86.0 = Weigh station for trucks, oceanside WXOS Radio station
and tower, Venetian Shores subdivision
85.5 = Snake Creek Draw Bridge; Coast Guard Station, gulfside
Enter Windley Key
85.3 = Windley Key State Fossil Reef Geological Site, gulfside
Windley Key was originally two islands called Umbrella Keys
because of their U shape. A land bridge connects them, so the
name was changed to Windley Key, allegedly honoring an early
settler. The Florida East Coast Railroad purchased the land in
1908. The FECR turned it into a quarry and began excavating
large amounts of limestone to supply material for railroad
84.3 = This was the center of the community of Quarry that
thrived during the construction of the railroad.
84.2 = Theater of the Sea; Holiday Isle Resort oceanside.
83.4 = Island Christian School, gulfside; Whale Harbor Inn, oceanside
82.2 = Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Red Caboose
82.6 = Islamorada Post Office- ZIP 33036, oceanside
81.5 = Islamorada Library and park, gulfside; Hurricane Memorial; Cheeca Lodge, Oceanside. The library was
constructed as a Hurricane Refuge School after the 1935 Hurricane. During construction, the Florida Keys
Memorial, known as the Hurricane Monument, was also constructed and dedicated.
81.2 = Worldwide Sportsman; gulfside; Moose Lodge
81.3 = Green Turtle Inn; Oceanside. Part of the structure survived the 1935 Hurricane.
80.0 = Roadside park, gulfside
79.8 = Tea Table Relief Bridge. Papa Joe's Marina, gulfside; Bud and Mary's, oceanside. The north
approach washed out during Hurricane Donna, 1960.
79.1 = Tea Table Channel Bridge
78.0 = Indian Key Bridge. Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site (State) gulfside in distance. Lignumvitae Key Boat Ramp
gulfside; Indian Key Archaeological Site, San Pedro Underwater State Park and Alligator Lighthouse, oceanside at
a distance. This is area is of historic significance. The islands of Indian Key, Lignumvitae Key and Alligator
Lighthouse are prominent artifacts.
77.1 = Lignumvitae Bridge
77.0 = Robbie's Marina, gulfside; Star of the Sea motel, oceanside
74.0 = Angelo's Country Store, Port Antigua community, gulfside
74.3 = Safety Harbor community entrance, gulfside
73.6 = Boy Scouts Sea Base, gulfside; Calusa Cove Marina. Oceanside. Gulfside was the location of Camp 3 for
the WW-1 veterans. Many perished in the 1935 hurricane.
73.4 = Anne's Beach, Oceanside. Gulfside is Veteran's Island, which is the grown over approach to the veteran's
73.0 = Off shore on the gulfside can be seen the remains (8) of the concrete bridge piling built by the WW-1
72.8 = Apogee of Channel #2 bridge
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84.0 = Whale Harbor Bridge.
84.0 = Another quarry on the ocean side of Windley Key is the site of Theater of the Sea (MM84.5), one of the oldest
attractions in Florida. Opened 47 years ago, the theater offers a show starring sea creatures such as rays, turtles,
sharks, sea lions and dolphins. It is also one of several locations in the Keys where you can arrange to swim with
the playful bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Harbor separates Windley Key and Upper Matecumbe Key, and on both sides of the inlet, the marinas
bristle with the outriggers and tuna towers of the sportfishing fleets. In this area, you'll spot the massive Holiday
Isle complex, which features myriad hotels, motels, restaurants, water sports charters and other activities. Holiday
Isle sponsors numerous festivals, sports and special events and celebrations throughout the year.
HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF THE UPPER KEYS
Jerry Wilkinson · Key Largo, FL
The Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys meet at
Key Largo Library Community Room, second Monday of each
month. Most programs of a historical nature.
Information about the Florida Keys and Key West