Historical trust seeks letters of support for new museum
The Matecumbe Historical Trust is diligently working to build an over 7,000 sq. ft. Florida Keys history museum.

Irving Eyster, historian, archeologist and Trust President has spent a lifetime acquiring thousands of items, artifacts and documents that need to be preserved for community interest, as an attraction for tourists, and for our children to learn about local history.

This museum will include historical photographs, artifacts and documents from the entire Florida Keys.

The Matecumbe Historical trust has more than 150 members throughout the Keys, and offers free historical lectures each month. In the past, the group has worked to restore a three-ton cannon from the wreck of the San Jose, and helped form the Florida Keys Heritage Monument Trial with markers and plaques located throughout the Islands marking sites of historical interest.

Currently, the trust seeks letters from Florida Keys residents in support of this Keys-specific history museum. Interested residents should send letters to:

The Matecumbe Historical Trust
P.O. Box 1175
Islamorada, Fl. 33036

KLS Kids celebrate America
The Key Largo School Summer Kids Program celebrated the 4th of July with an on-campus Independence Day parade. Patriotic decorations and festive costumes could be seen in all classrooms for the school-wide event. The celebration was a huge success.

Openings are still available in this year’s program, which runs through July 18.


Islamorada Vacation Rental licensing from July 15 to August 15, 2008
The registration period for Islamorada homeowners wishing to obtain a vacation rental license for their residential property is from July 15, 2008 through August 15, 2008. The application forms are available at Village Hall or on the Village website, www.islamorada.fl.us. Each completed application must be submitted during a pre-scheduled meeting with a member of the Planning Department staff; all required documentation specified in the application form and the $1,000 application fee must be submitted during the meeting.

Those units that have operated continually as vacation rentals since December 6, 2001 and meeting all conditions of Village Ordinance 06-03, will be given first consideration for Village licenses.

Vacation rental units meeting all conditions of the ordinance that began operating after December 6, 2001 will then be considered for licenses in the order of the highest number of monthly County Tourist Development Tax payments made. Following those licenses, new vacation rental units meeting all conditions of the ordinance will be considered in the order received by appointment with an Islamorada Planning Department staff member. The maximum number of licenses that may be approved annually is 331.

A link to Ordinance 06-03, governing transient use of residential properties (Vacation Rentals) within the Village, is posted on the website homepage to provide complete information for interested residents.

Licenses for existing vacation rental units are expected to become effective October 1, 2008. Following the effective date of the licenses, Islamorada will begin enforcement of the vacation rentals ordinance throughout the Village.

This will be the only registration period in 2008. Applications will again be accepted during a designated registration period during the summer of each year, at which time all Village licensed vacation rental unit owners will be required to renew their licenses and applications for new registrations may be accepted.

An Islamorada fire inspection report indicating compliance will be required prior to the issuance of a vacation rental license. Please call 305-664-4559 to schedule an inspection. Fire inspections may be scheduled prior to July 15.

For additional information and to schedule an application meeting with a member of the Village Planning Department staff, please contact Cheryl Cioffari, Planner at 305-664-6400.


Collins earns his third IGFA Inshore World Championship
On the heels of a team victory at the International Game Fish Association’s Offshore World Championship in mid-May, Robert Collins won the IGFA Inshore World Championship that ended July 2 in Islamorada.

A resident of Naples, Fla., and part-time in Islamorada, he is the first angler to earn both the inshore and offshore championships, according to the IGFA’s Pete Johnson.

“I just love competitive fishing at any level,” Collins said.

Collins ended the inshore tournament with 1,250 points after beginning it with a simple strategy: catch a slam, defined as one each of snook, tarpon, redfish, bonefish and permit.

“If you can do it twice, you can usually win,” said Collins, who also won the IGFA Inshore World Championship in 2005 and 2007.

Heading into the third and final day of fishing, Collins needed a bonefish to complete his first slam. He got two—along with a snook and a redfish.

“Getting the bonefish today to make all five species was outstanding,” Collins said at the tournament’s end.


First State Bank Rewards Local Scholar
First State Bank of the Florida Keys awarded their annual scholarship to a deserving student of Coral Shores High School.

The recipient, First State Bank Intern Anaivis Herrera, was recognized   during the scholarship ceremony at Coral Shores High School.

The Scholarship and Internship Program provides paid employment at First State Bank and full in-state tuition at Florida Keys Community College for 2 years or 60 credit hours. 

“First State Bank is proud to recognize Anaivis with an opportunity to continue her education,” said First State Bank Regional President Bette Brown.  “We consider future community leaders an excellent investment.”

The purpose of the First State Bank internship/scholarship program is to provide, on an on-going basis, a pool of high-potential, well-educated candidates to meet the Human Resource needs of the Bank. By furnishing the necessary training to those students selected, the Program support’s First State’s policy of promoting qualified individuals from within the company. The Program serves to identify and attract quality bankers of the future.


Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament donates to Voices of the Florida Keys
Voices for Florida Keys Children Inc. is proud to be the recipient of a $2,100 donation from the Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament held in Islamorada.  The money will be used to provide services for children in the Guardian Ad Litem program.

June 16-20 marked the 45th anniversary of the Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament at the Lor-e-lei Restaurant and Marina in Islamorada.

Past Champions of the tournament read like a who’s who of saltwater fly fishing— Ted Williams, Glen Flutie, Andy Mill, Bill Pate, and Tim Mahaffey to mention a few.

The Grand Champion for this year was David Dalu of Charleston, South Carolina, fishing with Captain Scott Collins of Marathon, Fl.  David and Scott achieved a new record by winning the Triple Crown. This is the first time a team won the Golden Fly in May, The Hawley the first week in June and The Gold Cup all in the same year. 

This tournament is one of the oldest Tarpon tournaments in the U.S.  The Gold Cup has been referred to as the “Wimbledon” or “World Series” of tarpon fishing.  It is a competition between the angler and one of the world’s greatest fighting fish—the tarpon.  For more information about Voices or the Guardian Ad Litem program contact Phyllis Mitchell at (305) 664-4163.

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