Photos by Josie Koler
This past weekend the latest class of Florida Keys community leaders embarked on the most notorious learning journey known to the region.
The adventure started with a classroom session at the MarineLab in Key Largo before a boat tour of Florida Bay. Next, they took in the operations of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Treatment Plant in Florida City.
The stimulating session continued around the grounds of the historical Rod and Gun Club in Collier County. In the mix of a hospital CEO, county planning expert, elementary principal, contractors, and financial advisers were alligators, airboats, muck, and many birds and plenty of diet coke! The three-day submersion-trip ended with a tour of the Ocean Reef Club and the Sewer Treatment Plant in Key Largo.
The Monroe County’s trial court administrator, Holly Elomina takes a break from the courthouse to cuddle with a pet alligator! “Actually the only reason I held the gator she admits is to show my kids I’m not a wimp!”
Leadership Monroe Class XIX was lucky enough to mingle with the locals and offspring of an Everglade’s icon. This guy, Sheldon Brown, is the great-grandson of Loren G. “Totch” Brown. Totch was a crabber, gator poacher and drug runner back in the 1920s.