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The Beautification of Duck Key  

 

 

 The Beautification of Duck Key

In the early 1950s Duck Key was not a lush tropical island. Prior to development visitors to Duck Key would see curved prop roots of red mangove trees existing along parts of the shore line and native palms and broad gumbo limbo trees rising above prickly pear cactus and sprawling scrub further inland.

Construction of canals, roads, and the placement of fill caused much of Duck Key to be scarified. Resort developer, John Newkirk, gave south Florida nurseryman, Jack Bard, the task of establishing a Duck Key Nursery and preserving selected native trees already established on the island. To these Bard added thousands of Florida native and exotic plants. New roads, homes and hotel buildings would be landscaped with mahogany, seagrape, Jamaican dogwood, crabwood, ironwood,date palms, coconut palms, and pigeon plum trees.

 

Property Association Efforts

Since its formation in 1971 the Duck Key Property Owners Association has had as one of its goals the beautification of Duck Key. In addition to a right of way maintenance program, DKPOA with membership support has undertaken a variety of projects. In the 1980s attempts were made at reestablishing coconut palms lost after a lethal yellow attack, and tabebulia and pongam trees were planted along Bimini Drive . In 1994 the beautiful Snyder 'Duck Key' Park was established near the entrance to the residential islands and in 1996 DKPOA completed extensive planting clearing, and pruning near island bridges.

In 2003 DKPOA held an island clean day and planted trees along Bimini Drive.

 

 

 

 

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