A breathtaking view of Florida Bay from the Little Bay property in Islamorada is a bit hindered by a yacht that broke loose from its mooring roughly three-quarters of a mile out on Feb. 18. CONTRIBUTED

Islamorada property owner Bob Di Loreto couldn’t believe his eyes when he peered out at the Florida Bay around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 18. Sitting near his docks was a yacht that broke loose from its mooring due to a storm the day before. 

Di Loreto’s Little Bay property is home to three rental units which offer breathtaking views of Florida Bay. Glimpses of the water and the backcountry were slightly hindered by a 95-foot motor yacht for the last week. The boat was moored roughly three-quarters of a mile from his bayside property. Di Loreto said he heard from the owners of the yacht after it broke loose. Marine crews have tried to free the vessel for the past week.

“They got it from its sideways orientation and more out to the gulf,” Di Loreto told Keys Weekly on Feb. 27. Di Loreto said crews hope to have the boat out to sea by Feb. 28. 

Di Loreto spends half his time in Islamorada and the other half in his home state of Michigan. Looking at the vessel, Di Loreto spotted two insignias on the side of the yacht, one reading JBM and the other for the Beach Grill. Come to find out, JBM stands for Jefferson Beach Marina, a boating community in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

“I retired and moved away and then this damn boat showed up,” Di Loreto joked.  

A crane attempts to reorient a 95-foot yacht in hopes to get it back to deeper waters on Feb. 27. The vessel broke loose from its mooring and grounded near the Little Bay rental property in Islamorada on Feb. 18. CONTRIBUTED
Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.