Pigeon Key

Pigeon Key is moving

Pigeon Key is moving

(Not the island, silly) The Pigeon Key Foundation of the Florida Keys now has new Marathon-based headquarters. It’s moved from Knight’s Key to the location of the former Pancho’s restaurant. The visibility from the highway, and its proximity to the Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco docks and historic lighthouse, make for a perfect fit, according […]

Pigeon Key unveils new ‘shark’ pool

Pigeon Key unveils new ‘shark’ pool

Now visitors to Pigeon Key, the tiny and historic island in the shadow of the 7 Mile Bridge has a new attraction. The saltwater pool on the south side of the island now features a sturdy walk-around dock and is stocked with sea life. “It’s filled with sharks and tarpon and grouper and jacks — […]

Pigeon Key’s Kelly McKinnon to address his alma mater FKCC

Pigeon Key’s Kelly McKinnon to address his alma mater FKCC

Pigeon Key’s Kelly McKinnon love for the tiny island is evidenced by the foundation’s rapid growth. A historic spot popular with visitors, the 5 acre island is a world renowned education center and research facility. ——– “I was totally thrown,” said Kelly McKinnon of being asked to speak at the upcoming Florida Keys Community College […]

Pigeon Key Art Festival is this weekend

Pigeon Key Art Festival is this weekend

The Pigeon Key Arts festival turns 21 years old this year. And to celebrate, festival organizers have lined up some star talent in the form of internationally renowned marine artist Wyland. He will be creating four original ink paintings at the festival. Later, he will auction them off himself. “I’ve been hearing a lot of […]

#DayTripping: Pigeon Key & Sunset Grille

#DayTripping: Pigeon Key & Sunset Grille

Pigeon Key is the little island located in the center of the 7 Mile Bridge, the one about 99 percent of the population whizzes past at 65 mph. A tour of the often-passed historic landmark is one of the best ways to spend a day in the Middle Keys. First, it’s really economical — admission […]

Write-ups in travel magazines or newspaper sections usually means good news – Some reviews are less than flattering, others skip us all together

Write-ups in travel magazines or newspaper sections usually means good news – Some reviews are less than flattering, others skip us all together

Sometimes, you just can’t catch a break. The Fabulous Florida Keys were featured in a couple of big travel-oriented publications recently. When a destination gets written up in Conde Nast Traveler or the Travel section of the Miami Herald, it’s usually a good thing for the destination. Sadly, the recent media coverage did little to […]

Community Heroes honored for contributions and volunteerism

Passion and altruistic dedication are just a couple of the traits shared by 75 volunteers who were recognized as “Unsung Heroes” at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys’ annual luncheon. The honorees include business executives, board members and volunteers who seem to have perfect attendance at board meetings, are the first and last volunteers […]

Bridge Saved!

Bridge Saved!

This past Wednesday those involved in the mission to restore the historic 7 Mile Bridge pushed the Marathon Government Center to maximum occupancy to see county commissioners approve a funding plan that would assure the survival of the iconic structure. A majority of the audience included members of the non-profit organization, Friends of Old Seven, […]

Little island in the middle goes green – Pigeon Key ‘throws the switch’ on a solar energy array to power the facilities

Little island in the middle goes green – Pigeon Key ‘throws the switch’ on a solar energy array to power the facilities

A tiny island that once served as a base camp for workers who built the historic Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad has gone green. On Friday, Keys officials celebrated the conversion of the island’s electrical system to solar-powered energy, making the educational facility and visitor attraction energy efficient. A 105- by 11-foot solar array was installed […]

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