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Key Largo Resort Planned by Former Cheeca Lodge Owner

Cheeca Holdings, the Wyoming-based company that sold the luxurious Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada for $100 million in 2011, is planning an upscale boutique hotel/Key Largo Resort. “I plan to do the most high-end resort down there in the Keys,” company owner Jerry Johnson told The Real Deal. In an application received Feb. 2 by the…

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Middle Florida Keys Suggestions For Your Bucket List

The Middle Florida Keys are an often overlooked destination. Lying between the Upper Florida Keys where you will find the Diving & Fishing Capitals of Key Largo and Islamorada and the Lower Florida Keys with Big Pine Key’s Key Deer and world famous Key West, the Middle Florida Keys is sometimes referred to as the Heart…

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Underwater Resort – Would You Sleep With The Fishes

Underwater tourism may be the next big thing in luxury travel. Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel, an idea conceptualized by extreme travel advocate and managing director of Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel Tony Webb, has just received a U.S. patent for its innovative design.  A single pod has its own entrance via surface-to-ocean elevator. (Courtesy Tony Webb, Planet…

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Completes Restoration

Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Lower Florida Keys, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa – part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection – has announced the multimillion-dollar revitalization of the iconic 5.5-acre resort and island (www.littlepalmisland.com). “The different elements of this multimillion-dollar renovation all help to layer different levels of culture…

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Major Resorts Opening and Renovating in Florida Keys

Resorts in the Florida Keys are opening and renovating faster than you can say “Ernest Hemingway.”  What does Hemingway have to do with it?  The iconic American author lived in Key West during the 1930s, when he penned The Snows of Kilimanjaro and To Have and Have Not, and immortalized the free-spirited isle in literary…

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Partial Solution to Unbuildable Lots: 1 Hotel Room for 3 Lots

Unbuildable Lots Resort developers could get approval for 300 new Florida Keys rooms in exchange for protecting (unbuildable lots)  sensitive lands, a state agency proposes. Staff with Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently outlined a proposed new rule as part of the agency’s Monroe County oversight under the state Area of Critical State Concern law….

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Best Weekend Trips to the Florida Keys From Miami Right Now

  By Julia Ford-Carther Just a short drive from Miami, trips to the Florida Keys—stretching from Key Largo to Key West—offer a different way to experience paradise. Surfboards and Adirondack chairs beckon outside The Beach Café at Morada Bay. While Miamians live where everyone else vacations, residents like to sneak away occasionally for a change…

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Marquesa Hotel $10 Million Expansion Proposal Approved by KWPB

The owners of the boutique Marquesa Hotel on the corner of Simonton and Fleming streets in the Key West Historic District are vying to create a 14-room annex less than a block away. Inter-Ocean Holdings acquired the two properties that make up the Pilot House Guesthouse on Simonton Street in August for $4.2 million, Monroe…

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New and Improved Resorts Highlight Travel to Florida Keys

Accommodation options in the Florida Keys Resorts, like the island chain itself, are rich in atmosphere and appeal. Now through 2016, eight new properties – comprising just over 1,000 rooms – are planning to open from Key Largo to Key West. Additionally, a number of meticulously renovated lodgings are welcoming visitors. Each one joins existing…

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September in the Florida Keys Exciting Events-Special Offers

KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes four Florida Keys events in September and offers three compelling reasons to enjoy an end-of-summer escape to the Keys. “September in the Florida Keys is a great time to experience events that can only be found here.” said Sam Schorr, KeysCaribbean managing director. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas &…

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Key Largo Resort Developer Seeks Affordable Housing Units

Playa Largo resort, currently under construction at mile marker 97.4, bayside, is seeking Monroe County Planning Commission approval for 24 off-site affordable housing units to serve as employee residences for its staff. It is also proposing to build 28 single-family homes on the same parcel of land as the two 12-unit workforce housing buildings. The commission…

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The Changing Florida Keys Business Climate

Generally speaking, the Florida Keys business market is made of small businesses. Up and down the island chain, mom-and-pop establishments connect the business landscape the same way our mangroves anchor our islands. But recently on both a local and national scale, there’s been a rebirth in the small-business-for-sale market, as owners who waited patiently to…

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Marathon Board Gives Preliminary OK for Resort on Knights Key

Pritam Singh is one step closer to turning Knights Key into Marathon’s next destination resort. Singh, who built, among other things, the Truman Annex housing development in Key West and Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, received unanimous approval Monday from the Marathon Planning Commission for his yet-to-be named 199-room resort at the RV park at…