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Seaside Hammocks, Inc.

402 E Park Ave

Lake Wales, Florida 33853

(863) 676-1580

Seasidehammocks.com was established as an online resource by Tom Sloane in 2002. Prior to that, Seaside Hammocks had been operating as a specialty hammock shop in Village by the Sea in Lantana, Florida. This funky Key West style shopping area had become engulfed by Florida's wild condominiumization episodes that characterized the early 2000nds. In 2004 Tom and his partner, designer Kim Henry, closed the shop and concentrated on the online business. Our desire is to provide the most comfortable and beautiful hammocks possible with 5 star customer service. This is still a family run business; and every order and every customer is treated with the same personal service we extended to our customers in the shop. When you call Seaside hammocks for information or to place an order you will almost always be dealing with an owner of the company, ensuring that you will receive knowledgeable help and personal service. In a world of "big box" stores and faceless corporate entities, your experience of Seaside Hammocks will, I hope, be as pleasant as dropping into a neighborhood shop.

Tommy Hamaca is the nom de folie, so to speak, of Tom Sloane; and is also the brand name of the highest quality hammock products made to our exacting specifications. It is your assurance of quality!

You are welcome here. For a closer look into the origins of Seaside Hammocks and the philosophy of its intriguing management team visit The Hammock Philosophy.

 

Tom Sloane, President
Kim Henry, Executive Vice President

 
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Ginn Company buying key Centex properties, including the Ocean Hammock Golf Club

Ocean Hammock Golf Course - 17th holeOctober 26, 2006 - Palm Coast, Florida - This showed up on this site a few days ago on the rumor pages. Details are still murky and no official announcement has occurred, but I've received sufficient confirmation that the underlying story is no longer a rumor to move it to the News category. Here is what I've heard:

The Ginn Company is buying the Ocean Hammock Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, along with the Inn at Ocean Hammock. The Inn contains the golf pro shop, locker rooms, a fine restaurant, and meeting and accommodations rooms. He is also buying the yet to be developed Bulow Plantation project, a site near Ginn's The Gardens at Hammock Beach, a private golfing community being developed along the Intracoastal Waterway on John Anderson. Also part of the deal is the Palm Coast Resort and Condominiums currently under construction, with its existing Palm Harbor Golf Course. The Resort is being built at the site of the original Palm Coast Resort on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway and across from Ginn's Yacht Harbor Village and Admirals Cove Condominium.  In addition, Ginn will be buying The Tidelands, an Intracoastal single family home and condominium project just north of  the Palm Coast Resort. Centex had purchased this property from the original developer, River City Homes a few years ago. The last piece of the purchase is the oceanfront condominium project in Marineland, in the north end of the County on Rt A1a

Ginn will have doubled his stake in Flagler County. Look for the two parties to frame this as a "partnership" because Centex will stay involved in the construction phase. But make no mistake, Bobby Ginn is the clear winner here. And only a few months ago, some folks thought Ginn had fumbled when Centex beat them out with a successful bid for the Ocean Hammock Golf Course and Inn. Congratulations, Bobby.

I understand that the closing for the Ocean Hammock Golf Club and the Palm Coast Resort is scheduled for December 8th. The other properties are in the due diligence phase. Until the dust settles on this transaction, there will be several questions with few answers. One, in particular - How will this effect the property owners in Cinnamon Beach? They face the prospect of being orphans-by-the-sea, surrounded by an amenity rich Ginn resort to which they do not belong. The same for owners of The Villas at Hammock Beach? This Centex complex in the shadow of the Ginn resort allowed owners to affiliate with the Hammock Beach Club as long as Ginn managed the rentals. Some did. Others did not, opting to be associated with Centex amenities and Centex rental program. Owners of Canopy Walk that are in the Centex rental program are likewise wondering.

By: Toby Tobin  


 


 

Источник: http://www.gotoby.com/news/article/100/Ginn-Company-buying-key-Centex-properties-including-the-Ocean-Hammock-Golf-Club

Neighborhoods of Key West ~ The Ultimate Key West Map


While the island of Key West is also a city with the same name, it is only 2 miles by 4 miles long, likening it more to an island "village" when compared to most locations. As small as the island is, it has grown up as several tiny Key West neighborhoods. While they blur at the parameters, each offers some unique features mostly relating to architectural styles, ambience, and historical interest. The following neighborhood descriptions were created to not only highlight some of the special features of each area within Key West, but also to emphasize how compact the island really is. So when you are choosing your Key West vacation rental, keep in mind that everything in Key West really is close by, that many full time residents choose the hammock company key west get around by foot, bicycle or scooter, and that this middle aged author can ride a bicycle around the entire island in less than one hour.*


Historic Seaport - Old Town

Historic Seaport - Old TownThe famous historic Old Town Key West waterfront on the gulf side of the island and the original lower Duval Street area, encompasses this district. Here the founding fathers and mothers of the late 1800's built the first shipping docks and warehouses, restaurants and grand homes, that stand today as one of the largest and most impressive collection of turn-of-the-century architecture. From larger Greek Revival Victorians to charming shot gun cottages, many of these alluring structures have been restored and renovated to stand in their gleaming glory and some are available to rent. Today this district includes famous waterfront restaurants and bars, retail stores, museums, fishing and sailing charters, a large variety of historic homes, and Mallory Square.
Walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 5 to 10 minutes.

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Downtown - Old Town

Downtown - Old TownThis tiny section of Key West is the "island urban" area. When you stay in this tiny district it's amazing how much there is to see on each street. The mid-section of famous Duval Street in Old Town Key West grew up as the central downtown area. The original city infrastructure was built here to create a diverse array of shopping, offices, entertainment, restaurants, bars, hotels, and churches, and these features are still offered in a modernized mode. Just around the corners off either side of Duval Street an impressive array of historic Victorian and cottage style residences stand, and some are hotels near td banknorth garden to rent.
From this area you can walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 10 to 15 minutes.

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Upper Duval - Uptown

Upper Duval - UptownThis tiny district has grown to be known as the "Uptown of Old Town Key West." This small area offers an exceptional array of excellent restaurants, beautiful boutiques, art and furniture galleries, and is close to South Beach and the Southernmost Point of the United States. It is noteworthy that in 1876, one of our most prominent Cuban immigrants, Eduardo H. Gato, built a stunning marble Cigar Factory in this neighborhood to create the city's largest producing hand-rolled cigar factory, and today this fully restored building houses local government. As the cigar industry boomed in the 19th century, so did the immediate need for neighborhood housing. Cottages and Victorian homes sprang up to form the Upper Duval Gato neighborhood that includes Louisa, Catherine, Amelia, and Virginia Streets, and today has grown into the "elegant area of Duval." Some of these beautiful residences are available to rent. From this area you can walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 15 to 20 minutes.

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Bahama Village

Bahama VillageBahama Village is a distinctly unique historic district where Bahamians moved from the Bahamas to settle in Key West in late 1800's. Bordered by Whitehead, Louisa, Fort, and Angela streets, some folks consider Bahama Village the last enclave of "the real Key West." Strolling village streets is reminiscent of the Bahamas with clapboard "shot gun" houses painted white, Caribbean blue, and canary yellow. But an inevitable gentrification of this tiny district has brought renovation and restoration to of many of the historic buildings making way for hip and ethnic restaurants, boutique shops, and beautifully restored charming cottage style homes on some of the streets. Now the home of a small thriving African-American community, the village is a treasured island district that is working hard to retain its distinct cultural heritage. A few renovated cottage homes, mostly on parameter of the village, are now available as vacation rentals. Bordering the downtown shopping area of Old Town Key West, you can walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 5 to 10 minutes.

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Truman Annex

Truman AnnexThe residential district of 'Truman Annex' is an upscale gated island neighborhood that was renamed for President Harry Truman who spent his winters in at the Annex at his home known as 'The Little White House.' Located on Front Street, the former president's stately residence is now the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum. Original military grounds encompassing over 100 acres were redesigned and renovated by a private developer in the 1990's. Now grounds throughout the Truman Annex are park-like, exquisitely landscaped and manicured to picturesque perfection, making it a delightful neighborhood to walk and bicycle. White picket fences, freshly clipped hedges, green grounds and fountains create an impressive back drop for a stroll to town. Original military officer's homes, now renovated as large private luxury mansions, display both Italian and Greek Revival architectural styles. Towards the south end of the Annex, small new row town homes with tin roofs and sitting porches were built in the classic Southern Cottage style. Just out the gate towards the ocean is Forty Zachary Taylor, now a State Park with one of the nicest beaches on the island. From here you are just a 5 to 10 minute walk to Duval Street, the center of downtown Old Town Key West, and the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration.

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Heart of Old Town

Heart of Old TownThe center district of Old Town Key West is the "residential heart." Historic streets are lined with more and more wooden Victorian homes and cottages built by early ship builders and men of wealth. Some were even built in the Bahamas and brought by boat to Key West. A hand full of side streets intersect with little lanes with names like Love Lane, Nassau Lane, Poorhouse Lane, and Catholic Lane - each a reflection of a more innocent yesteryear. Earnest Hemmingway lived in this neighborhood and his home is now a museum open to the public. There are a variety of historic houses of worship throughout the area, and in the "center of the heart" of Old Town Key West is the historic graveyard with the important USS Maine monument. The Heart of Old Town also houses a select number of restored Victorian homes of wealth that are now offered as private vacation rental estates or bed and breakfast accommodations. From this area you can walk to Duval Street in 5 to 20 minutes.

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Casa Marina

Casa MarinaThe signature building for this section of Key West is the historic 1920's Henry Flagler Hotel. Flagler developed the overseas railway that extended all the way from the mainland of Florida to Key West with his luxurious ocean front building as a prominent destination. Now named the Casa Marina, this small exclusive residential district has grown into one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Old Town Key West. In the mid 1900's this area was considered the "country side" of the island, and the modern day result leaves a legacy of outstanding turn-of-the-century, mid-century and modern architecture with beautiful gardens and more yard space than is typically found in the other residential districts in Old Town Key West. This a quiet residential area, close to the Atlantic Ocean, beach front restaurants, the Southernmost Point of the United States, the South end of Duval Street, and the White Street gallery and shopping area. There are a few select homes available to rent in this area, mostly as monthly or seasonal rentals only. From this area you are a 3 to 5 minute walk to the beach and a 20 minute walk to Duval Street.

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The Meadows

The MeadowsThis exclusive residential area of Reliabank customer service Town Key West is really an extension of the Old Town Historic Seaport District where the harbor 'rounds the bend.' It was originally developed as a suburban neighborhood in the early 1900's and has a distinctively gracious and private feel with wider tree lined streets and larger yards. There is less commercial development than the seaport side of White Street and the center of Old Town. Yet, the Meadows is flanked by White Street that offers many locally favorite restaurants, art galleries, bakeries, and shops. While many of the Meadow's residents live in Key West year around, there are some homes available for rent mostly to seasonal guests. From here you can walk to the Historic Seaport in 5 to 10 minutes and walk to Duval Street in 20 minutes.


Tennessee Williams - White St. Gallery

Tennessee Williams - White St. GalleryFlowing from the east side of White Street to Leon Street, and the south side of Truman Avenue to Flagler Street, this area of Key West encompasses Bayview Park, one of the island's largest green zones that offers tennis courts and a large gazebo mostly used to stage small local island gatherings. White Street, air fryer oven walmart to by many as "The Local's Duval," offers a culturally diverse assortment of locally favorite businesses including restaurants, bakeries, Cuban Coffee Shops, consignment shops, tile stores, small grocery stores, and art galleries. A new prominent variety of art galleries now deems it the "White Street Gallery District", and because the former home of Tennessee Williams is in this neighborhood this district is also his namesake. The architecture presents an eclectic variety of mid 1900's to mid 20th century architecture to create an authentic Key West neighborhood ambience. While it is mostly the home of full time residents, it's central yet "off-the-beaten-path" location has made it a favorite of seasonal renters, and a very select few properties are available to rent as short term vacation rentals. From here you can walk to the beach in 5 minutes and to Duval Street in 20 to 25 minutes.

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Beachside

BeachsideThis area of Key West is often referred to as the beachside neighborhood due to the close proximity to the southern shore of the island. It runs roughly from Flagler Street to the southern shore and White Street to Bertha Street, and then winds along South Roosevelt Blvd. This part of the island feels like a beach town neighborhood with light ocean breezes, and it's not unusual to see folks walking or biking to Higgs or Smathers Beach in their bathing suits with towel and cooler under arm. A paved biking and walking path stretches along the southern shore dotted with parks and food and water sport concessions making it easy to stroll or bike. There are two Civil War Forts along the waterfront, West Martello near Higgs Beach and East Martello a little further down near Smathers Beach. Residential architecture in this area consists mostly of renovated mid-century homes, a few streets off the beach, and some modern estate residences closer to the beach. Along the water are a few luxury condominium complexes. The neighborhood is a mixture of year around and seasonal residences. There a few homes available to rent, and a select few exclusive condominiums are also available as short term vacation rentals. The paved beach path makes it fun and easy to ride a bike to downtown Old Town Key West in 10 to 15 minutes. Since the island is flat, it is also a nice easy 30 minute walk with lots to see along the way.

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Mid Town

Mid TownSandwiched between the White Street Gallery district and New Town Key West, the blurred boundaries of the hammock company key west section are generally described as Leon to White streets, and North Roosevelt Blvd., to Flagler Ave. Mid-Town Key West is decisively residential, created from landfill in the 1940's and 1950's to allow for early suburban development. Architecture mostly reflects the style of modest mid-century homes with nice big yards. Many local families live in this home town neighborhood. But with sky rocketing property values in Key West since the late1990's, these homes too are creatively renovated into unique island dream homes with lush tropical landscaping and swimming pools. This little "off-the-beaten-path" neighborhood is so close to the beach, White Street, and New Town Key West, many consider it the perfect location. An occasional home in this neighborhood is available for rent as a seasonal vacation rental. It takes about 20 minutes to bike to Upper Duval. While most people don't walk from here to town, it goes quicker than you would imagine and there is much to see along the way.

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New Town

New TownWhen viewed in entirety, most of the island of Key West is comprised of New Town, and as with Mid-Town, this real estate was originally created from landfill. Within the boundaries of this area are three distinct areas. First Street to Kennedy Drive, and then Riviera Drive to Patterson Avenue, is primarily a residential area for local full time Key West residents. Many of our children and grand children are growing up in this neighborhood. It is within walking distance to Key West High School, one of our main elementary schools, the ball stadium and the skate board park. As with mid-town, many local families are now turning their homes into major dream homes. Along the extreme north of the island along North Roosevelt Blvd. you will find "Anywhere USA," with shopping centers, fast food restaurants, big name brand stores, gas stations, and chain hotels. Then east of Kennedy Drive to the end of the island is another New Town residential area, again mostly inhabited by locals. The last few blocks at the northern end of the island has large luxurious modern homes with large yards, and across Flagler Avenue along Riviera Drive there are a few private waterfront palatial villas. While New Town may seem a world away from the turn-of-the-century charm of Old Town Key West, it holds a unique fascination as the home of many intriguing and colorful characters making new Key West history. Occasionally homes in New Town can be rented as seasonal vacation rentals. From here you can easily ride your bike to Old Town, but most people drive.


Southside Resort

Southside ResortAlong the extreme southeast shore of Key West are a several European and Caribbean Style resort condominium hotel complexes that make up the Southside resort area. Stylishly built, these lushly landscaped complexes are designed to offer on property amenities such as swimming pools, restaurants, and tennis courts all within walking distance to the beach. The resort complexes located in this area of Key West are close the hammock company key west the airport and were developed specifically for tourists and often offer luxury amenities at an affordably priced option to Old town. Ride a bike to Old Town District in about 25 to 30 minutes, or take a 10 minute cab ride.


Northside Resort

Northside ResortThis section of Key West begins at the entrance of the island where U.S. Highway 1 jogs north to become North Roosevelt Blvd. A larger development of condominium hotels and time shares has now replaced older chain beachfront motels at the entrance point. A number of newer mid-priced chain hotels dot along North Roosevelt Blvd. on the north parameter of New Town. All the conveniences of New Town shopping centers and chain restaurants make it a convenient and, at some locations, a more affordable rental option. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to drive to Old Town. A paved path along the water makes it easy to bike or walk and get your exercise while you walk downtown.


Golf Course - Coral Hammock

Golf Course - Coral HammockJust outside the entrance point of Key West on the gulf side of U.S. Highway 1 is the Key West Golf and Country Club Community. Built as a planned gated community this beautiful residential area offers luxury villas and tropical town home residences on an 18 hole 6500 yard Rees Jones design golf course. Some of the residences at the golf course community are available as seasonal or monthly rentals. Just across U.S. Highway 1 on the east side, is the Coral Hammock Condominium Resort Complex that offers private resort condos amidst lush tropical landscaping and a beautiful resort swimming pool. Residences at Coral Hammock are available to rent as shorter term vacation rentals. Architecture at both the Golf Course and Coral Hammock locations is Key West "plantation style" with white picket fences, sitting porches and balconies, lush tropical landscaping and traditional tin roofs. Drive into Old Town Key West in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Sunset Key

Sunset KeySunset Key is a gorgeous 27 acre private tropical island located the hammock company key west 500 yards off-shore from Key West, where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet and become your own stunning back yard. Paradise grounds are perfectly manicured with palm trees, tropical flower gardens, white picket fences, narrow brick roads, and from here you'll experience some of the most amazing sunsets you'll see anywhere in the world. A distinctive collection of elegant luxury island homes and cottages built in classic Key West Victorian architectural style with wide sitting porches, tin roofs, wrap verandas, and white picket fences become your unique neighborhood. Designed for the sophisticated traveler with discerning tastes, Sunset Key is a relaxing and quiet resort island, offering 5 - Star Westin Resort Amenities, where you can leave your stresses and burdens of the 'real world' behind. When you're ready to take in the sites and excitement of Key West, you're only a 5 minute ferry ride away.

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*The City of Key West is divided into six political districts, each lead by an elected City of Key West Commissioner. You can see the City of Key West political district map. While the boundaries of these political districts do frequently overlay with the real estate districts described here, these descriptions are designed to accentuate the unique features mostly relating to architectural styles, neighborhood ambience, and historical interest, and in no way are intended to re-define these political districts.

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Thread: Key West Florida; any place to hang there?????

  • 05-07-2014, 18:57#1

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    Key West Florida; any place to hang there?????

    Okay, a long shot; I have to go to Miami in a few weeks for a business meeting. I'm seriously thinking of driving down and then driving to Key West after the meeting. Here's the question, does anyone know if I can "hang" anywhere in Key West?

    I would guess not but thought I'd take a stab in the dark and ask.

    If you have any info on this, or even hanging in a park or forest in Southern Florida, please let me know!!!

    Thanks
    Gideon


  • 05-07-2014, 19:28#2

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    Shoot Keyshangin a PM. He lives down there and will be able to tell you where you can hang.

    "As a well spent day brings happy sleep, a well spent life brings happy death." -Da Vinci


  • 05-07-2014, 20:09#3

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    IM NOT AN EXPERT ! but this is what I know.I just got back from there last week. The answer is yes, you can hang your hammock on the beach at night between palms. I saw at least one person do it while I was there. That being said you would need to remove it in the morning and keep everything on the down low. The problem is a lot of homeless people sleep on the beach at night so you would definitely be sleeping with some of those types. If you want privacy like "camping" do some research on the dry tortugas they allow camping and it's awesome. You might also want to check out some of the other lower keys such as sugar loaf key.

    Keywest doesn't really have much private camping spots as far as primitive camping is concerned.


  • 05-07-2014, 21:35#4

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    Spent 9 weeks there in my youth while in the navy, Torpedoman's school. A native Floridian and it is one of my least favorite places in Florida. It may have just been the conditions. Old enough to service my country but not old enough to have a beer. As far as hanging, no clue.

    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, the hammock company key west Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.


  • 05-08-2014, 10:25#5

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    Check out the KOA campground, it's part tent and part RV there's a ton of spots in the back and it's only 20min from Key West and 30min from Bahia Honda

    The place is great I definitely recommend it

    http://www.keywestkoa.com/


  • 05-08-2014, 10:42#6

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by TechnoParanoiaView Post

    Check out the KOA campground, it's part tent and part RV there's a ton of spots in the back and it's only 20min from Key West and 30min from Bahia Honda

    The place is great I definitely recommend it

    http://www.keywestkoa.com/

    I typed in a couple of dates to check out the cost for tenting . $80.00 a night for 5 nights in June . wow . hard on the wallet.

    STinGa

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  • 05-08-2014, 11:12#7

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    give the folks @ BOYD'S a ring

    http://boydscampground.com/

    they do have some sites w/ trees, good facilities & are on THE KEY

    if you need to stake anything out, take BRIDGE NAILS & A BFH(they sell the nails, @ a premium, & will loan you a hammer), the KEY is solid coral & d. hard to put a stake into

    for great fresh seafood @ a reasonable $$, give THE RUSTY ANCHOR a try

    http://www.rustyanchor.com/

    RUSTY'S FAMOUS CONCH STEAK is prime vitt'ls

    fidelity bank and trust anamosa iowa around the corner from BOYD'S

    watch out where you park, in KEY WEST, their parking tickets are freely passed the hammock company key west and quite expensive

    sw

    "we are the people our parents warned us about" jb

    steve


  • 05-08-2014, 11:38#8

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    Thanks for the input folks, I really appreciate it!!!!!

    Gideon


  • 05-08-2014, 11:50#9

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    Had another thought; I'll be in Miami so does anyone know of a good tent/hammock camping spot near the ocean but anywhere within a few hours drive of Miami?

    Thanks
    Gideon


  • 05-08-2014, 12:12#10

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by JaxxView Post

    .If you want privacy like "camping" do some research on the dry tortugas they allow camping and it's awesome.

    What! Dry Tortugas has palm trees where you can hammock camp? Overnite?!? If so, this one is shooting to #1 on the bucket list. I just can't imagine how awesome that would be. Probably be calling out for 'Wilson' after a couple of hours!

    "I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, the hammock company key west of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe. ?"
    - Kate Chopin


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    Kelly Grinter: Steward of Keys Wild Birds

    Florida Keys News

    Kelly Grinter estimates she’s rescued and released more than 20,000 injured birds since she founded the Marathon Wild Bird Center in 1995.

    The wild bird sanctuary at Marathon’s Crane Point Hammock Museum and Nature Center has 11 habitats, about 40 permanent residents — including Oliver the osprey and Mr. Black-Bellied Plover — and staffer Grinter, although 20 loyal volunteers such as friend Dee Dee Schmitt assist. 

    Besides birds, the center also rescues small orphaned or injured mammals, transferring them to a specialized rehabilitator in Tavernier.

    Getting laid off as a graphic designer/artist at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston at age 26, when the company merged with another, led Massachusetts native Grinter to find her life’s mission. 

    She learned about wildlife rehabilitation from Laura Quinn, founder of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, as an intern. A wild bird stabilization operation at Knight’s Key Campground was overwhelmed with injured birds in need of medical attention. Grinter transported injured creatures to Tavernier for treatment. 

    Quinn asked Grinter if she wanted to start her own rescue center, advising her to go to Crane Point and to meet Richie Moretti, founder and director of Marathon’s Turtle Hospital.

    Grinter also managed the Key West Wildlife Center at Indigenous Park off White Street from 2005 to 2007. 

    Last year, she celebrated the Marathon Wild Bird Center’s 25th anniversary. In the next two years, she hopes to build a new wild bird facility at Crane Point.

    Keys Traveler: When did you first come to the Florida Keys and why?

    Kelly Grinter: I drove down to the Keys in April 1994 to do a six-week internship at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier and get a crash course in wildlife rehabilitation so I could return to Massachusetts and rehab skunks and porcupines. But things changed. Originally, I didn’t even think much about birds, but Laura Quinn took me on. Now I the hammock company key west birds!

    KT: What aspects of the Keys environment or way of life matter most to you? 

    KG: Seeing familiar faces all over is an important part of my overall way of island life. Whether it’s in a store, at the post office or on a bird rescue, our community is unique in that it’s made up of locals — new and seasoned — and snowbirds. Marathon is a small town and it’s nice to see someone you know pretty much everywhere.

    KT: Who or what inspired you to become passionate about respecting and protecting the Keys’ natural world? 

    KG: Each bird I admit into our care inspires me. I look into each patient’s eyes and hope I’m doing right by them. Their stories allow me to engage visitors to the bird center at Crane Point whenever I walk along the educational display birds or when feeding our flock of pelicans. By telling visitors why specific birds are here, it makes it more personal to them. I picked up Oliver, our osprey, off the runway at the Marathon airport 19 years ago. With its partial wing and big talons, Oliver now has a story. 

    KT: How does that passion influence your work or profession?

    KG: Keys birds are my passion. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I still learn something new every single day. Wanting to help them, wanting to give them a chance to be free again, influences my path.

    KT: What are some of the ways, personally or through your work, that you connect with the local environment and unique lifestyle? 

    KG: The Marathon bird center is at Crane Point, with 64 acres of hardwood hammock and coastline. I’ve never tired of the view within the hammock company key west on my drive to work. I absolutely love Crane Point. It’s a hidden gem.

    KT: What keeps you energized and focused on your path?

    KG: The future and the unknown keep me energized, challenged and focused. The same things need to get done every day, but every day there are new things that need to get done. It makes my life interesting and meaningful.

    KT: What do you hope your positive environmental actions will accomplish? 

    KG: I hope my actions will encourage others to share what they heard me say or saw me do. There’s a lesson in everything. I tell others to pick up any line and hooks they find. People always look surprised, but then agree. The more knowledge is shared, the less wildlife suffers.

    KT: What message do you want sams credit synchrony bank actions and example to communicate to people you encounter? 

    KG: Be kind to animals, especially our Florida Keys birds, and everyone should volunteer somewhere some of the time.

    KT: What’s your favorite natural or eco-friendly activity in the Keys?

    KG: I’m blessed with a home 100 paces from the water’s edge. My son and I really enjoy taking our kayaks out to explore the ocean whenever we get a chance. Being able to grab an hour or two of “vitamin sea” almost any day of the year is part of the beauty of living in the Keys. This is when we get to do a little bird-watching ourselves.

    Kelly Grinter and her son enjoy taking kayaks out to explore the ocean whenever they get a chance.

    Kelly Grinter and her son enjoy taking kayaks out to explore the ocean whenever they get a chance.

    Grinter estimates she’s rescued and released more than 20,000 injured birds since she founded the Marathon Wild Bird Center in 1995.

    Grinter estimates she’s rescued and released more than 20,000 injured birds since she founded the Marathon Wild Bird Center in 1995.

    Kelly learned about wildlife rehabilitation from Laura Quinn, founder of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, as an intern.

    Kelly learned about wildlife rehabilitation from Laura Quinn, founder of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, as an intern.

    Last year, the Marathon Wild Bird Center celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    Last year, the Marathon Wild Bird Center celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    Grinter and son Noah, 10, who is also learning the value of volunteering and helping Florida Keys wildlife.

    Grinter and son Noah, 10, who is also learning the value of volunteering and helping Florida Keys wildlife.

    This article was updated on May 18, 2021 at 2:02 PM

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