Opening anticipated for summer 2024

A room model guests will enjoy at the new reimagined resort opening in 2024. Renovations will combine Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina and Pelican Cove Resort & Marina into one guest destination in Islamorada. CONTRIBUTED

Two Islamorada resorts under the same umbrella and situated not far from one another on Windley Key will become one new reimagined destination for guests next year.

Islamorada Resort Collection told Keys Weekly a multi-million-dollar renovation is in the final stages of permitting and planning to transform Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina and Pelican Cove Resort & Marina into one island resort. The resorts located at MM 84, oceanside, will close for a period of time for renovations.

“As with all renovations, timelines are fluid. We will know more once the permitting process is complete, but certainly expect everything to be introduced by summer 2024,” said Scott Dawson, vice president and managing director of Islamorada Resort Collection.

Once complete, the new resort will feature 214 island-inspired guest rooms, seven culinary experiences and two retail shops. A full-service marina will also undergo improvements for guests seeking fishing trips from a full fleet of captains. The new guest destination will be family-friendly, but the Pelican Cove side of the grounds will be tailored to the tranquil experience of an adults-only resort, according to the Islamorada Resort Collection.  

Dawson said the resort collection hasn’t disclosed the new name yet. He said the name to be announced at a later date was inspired by the island’s rich history and life surrounding the water. 

“As two-storied resorts in Islamorada, there was always a vision to make these into one resort destination that embodies the genuine spirit of the Florida Keys,” he said. 

When open, the resort will debut an island-style pizza restaurant with dine-in and takeout options, as well as an outdoor venue featuring South America fare. Dawson said the resort will also feature a new signature restaurant featuring wood-fired eats and a walk-up window for soft serve at the beach.

A world-famous Tiki Bar will remain, albeit with a refresh. And two new culinary concepts will take over Postcard’s Raw Bar, which sits roughly 25 feet from the ocean.

Pelican Cove Resort & Marina will close Monday, Sept. 11 to undergo renovations. Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina will shut down for renovations beginning Oct. 28. Despite the temporary closures, the Islamorada Resort Collection plans to retain a population of its hourly teams and management positions. Benefits will be provided to all employees through Dec. 31. 

Additional jobs are being created at the collection’s other two resorts in Islamorada, Amara Cay and La Siesta Resort & Villas, for displaced employees from Postcard Inn and Pelican Cove. In addition to the Collection’s two resorts in Islamorada, displaced team members are being encouraged to apply for open positions at the sister resort in Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo.

“Our goal is to build an award-winning culture and to be an employer of choice in the community. When the new resort is open and fully operational, our goal is to employ significantly more team members than these resorts have ever employed in the past,” Dawson said. 

Davidson Hospitality Group operates 87 hotels and resorts, and 200-plus restaurants across the country. There are six hotel resorts operated by Davidson Hospitality Group in South Florida from Fort Lauderdale to Key Largo — giving team members the ability to easily apply and transfer to open positions.

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.