ISLAMORADA — Roadside sculptures drew mixed reviews at the Islamorada Village Council meeting Sept. 19. “Fragments,” a set of three statues by Shiho Sato, appears to be headed for a state-owned strip of bayside land near mile marker 80 on Upper Matecumbe Key as part of the Florida Keys Sculpture Trail.

Roadside sculptures


On a 3-1 vote, council members supported the placement of the large artwork on a narrow tract owned by the Florida Department of Transportation. The FDOT has endorsed the project along U.S. 1 as part of its Community Aesthetic Features program.


3 thoughts on “Islamorada Considers RoadSide Sculptures

  1. Steven LaBree says:

    We have so many challenges in the Keys and yet we spend our time and money on Roadside sculptures. I don’t get it.

    1. FKT says:

      The Monroe County Art in Public Places Ordinance No. 022-2001 mandates that one percent (1%) of new County building construction costing a minimum of $500,000.00 and renovations costing a minimum of $100,000.00 be set aside to fund this program.

      1. Steven LaBree says:

        Same question but now another. If that is the process, then what is the percentage mandated for homeless, tidal flooding, canal repair, etc. While 1% isn’t a large percentage, I’d rather feed and clothe the homeless and other less fortunate. Perhaps, provide a better salary for our teachers? Understanding it’s an ordinance, I suppose the it, perhaps, we should reconsider priorities. Thanks for the follow up.

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