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Hawks Cay and Duck Key News - February April 2011

HAWKS CAY NEWS - February, March, April 2011


Hawks Cay Vacation Promotion administered through Conde Nast Travel

A Hawks Cay promotion administered by Conde Nast is offering the chance of a vacation at the resor. The promotion t runs from March 4, 2011 to June 15, 2011.

Entrants can use the internet to join the Conde Nast Navigation Panel


they can print their name, address, e-mail address (optional), and daytime telephone number on a 3.5" x 5" to 4.25" x 6" post card and mail it to: Condé Nast Traveler, Navigator Panel Sweepstakes, 4 Times Square, 14th floor, New York NY 10036

Click on the Hawks Cay image below for contest rules


Hawks Cay Sailfish Open- February 2011- Duck Key, Florida

The Edge



$250,000 enrich Hawks Cay Sailfish Open -- Sailfishing's finest professional anglers competed in the waters around Duck Key during the Sailfish Pro Series' Sailfish Open, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 10-12, at Hawks Cay Resort, Mile Marker 61 oceanside. Registration rules allowed professional guides, captains and mates to participate as anglers. Friday's fishing starts with lines in the water at 8 a.m. and continued until 4 p.m., capped by a 6 p.m. cocktail party. Saturday's lines-in started 8 a.m. with lines-out at 2 p.m. Anglers competef for more than $250,000 in prize money, including a first-place payout of $50,000.

At total of1 42 sailfish were caught and released over the two day period.

The 2011 Sailfish Open winning boat was The Edge with 16 releases over the two day competition. Viva La Vida placed second with 9 catches. Savanna Lynn, and Vitamin Sea Too came in third and fourthalso with 9 releases. Qualifie was fifth with 8 releases.. The 2011 Sailfish Openis the second of four tournaments in the Sailfish Pro Series, including the Sailfish Cup that concluded in November.


Tournament crowd


Viva La Vida



The boat basin (Lake Lucille) at Duck Key is not available for the anchoring of boats. The basin is a manmade waterway. and anchoring is not available.



Above is an image of a sailboat which anchored in Lake Lucille overnight February 13th. Overnight anchorage in Lake Lucille, Duck Key is not allowed. Possibly the owners weren't aware of this, but some might conjecture that they were just trying to save dock rental fees at Hawks Cay Resort.

Lake Lucille - Generally sleep aboards are not allowed to dock at Lake Lucille. Boats may tie up to the Hawks Cay Village dock along the perimeter of Lake Lucille, but vessel owners must rent accommodations at the Village or resort inn

Duck Key Canals - Sleep and live aboards are not allowed in boats docked at Duck Key canals nor in manmade canals elsewhere in Monroe County other than in licensed marina or mooring locations.

Hawks Cay does not allow random moorings in the back basin, but sometimes a boat will sneak in and out. Hawks Cay reported that lately a number of boats have tried mooring around the Resort and that the resort has had them moved or removed.

Ironically, the boat which anchoed in Lake Lucille for "free" was named Integrity and came out of Newport, R.I.

According to Wikipedia "the actual town of Newport is not as wealthy as many think: its median household income is only a mere $40,669, . . . below the national median (and only the forty-second highest in the state). Despite this, the town is home to many large estates and is a popular summer home location for the wealthy. "




After the Integrity left on February 14, two new boats anchored in Lake Lucille.



The Integrity returned in April and attempted to anchor in Lake Lucille but was told anchoring in manmade waterway was not allowed.


Hawks Cay, Once A Favorite of Congressional Staffers

A new internet site has begun to focus on travel Information from Congressional file. Data is now readily available.

All members of Congress and certain key staffers must file financial disclosures with a variety of financial information that might identify possible conflicts of interest with their official duties.

From 2001 to 2005 Hawks Cay was a favorite location to visit while "fact finding". Staffers visited to "gain an understanding of how electric cooperatives operate in remote regions". The lobbying sponsor was the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Twenty-nine staffers stayed. The "fact finding" visits cost the lobbying organization The Rural Electric Cooperative Association paid individuals around $400 toward transportation, $900 for 3 days lodging and $300 for meals.

Congressionmen as well as staffers take these "privately funded trips". U. S. Senators and Representative in Congress have many perks, and having travel paid for by others is one of them. The website, LegiStorm, found that private sponsors for the first half of 2010 spent over $1,750,000 to pay for Congressional retreats and jaunts.Interestingly, many of these "fact finding trips take place in ski areas like Steam Boat Springs in the winter months or at a tropical paradise like Hawks Cay on Duck Key.

Below is a screen shot from an internet page at showing one Congressional staffer's travel in 2003. This staffer took three privately financed trips that year. One of the trips was to Hawks Cay to attend a conference sponsored by the National Rural electric Cooperative Association to learn about Rural Electric Cooperatives.

Duck Key and Hawks Cay can't compete with Hawai. Hawaii seems to be a favorite place for Staffers and Congressmen. The Legistorm website indicates that 166 individuals have traveled to Hawaii paid for through private funding. The American Association of Airport Executive sponsored trips to Hawaii and several other destinations at a cost of $652,120. Using Hawaii as a travel destination came to $155,131 in sponsored trip expenses whereas trips to Duck Key only amounted to $48,683.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida, 18th District) which includes the Florida Keys approved 57 trips for staffers at a sponsored cost of $181,264. Illeana has taken 12 trips at a cost of $79,748. Her top staffer has gone on 27 trips at a cost of $49,276.

Key West also beats out Duck Key as a destination.The Nature Conservancy, the Florida Municipal Electric Association, The Florida Municipal Power Association, The New Water Supply Coalition and the American College of Gastroenterology have paid a total of $65,131 in costs for Congressional staffers to learn about topics of mutual interest.

At you can search by staffer, senator, representative, sponsor, state or country visited and by expense. This is really an eye opening to the workings of government. A total of 30,594 trips in sponsored travel cost $67,462,18

President Carter Stays at Hawks Cay on Duck Key

Former President Carter and his wife Rosalynn spent their holiday vacation this December 2011 at a gated Sanctuary Villa accommodation on Duck Key. The Carter's holiday visit to Duck Key was not their first visit to the Florida Keys. In 1996, Carter and Rosalynn enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner at the Harry S Truman Little White House in Key West. They returned to the Key West White House in December of 2007 while cruising with some friends.

Carter fished offshore with Capt. Rich Tudor of the Saltwater Experience out of Hawk's Cay Marina. Tudor guided the Carter's small group of angler's to shallow patch ocean reefs several miles offshore. Light fishing tackle was used along with pilchards and shrimp for bait. The anglers caught a dozen different species of fish and more than seventy fish.

News reports quoted Tudor "We found an incredibly good bite of Spanish mackerel in about 15 feet of water and lots of action with snapper. The President is an impressively agile angler, and for someone who's fished all over the world, he said this was one of the best fishing days he's ever had." That evening the groups snapper and Spanish mackerel catch was served up for dinner at Hawks Cays Tom'sHarbor Restaurant.


Carter and wife Rosalynn also had an opportunity to interact with several dolphins at Hawks Cay. Pictured below, the former President shakes hands/flippers with Nemo, a resident dolphin at Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key. Rosalynn Carter also befriended Nemo. Several news reports referred to Duck Key as Hawks Cay Key.


Carter also visited the Turtle Hospital in Marathon and was pictured in local newspapers releasing a loggerhead sea turtle into ocean waters.



Hawks Csy Village Dock Renovation

This fall and winter the dock at the northern end of Lake Lucille (back boat basin) was completely rebuilt. The original concrete dock had been built in the 1960s and the northern section underwent limited repairs by developer Pritim Singh in the early 1990s with the building of Hawks Cay Village . The northern concrete dock bordering Lake Lucille has been replaced with a wooden dock and walkway.

Below are a few picture of the renovation








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