The elves strike again – Revelers festoon tree on 7 Mile Bridge

The elves strike again – Revelers festoon tree on 7 Mile Bridge

The tree on the old 7 Mile Bridge has everything but the candy canes and no one could eat those anyways.

There are lights, ornaments and a star visible from the motorist traveling US 1, but grabbing a candy cane from its branches would be nearly impossible. You see, the decorated Australian pine grows from the obsolete, concrete roadbed of the old Overseas Railway and is believed to have sprouted from the droppings of a passing bird, possibly an osprey, or perhaps a turtle dove.

Billed as the “7th least accessible Christmas tree in the World,” the tree is only reachable by parachute, jetpack or by scaling a 100-year-old pylon from a boat bobbing in the water more than 20 feet below the roadbed.

This past weekend, with temperatures plunging to nearly 70 degrees, an armada of some 30 festive sailors, adventurers and hangers-on managed to complete their Yule-mission in just under two and half hours.

In a special investigative report, The Weekly Newspapers utilized a complicated network of confidential contacts and double-blind social media outlets to uncover the truth about the clandestine decoration of the tree.

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We learned: 

The idea to decorate the iconic tree was born on a starry night in a Marathon manger when two buddies were sipping mulled wine. They procured more than 500 solar powered lights and then hired a helicopter to film the operation.

“Some guy in Big Pine used to decorate the tree,” said one of the mission’s operatives, speaking to The Weekly under the pseudonym “Peeperdin.”

Now the tree has more than “2,000 imported Italian twinkle lights” and a complex security system to thwart would-be saboteurs.

“It’s rats,” said J. Meredith, (true identity withheld). “So we put out about 20 rat traps and deployed hot sauce to keep them from eating the wires.”

Meredith has been leading the company for an undisclosed amount of years and said the tree is growing about 5 feet a year. That did not slow the company from adorning the pine with a huge star, visible to all the traffic traversing the scenic overseas highway.

Enjoy.

Photos courtesy of Overseas Aero Tours.

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16 Responses to "The elves strike again – Revelers festoon tree on 7 Mile Bridge"

  1. Torrey  December 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    A wonderful site to see

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  2. rose  December 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I love it – thanks

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  3. Susan Sorensen  December 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Brilliant!!!! The perfect gift to Marathon and travelers alike; thanks elves!

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  4. joe  December 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Always puts a smile on my face and give Me and my wife a reason to drive to Key West. Thanks elves!

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  5. Derek B  December 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    That’s awesome. But where is the GoPro video posted (since you can see it on his chest)? :)

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  6. Fred  March 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks guys – I look forward to seeing you again next year!

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  7. Debra  December 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    One of the best local traditions around. Thank you.

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  8. Will  December 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful !

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  9. Stephanie Fouts  December 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful!!

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  10. beth  December 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I’m so glad it’s there!!!

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  11. Dennis Aleff  December 9, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The tree h ha s a name freddy and a son freddy jr.!! Jr. Is to small to decorate!!

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  12. Buck  December 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    But it doesnt have any starbucks decorations. Im not looking at it then.

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  13. Robin Petit  December 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Do we get to see the decorated tree?

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  14. jean marie leles  December 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    ….the secret elves rock!!…that is the most beautiful Christmas tree in the world…i luv it!… <3 …

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  15. George Greenya  December 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    where are the nite shots!!!!!

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  16. Robin  December 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for adding to the beauty of traveling in the Keys!….Merry Christmas…to all..and safe travels to everyone!

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