 83400 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 664-4933 Key Largo School 104801 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, 453-1255 Montessori Island School 92295 Old State Road, Tavernier 852-3483

County Court Judges 852-7155

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative 852-2431

Monroe County Jail 853-3266

Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District 451-4019

Probation and Parole Office 853-3262

Plantation Key School 100 Lake Road, Tavernier 853-3281

Key’s Sanitary Service (solid waste) 451-2025

Public Defender’s Office 852-3232

South Florida Water Management District (561) 686-8800

Treasure Village Montessori 8673 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada 852-3482 Emergency Services Ambulance, Fire, Police 911

State Attorney’s Office 852-7170 Parks Harry Harris County park, MM, 92.5 852-7161

Mosquito Control: 453-1290

U.S. Post Offices Key Largo 451-3155 Tavernier 853-1052 Hurricane Information National Hurricane Center NOAA: 852-7717

Mariners Hospital 434-3000

Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, CR 905 • 451-4223

Florida Fish andWildlife Conservation Commission 956-2500

Jacobs Aquatic Center, MM 99, 453-7946

Key Largo Recompression Chamber Emergencies 911

Monroe County Rumor Control 800-955-5504

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock, CR 905 • 451-1202

Information 1-800-NO-BENDS

Monroe County Emergency Management 289-6018

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 451-1202

Sheriff’s Office (non-emergency) 853-3211

Safeway Restoration. 741-4335, 13275 S.W. 136th St. #16 Miami. Licenses Driver’s Licenses 853-3562 Fishing Licenses 852-7150 Marriage Licenses 852-7145

Federal Emergency Management Administration 800-621-3362 Law Enforcement Florida Highway Patrol: 800-358-3298 U.S. Coast Guard: 664-4404 U.S. Customs: 664-2955

Everglades National Park 242-7700

Key Largo Community Park (YMCA) 453-3422

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 852-7717


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Key Largo is known for its laid-back lifestyle with a cozy impression of a summer vacation between the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay, all through the year. Get ready to plunge yourself into our slice of Paradise. Key Largo is recognized as the Diving Capital of the World and offers dive and snorkel services to the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, the Spiegel Grove shipwreck, and much more. We have many experienced dive companies to take you on memorable dive trips to the reef. They can also teach you to dive and help get you certified. There are also many other ways to appreciate and partake in water sports here in Key Largo and the fabulous Florida Keys... Snorkeling is a magnificent way to unite with the aquatic underworld. As you float gently on the surface, you may see snappers, parrotfish, starfish, tarpon, and schools of silversides swim among colorful corals and sponges. You don’t have to be a world-class swimmer to enjoy snorkeling in the Keys. The water surrounding the Florida Keys is shallow and normally calm, even on the reef, even rookie snorkelers can quickly and safely get the hang of the sport. Our dive and water sports companies know the best places to go for the most dramatic viewing of marine life in the sparkling clear ocean waters surrounding the reef system. If you would like to venture out on your own, rental shops can point out the best spots for snorkeling from shore, and the Just Add Water Originally written by Donna Dietrich, revised by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

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best views of the most stupendous undersea life at the reef. Paddleboarding is another way to add water to your vacation. Being on a paddleboard is like walking on water. The shallow, calm waters off Key Largo make this an ideal place to take up this easy to learn sport. Our local waters are so clear, you can see right down to the bottom and watch fish swimming by. Just like paddleboarding, Kayaking is another easy, peaceful way to get out on the water. For a simpler, gentler paddle, explore the narrow, winding mangrove trails of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park or those off Garden Cove Park. Watch herons, egrets, and ibis take flight as you round the “S” curves in another twist in the mangrove trails. Being on the open bay waters and having the opportunity to see manatees and playful dolphins splashing around is a wonderful experience. You can even dock at one of our waterfront restaurants for a bite to eat. Next up is swimming. Swimming in warm waters around Key Largo is a year-round delight. Most of the waterfront hotels have small swimming beaches. Also, John Pennekamp and Harry Harris parks have beaches as well. The best thing to do —And

climb into the air, way above the surface of the bay. While soaring overhead, you will be treated to a view of Key Largo, something you will never forget. If you’re looking for other adventures, hire one of our fishing guides, or just drop in a line from the shore. Rent a personal watercraft, a paddleboat, or a sailing catamaran – they are all readily available around town. For details on equipment purchasing or rentals, sunrise or sunset guided tours, scuba or snorkeling lessons, check the “On the Water” section in this issue. Also, we have direct links to all our chamber members at our website: Key Largo offers so many ways to get out on the water and enjoy an extended summer. Come to Key Largo, and just add water! Photo from Florida Bay Outfitters Facebook

a locals’ favorite form of swimming— is jump into the ocean (or bay) from the deck of an anchored boat. But before you do, make sure you have a swim ladder over the side of the boat for easy access back aboard. And always be mindful of currents that could take you away from the boat. If a pool is your idea of a good place to swim, Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo has a lap pool, low and high dive boards, and a kiddie pool with a pirate ship and waterfalls. Many hotels also have their own swimming pools, fresh and saltwater. If you are more of a thrill- seeker, try soaring about the bay attached to a parasail. Once you are strapped into a harness, the motorboat pulls forward, your chute begins to fill, and then you

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Key: MM=Mile Marker, B/S=Bayside, O/S=Oceanside, M=Median. All phone numbers are 305 area code, the city is Key Largo and the state is Florida unless otherwise stated. Area Services Carefree vacationer or Conch-to-be, here’s what you need to know to get around Key Largo. Have you decided to plan your special event in our lush tropical setting? Great! Now all you have to do is leave it to area profes- sionals. We have event and wedding planners to help you book a venue, travel agents and transportation services to get you and your guests there on time, arts and entertainment to make your event lively and memorable, and photographers to capture the magic. Of course, there are services for just about everything in between for those just looking to escape. Key Largo is great for fun in the sun, and just as handy for the basics, too.

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Accounting Anita M. Garmon, Inc. 942-6903

Hometown Coupon Magazine 786-214-8214, P.O. Box 772221, Miami

The UPS Store 453-4877, 101425 Overseas Hwy., Upper KeysWeekly Newspaper 743-0844, 91760 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. Vital Signs 451-5133, 103400 Overseas Hwy, Suite 103. Art And Entertainment Art By Lee 331-0525, P.O. Box 370981. Art Guild of the Purple Isles 853-5938. 825 South Ruby Dr. Dance Journey Performing Arts Studio 916-5528, 105950 Overseas Hwy. Florida Keys Community Concert Band 451-4530, 326 Lance Ln.

Keys Life Magazine 453-6674, 91904 Overseas Hwy, #3, Tavernier. Market Design Connect with Nikki Dunn Cullen Key Largo, FL. NewmanPR 461-3300, 2140 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 203, Miami. Printing Plus Printing Plus. 451-4414, 99353 Overseas Hwy. #6.

Keys Accounting & Tax Service 451-3464, 99411 Overseas Hwy. Suite 4 Pribramsky & Company Certified Public Accountants 735-4325, 81990 Overseas Highway, Suite 202, Islamorada. Tolley & Hill, PLLC 852-9898, 102411 Overseas Hwy. Advertising/Printing/ Public Relations

Promo Digital & Print 606-2060, 306 Jolly Roger Dr. SEE Visitor Magazines 928-5161, 16 N. Marlin Ave..

CMYK Printing Solutions 562-1142, 2472 S.E. 19th Ct., Homestead.

Southeastern 305-885-8707 X 233, 950 S.E. 8th St., Hialeah.

Effectv 786-542-6001, 5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 64, Coral Gables Florida Keys Television/TV 88 587-9830, P.O. Box 510908, Key Colony Beach.

Sunshine Printing 451-3752, 139 Second Ct.


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Wheaton’s Service Center 451-3500, 101500 Overseas Hwy. Boat Sales & Repair Action Marine & Dive, Inc 451-1840, 102125 Overseas Hwy.

Florida Keys Concert Association Inc. 240-1000, P.O. Box 2066, Islamorada.

Law Office of Alexandria Suarez, P.A. 505-1475, 27104 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead. Law Office of Andrew M. Tobin, P.A. 852-3388, P.O. Box 620, Tavernier. Patricia Gessel, PL – Attorney At Law 453-5277, 99530 Overseas Hwy., #2. Automotive All American Towing and Tire, Inc 451-0714. 100850 Overseas Hwy. John R. McKenzie Jobber (McKenzie Petroleum). 852-2881. P.O. Box 640, Tavernier. Fuel delivery service Largo Honda 786-545-1200, 554 N.E. 1st Ave., Florida City. Tints “N”More 233-3600, 104535 Overseas Hwy.

Pendergrass Yacht Sales 699-8186, 82801 Overseas Hwy., #1931, Islamorada. Business Services ADP 562-0512, 10200 Sunset Dr., Miami. Keys Imaging 292-2679, 92300 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce 367-3646, 1 Dockside Lane. Sands of the Keys 852-4378, 86490 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. Theresa Sutter Virtual Assistant Inc. 786-361-5404. P.O. Box 370732.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts. 295-4369, 1100 Simonton St. #2-263, Key West.

HNO Productions, Inc. 383-8245, 101425 Overseas Highway, #166. Key Players P.O. Box 1338, Tavernier.

MJ Wicker Inc. 772-713-7754, 1036 29th St., Vero Beach.

TheWaypoint Foundation 954-299-6134. 12 Rose Pl.. Attorneys Hershoff, Lupino & Yagel LLP 852-8440, 88539 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

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Upper Keys Business & Professional Women 998-8348, P.O. Box 231, Tavernier. WWGGD, LLC dba Profit Is Simple 735-3881, 118 N. Coconut Palm Blvd. Tavernier. Zuma & Sons Distributor Corp. 887-0089, 10800 N.W. 100th St., Suite 1, Miami. Cellular Phone Repair Keys Smartphone Repair 896-1675, 90270 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Civic Organizations Community Foundation of the Florida Keys 292-1502, 300 Southard St. Ste. 201, Key West. Daughters of the American Revolution Florida Keys Chapter (DAR) 731-4107. 158 Rushton Ln. Tavernier American Legion Post 333 451-0307, 2 Seagate Blvd.

Florida Keys Elks Lodge No. 1872 852-1872 . 92600 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. contactus.cfm?lodgenumber=1872 Florida KeysWildlife Society 872-0774, P.O. Box 431840, Big Pine Key. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach 378-6437, 3550 23rd Ave. South #7, Lake Worth. 664-4746. P.O. Box 236, Islamorada. friends-islamorada-area-state-parks-inc-/ Friends of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park & Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical Park Inc 215-2504, MM 102.5 O/S Friends of Islamorada State Parks

Just Older Youth, Inc. 706-982-9615, at Coral Isles Church, 90001 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

Key Largo Civic Club 451-9833, 209 Ocean Bay Dr. Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation 904-463-0513, P.O. Box 2790 Key Largo Downtown Association Inc 451-4885, 99530 Overseas Hwy.

Keys to Peace , P.O. Box 1724, Tavernier. Ocean Reef Community Association 367-3067, 24 Dockside Ln. PMB #505.

Pirates on theWater (Parrot Heads) P.O. Box 378574.

Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center

396-7000, P.O. Box 371688. Garden Club of the Upper Keys, Inc. 94040 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

Rotary Club of Key Largo, P.O. Box 252. Rotary Club of Key Largo Sunset, Inc. P.O. Box 370857

Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys . 453-0050, 98970 Overseas Hwy.

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91390 Overseas Highway • Tavernier, FL 33070 Phone (305) 224-4980 • Cell (305) 766-0643 91 8 VERSEAS HIGHWAY STE#11 • KEY LARGO, FL 33037 NMLS# 378048

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The Go 2 Guy LLC. 964-7244. 118625 S.W. 104th Ct., Miami. The Structure Group, LLC 786-601-9313, 201 S.W. 2nd Ave., #108, Florida City. Upper Keys Marine Construction 853-2644, 97674 Overseas Hwy. Education Carpe Diem Academy Corporation 971-1230 X115, 95360 Overseas Hwy. #4 & 10. Coastal Conservation Association Keys Chapter 522-4868, P.O. Box 1147, Islamorada. Coral Restoration Foundation 453-7030, 5 Seagate Blvd. Coral Shores High School 853-3222, 89901 Old Highway, Tavernier. FIU Aquarius (FIU Medina Aquarius Program) 348-9932, 85932 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada Http:// Florida SBDC at FIU 779-9230, 1101 Brickell Ave., Miami. Key Largo School 453-1255, 104801 Overseas Hwy. Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade/Monroe 296-5557, 1111 12th St., Suite 206, Key West.

CBT Construction & Development 852-3002, 87889 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada Cottrell Welding & Fabrication 522-6932, 101801 Overseas Hwy. Florida Keys Contractors Association 743-9409, P.O. Box 522797, Marathon Shores. Houston Air. 852-2960, 171 Hood Ave., Tavernier. J.A. LaRocco Enterprise Inc. & All Keys Concrete, LLC 453-0368, 101075 Overseas Hwy. Keys Cabinets Inc. 786-256-7025. 99353 Overseas Hwy. #5. Key Deck and Dock Supply 451-8001. 100151 Overseas Hwy. M andWWindows LLC 954-298-7429. 20904 Sheridan St., Ft. Lauderdale. Robert Barnes & Associates Architects 247-6150, 221 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. Southeast Marine Construction 853-5300, 131 Ellis Dr., Unit 1, Tavernier. ST Sparks Construction, Inc 522-4167, 87847 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada.

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation 367-5963, 35 Ocean Reef Dr., #148. The Salvation Army Key Largo 451-2882, 99510 Overseas Hwy. UnitedWay of the Florida Keys 735-1929, P.O. Box 2143, Key West. Upper Keys Post 10211 Veterans of ForeignWars 808-679-7187, 102255 Overseas Hwy. Upper Keys Rotary Club P.O. Box 1514, Tavernier. Upper Keys Sailing Club 451-9972, P.O. Box 373154. Upper Keys Sons & Daughters of Italy 436 4th Rd. Worldwide Christian Scuba Divers Organization (WCSDO) 610-842-8422, 9852 Leeward Ave. Construction Bayview Homes 453-4521, 95175 Overseas Hwy., Suite 2. Upper Keys League of Women Voters

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Emergency Services Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corp 451-2766, 98600 Overseas Hwy.

Marine Resources Development Foundation 451-1139, 51 Shoreland Dr. and Monroe County Education Foundation 293-1546, P.O. Box 2561, Key West. National Marine Sanctuary Foundation 809-4694, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West. Ocean Studies Charter School 852-7700, 92295 Old State Rd., Tavernier.

The College of the Florida Keys 809-3165, 5901 College Rd., Key West. Treasure Village Montessori 852-3482, 86731 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. Electrical/Electronics Dunn Electrical Service, Inc. 360-7576, 107 Garden St., Unit 1, Tavernier.

Safeway Restoration 741-4335, 13275 S.W. 136th St. #16 Miami. Sheriff’s Office 853-3211, 50 High Point Rd., Tavernier.

KCS Technical Solutions 396-6320, 5409 Overseas Hwy., #263, Marathon. ProTech e2 453-0010, 103375 Overseas Hwy. Wire Nuts Electric 451-0939, 98310 Overseas Hwy.

Employment Services Express Employment Professionals 697-9702. 10491 N. Kendall Dr., F202, Miami.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation 852-0030, 98300 Overseas Hwy.


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Florida Keys Mosquito Control 292-7190, 18 Aquamarine Dr., Key West. Gautier Tree & Landscape 735-4668, 160 Florida Ave., Tavernier. Juan Velizaroff Lawn Service, Inc. 451-0482, 836 Norwood Ave. Key Largo Rain or Shine Movers 713-9021, 304 Sound Dr.

Islamorada Investment Management 522-1333, 81888 Overseas Hwy., Suite E, Islamorada. Patricia B. Mull, CPA 394-0530, 91760 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Wells Fargo 451-2300, 100000 Overseas Hwy. Wil Peña Financial Planning Consultant 771-7137, 92300 Overseas Hwy., #301, Tavernier. Funeral Services Allen-Beyer Funeral Home 451-1444, 101640 Overseas Hwy. Household & Business Services Bayside Plumbing & Maintenance 453-5435, P.O. Box 1730.

Labor Finders of Miami Inc 877-717-9339, Engineering Seacoast Engineering and Design 509-7695, 5 Mangrove Ln. SWC 294-1238, Serving Monroe County. W.F. McCain & Associates Inc. 735-8282, 92300 Overseas Hwy., Suite 306, Tavernier. Financial Services Centennial Bank 676-3121 (Key Largo) 100280 Overseas CenterState Bank 451-5733, 100150 Overseas Hwy. Chapman & Cardwell Capital Management 451-0408, 9155 S. Dadeland Blvd., #1008, Miami DeMoss Financial 664-0034, 89015 Overseas Hwy., Suite 3, Tavernier. First State Bank of the Florida Keys 852-2070, 97670 Overseas Hwy. Hwy. 676-3050 (Isla.),

Keys Mower Medic Corp. 896-9691, 105 Laguna Ave.

La Isla Tree Care Company 853-6849, 81001 Overseas Hwy., Ste. 105, Islamorada Maid in Paradise Florida Keys Corp. 504-3939, 138 Long Key Rd.

Maid in the Keys 453-0963, 116 Second Ct.

Nationwide Plumbing Services 853-1848 or 479-3960, 97671 Overseas Hwy. PLP Natural Products LLC. 246-0200. 953 N.W. 3rd Ave. #11, Florida City. Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape 367-2005, 1A Barracuda Ln. Truly Nolen Pest Control 451-9900, 100105 Overseas Hwy.

Beach House Gardens 453-9377, 104475 Overseas Hwy.

Castle Services, Inc. 242-0536, 957 NW 3rd Avenue, Bay #1, Florida City.

Charter Pest Control 451-3389, 300 Atlantic Dr. #10

Compass Self Storage 248-0101, 900 N. Krome Ave., Florida City.

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Legal Services Michelle J. Kane, P.A./Upper Keys Mediation Servicees, LLC. 713-3913, 88101 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada Marinas & Marine Services Eric’s Outboard Key Largo LLC 786-652-0955. 98750 Overseas Hwy.

Community Health of South Florida 743-0383, 91200 Overseas Hwy. Crystal Health and Rehabilitation Center 853-0799, 48 High Point Rd., Tavernier Curaleaf 877-303-0741, 19000 S.W. 192nd Street, Miami. Everyone Loves a Gentle Dentist 451-2616, 102965 Overseas Hwy. Florida Keys Dentists 852-3219, 91750 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Florida Keys Pediatric & Adolescent Center 853-0558, 91550 Overseas Hwy., Suite 209, Tavernier Froggy’s Fitness 852-8623, 91812 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Good Health Clinic 853-1788, 91555 Overseas Hwy., Suite 2, Tavernier. Harmony Healing Center 852-3232, 97840 Overseas Hwy. Hyperbaric & Undersea Diving Medicine 451-2551, 98840 Overseas Hwy. Iona Cannabis Clinic of the Florida Keys 99304 Overseas Hwy. 390-2759. Key Largo. Florida Keys Orthopedic Center 453-3633, 100210 Overseas Hwy., Suite 3.

Aetna, Inc 954-649-5337, 447 Big Pine Rd.

Borland & Associates 451-0090, 103400 Overseas Hwy., Suite 288. Brown & Brown/T.R. Jones & Co. 247-5121, 1780 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. Hazard Insurance Agency, Inc. 247-4004, 1008 N.W. 1st Ave., Homestead Insurance Office of America 743-0494, 98840 Overseas Hwy. MIG 13 LLC 451-4788, 102481 Overseas Hwy. Regan Insurance Agency 852-3234, 90144 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. The Porter Allen Company, Inc 294-2542, 513 Southard St., Key West. local-agent/florida/key-west/the-por- ter-allen-company-inc/ Wellcare/Staywell Health Plans 762-0106. 9552 S.W. 160th St., Miami Internet Marketing/ Website Design Two Oceans Digital 393-4079 701 Simonton St., Key West.

Keys Marine Electronics, Inc 852-4668, 9852-4668, 90290 Overseas

Hwy., Suite 104 Tavernier.

Markey Marine Service 852-3337, 98250 Overseas Hwy.

Neptune Atlantic Boat Lifts 853-9400, 94401 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

Sea Tow Key Largo 451-3330. P.O. Box 370684.

Tow Boat U.S. Key Largo/Tavernier 451-3922. 254 Loeb Ave.

Yacht Works 912-3162, 98150 Overseas Hwy.

Medical & Health Advanced Urgent Care of the Upper Keys 294-0011, 100460 Overseas Hwy., Unit 1.

Boilini Eye Care 451-1481. 99696 Overseas Hwy.


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CONTINUED Area Services All phone numbers are 305 area code, the city is Key Largo and the state is Florida unless otherwise stated.

St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church 852-8468, 87500 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada.

St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church 451-1316, 105500 Overseas Hwy. Publications & Publishers

Photographers Drone Over Homestead 630-642-6500, 2388 S.E. 17th Terr. Homestead Skybornvisual LLC. 853-6878, 382 Mahogany Dr. Places of Worship Key Largo has houses of worship representing all major religious denominations. Burton Memorial United Methodist Church 852-2581, 93001 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Coral Isles Community Church 852-5813, 90001 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. First Baptist Church of Key Largo 451-2265, 99001 Overseas Hwy. Florida Keys Church of the Nazarene 809-6173, 100390 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo Baptist Church 451-1642, 835 Largo Rd. Keys Jewish Community Center. 852-5235, MM 93 Oceanside, Tavernier.

Keys Core Fitness 394-1227, Key Largo.

Mariners Hospital 434-3000, 91500 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Miracle Leaf Health Centers 854-9909, 100650 Overseas Hwy. Overseas Dental 453-9105. 103400 Overseas Hwy., Suite 234. Paul E Berger, DDS 453-1811, 103400 Overseas Hwy., Suite 229. 852-8670, 103400 Overseas Hwy., Suite 241. Notary Services Your Conchcierge to the Keys & the Seas/Notary Niche 394-3467, P.O. Box 2393. Pet Shelters/Rescues Humane Animal Care Coalition 451-0088, 105951 Overseas Hwy. Susana May, MD, Keys ToWellness

Florida Keys Free Press 451-7060 100430 Overseas Hwy. #300, Key Largo. Radio Stations Florida Keys Media 296-7511, 830 Crane Blvd. Sugarloaf Key. WKLG, Inc. (Star 102.1 FM) 451-2202 P.O. Box 370900. Real Estate Services American Caribbean Real Estate-Christie’s International Real Estate

451-4078, 99900 Overseas Hwy. Barbara Eads Realty, Inc. 853-5982, 91770 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Freewheeler Realty 664-4444, 85992 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada. Century 21 Island Life 451-0601, 101925 Overseas Hwy. Coastal Title & Closing Services 852-1477. P.O. Box 2095

MarrVelous Pet Rescues 453-1315, 99900 Overseas Hwy.

Lighthouse on the Rock 451-6212, 99339 Overseas Hwy.

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CONTINUED Area Services All phone numbers are 305 area code, the city is Key Largo and the state is Florida unless otherwise stated.

Maria’s Hope & Prosperity 509-1106 or 509-2011, 79867 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens 852-3282, 90001 Old Highway., Tavernier. Wesley House Family Services, Inc . 809-5000, 1304 Truman Ave., Key West. Supporters

Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate 453-7525, 100430 Overseas Hwy. Coral Reef Title Co 451-6200, 100750 Overseas Hwy. Desi Bennett Real Estate 606-0009, 104350 Overseas Hwy., Suite C-3. Douglas Hill – Realtor 395-1279, 99900 Overseas Hwy. Florida Keys Board of Realtors 852-9294, 97670 Overseas Hwy. Julie Ann Probst – Realtor 954-593-8200, Keller Williams Realty, 4455 Military Trail, Jupiter

Sally Stribling, Realtor 283-2002 100430 Overseas Hwy.

Star Properties 451-1020, 99353 Overseas Hwy., Suite 9. Sunshine Title of the Keys 451-0032, 102900 Overseas Hwy., Suite 6. Yvette Doherty, Realtor 786-236-8158, 100430 Overseas Hwy., Suite 100. Social Services 16th Judicial Guardian ad Litem Program 304-0231, 50 High Point Rd., Tavernier. AIDS Help of Monroe County 296-6196, 1434 Kennedy Dr., Key West. American Cancer Society 292-2333, 8095 N.W. 12th St., #200, Doral. Center for Independent Living of the Keys 453-3491, 103400 Overseas Hwy., Suite 243. Florida Keys Children’s Shelter 852-4246, 73 High Point Rd., Tavernier.

Bayliss, Bud. 601-932-6399

Cates, Craig C

El Dorado Heights Home Owner’s & Property Owner’s Association Inc.

Fishers, Lilly. 852-5991

Griffiths, Andy. 797-2639. Kanzler, Walter 924-2463.

Kyle KC Gibson 4 Governor. 850-322-8815, Lockwood, Robert 791-0021, Mooney, Jim (Candidate House District 120). 522-3383 Newman, Beverly Steele, Sam (For Tax Collector) 302-6920 Stuart, Robert (Honorary Member) U.S. Postal Service. 451-3155,

Keys Lake Villas, LLC. 735-4192, 106003 Overseas Hwy.

Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty Nancy Hershoff, Sales Associate. 712-8888, 81888 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada.

PLOR MF Holding LLC 954-350-2056, 21 1st Ave. REMAX All Keys Real Estate 451-0060, 98880 Overseas Hwy. RESF Island Properties 525-2580, 101415 Overseas Hwy.

Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc 295-7741, P.O. Box 4767, Key West.

Ward, Dennis. 588-5014. Woltanski, Sue. 240-1565.


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Transportation CommuteWith Enterprise 898-8015. 14000 S.W. 119th Ave. #100, Miami. Emerald Transportation of the Florida Keys 928-8000, P.O. Box 500, Tavernier. Falcon Charter Bus Miami 359-3962. Downtown, Miami. charter-bus Keys Shuttle 289-9997, 4000 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Luxury Limousine of the Florida Keys 367-2329, 98700 Overseas Hwy. For storage facility call 853-7077. Travel Agents Coral Reef Travels DreamVacations 902-6954, 101425 Overseas Hwy.

Cruise Planners – Voyage Blue. 998-8348, 458 Lime Dr.

Keys Sanitary Service (solid waste) 451-2025, P.O. Box 345, Tavernier.

Veterinarians Animal Care Clinic. 453-0044, 100660 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo. Mobile Pet Doctors 587-7493, 600 English Ave. Ste. A, Homestead. Wedding & Event Planners Key DestinationWeddings & Events 916-5571, 97665 Overseas Hwy. Keys Parties 305-394-1680. P.O. Box 76, Tavernier. MagnoliaWeddings & Events FL 786-554-7107, 12 Orange Dr.

Fantastic Endeavors Inc. 453-9208, P.O. Box 372531. International Travel Group 451-0007, 93911 Overseas Hwy., Suite 8, Tavernier. Utilities Amerigas 852-2283, 86400 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority 296-2454, 91620 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. Florida Keys Electric Cooperative 852-2431, 91630 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier.

Key LargoWastewater Treatment District 451-4019, 103355 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo.

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Things to Do Key: MM=Mile Marker, B/S=Bayside, O/S=Oceanside, M=Median. All phone numbers are 305 area code unless otherwise stated. The road to Key Largo tempts with unique diversions. Tour the Majestic River of Grass on a guided boat tour into Everglades National Park, skip across the waves on a WaveRunner® or fly high above the water on a romantic tandem parasail flight. Discover that man has more than one best friend as you play with dolphins. Watch a brilliant orange sun dip into the water on a sunset cruise. Parks offer a host of activities in Key Largo, including the Jacobs Aquatic Center in the Key Largo Community Park.

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A Family Fun Boat Tour Company IslaMarina, MM 85.9 B/S. 896-2915. Providing high quality PRIVATE snorkeling, sightseeing, sandbar, sunset cruises and eco-tours. Our custom-crowd free boating trips are packed with so much fun you may just want to join us again before you leave! Up to 6 passengers per boat. Snorkel gear included. African Queen Holiday Inn Marina, MM 100 O/S. 451-8080. The iconic vessel the African Queen is located in Key Largo. Made famous in the 1951 movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn she still remains a timeless classic. This famous steamboat is available for daily canal cruises in the Port Largo Canal area and also for private events. Allergic To Land Charters Pelican Cove Resort, MM 84.5 O/S 393-0842. Eco-tours, snorkeling, sunset cruises and custom charters. Call for info and reserva- tions. 305-407-3262. Educational and entertaining experiences. Guided educational tours. Feed the Tarpon, predator reef tank, touch tank. Snorkel, scuba and hookah encounters. B & B Theatres Tavernier Cinema 5 MM 91.2 B/S. For movie information call 853-7003. Aquarium Encounters 11710 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

CalypsoWatersports and Charters 451-8080 or 896-8004. Luxury catamaran charters available with Captain or as a bareboat. Day sails, Paddleboard, snorkel trips also available. Key Largo and Key West locations. Corporate and special events can also be accommodated. Capt. Sterling’s Everglades Ecology Tours Jules Undersea Lodge, 51 Shoreland Dr. 853-5161 Tours depart Key Largo. Personalized guided boat tours into Everglades National Park. CaribbeanWatersports MM 97.4 B/S, Playa Largo Resort. 852-4707 or 619-7844. Caribbean Watersports located at Playa Largo Resort . Sailing Catamaran USCG Certified for 24 passengers. Available as Private Charter or Public Adventure Snorkel & Swim Tours and Champagne Sunset Cruises on shallow Florida Bay. Our 25’ Caribbean Cruiser World Cat is 6 passenger and is offered as a Private Snorkeling tour to both Oceanside Reefs and protected Bayside locations on an Island Adventure. Parasailing, Everglades enviro-tours, Hobie Cats and paddleboards, sailing lessons and kayaks. Private groups welcome. Clearly Unique Charters MM 83.4 O/S. 747-8651. Kayak tours, powerboat snorkeling trips, eco-trips. Kayaks are clear. Small groups only. Fully guided trips.

Conch Tour Train 303 Front St.., Key West. 294-5161 or 888-916- 8687. See the best on the train tour that’s been entertaining visitors to the Island city of Key West since 1958. Our expert “engineers” and friendly staff will give you a conch’s eye view of all Key West attractions. Coral Reef Park Co. Coral Reef Park Co. MM 102.5 O/S. 451-6300. Concession inside John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Dive trips: 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Snorkel trips: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. Glass-bottom boats: 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. Canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals. Cruisin Tikis Key Largo MM 99.5 B/S at Snook’s. 800-941-7080. For Private or small group tours. Sunset Cruise, bar hop cruise and eco-cruise. Dolphin Research Center MM 59 B/S. 289-1121. A nonprofit education and research facility Dolphin Research Center is open daily for the public to visit and learn about the dolphins and sea lions. General admission includes seeing animal sessions and access to the Sprayground. Fun interactive programs also offered. Dolphins Plus MM 101.9 B/S. 451-4060 or 877-365-2683. Dockside interaction: Kiss or Paint with the dolphins and Dolphin Dockside. In-water Encounters: Shallow water or Structured Swim. Add a behind the Scenes Tour or Touch Tank experience.

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Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder 31 Corrine Place. 453-4321. We remain the only whale and dolphin rescue team covering 10,000 square miles of habitat in the Florida Keys. Our specialized interactions allow people to connect with dolphins on a deeper level, creating lifelong advocates and stewards of the sea. We allow the general public to connect with our amazing resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins so that they are inspired to protect their wild counter- parts and the marine habitat. Everglades Alligator Farm Homestead, 305-247-2628. Guided airboat tours featuring unspoiled Florida flora and fauna; alligator and snake shows. Florida Bay Outfitters MM 104 B/S. 451-3018. Kayak & paddleboard rentals,self or guided tours, lessons, 3 hour eco-tours, we rent and sell SUP, kayaks and canoes. Full retail shop.

Florida Bay Tour Company 90775 Old Highway, Tavernier. 394-1554. Offering 1 hour boat rides to Full day Safari charters. Sunset cruises, Eco-Tours, Photo Tours, Birdwatching (seasonally). Also catering to those with disabilities and wheelchair users Florida Keys Brewing Company 81611 Old Highway, Islamorada, 664-9722 Come visit our brewery, taproom and beer garden! With 20 rotating beers on tap that are made onsite, we are the only beer in Islamorada that is 100% locally owned, operated and brewed. We are open Monday to Thursday 11-10 and Friday to Sunday 11-11. Visit for a schedule of events and live music.

Florida Keys Kayak MM 77.5 BS. 664-4878. Kayak rentals, eco-tours, sunset tours, paddleboards, and jet skis.

Florida Keys Swim with Dolphins Tour

MM 101.4 O/S. 501-4898. Keys dolphin encounter programs from 1 years and up.

Florida KeysWild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary MM 93.6 B/S, Tavernier. Open sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year.. Hospital and Visitor Education Center, MM 92.1.B/S Tavernier Hospital & Education Center are open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Side hospital entrance is staffed every day for injured birds to be brought in. For information or the Emergency Hotline 24/7 call 852-4486 Ext 1.

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

MM 82.1 O/S. 922-2237, Located at the Islander Resort Conference Center. It tells the story of the Florida Keys with the emphasis on the Upper Keys.

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