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Duck Key in the Florida Keys

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The Community of Duck Key

Community Spirit and the Homeowners' Association

There are many elements necessary in the making of a good community. Duck Key seems to have all the ingredients. A prime factor in making Duck Key a pleasant community to live in is its people. The citizens of Duck Key are a friendly and active lot. Newcomers are welcomed to the community with open arms. Greetings and news is exchange between dog walkers each morning and when visiting the marina store for the newspapers and coffee. People who come to live on the island find the friendliness of the residents remarkable.

Much of the communal spirit has to do with the activities and good doings of the Duck Key Property Owner's Association. The Association offers a variety of social functions for its members each year. The social season starts off each November with a Welcome Back Snowbird Party. Since many island residents travel north for the summer and return in the fall, the Snowbird party is always well attended as everyone wants to see one another and renew friendships. Some other social functions are a Dinner Dance each January, women's luncheons, a fishing tournament, and a Senior Olympics centering around tennis competition. Over the summer months a July fourth party takes place.

Other social activity centers around tennis play, fishing outings, and the Women's book reading club.

Duck Key residents take pride in their community. Through the Duck Key Property Owners' Association residents pay a fee to have the road right of ways and plant areas by the islands' bridges maintained. They also maintain the islands' unique street signs and bridge ornamentation.

 

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE ISLAND

Duck Key has a number of unique community features.

Leaving US 1 visitors pass through the landscaped stone entranceway off the Overseas Highway. This entrance has changed and been widened over the years but at one time was identical to the old Spanish gateway leading into the city of St. Augustine. Also unique to Duck Key in the Keys are the island's marvelous arched bridges with their ballusters and urns. The first arched bridge one crosses is named after President Truman who vacationed on Duck Key in the 1960s. Flowing under the bridges are the island's canals which are free flowing and cleansed with the change of tides.

The residential islands are surrounded with a moat like canal separating the private residences from the public resort. And protecting the island homes and vessels from the violence of a fickle sea is a 60 to 70 foot wide waterway behind a rock revetment or low breakwater. This man-made bracelet of coral boulders not only provides a channel for boats, but its double rip rap construction provides added safety against ocean storms.

Another remarkable feature is the islands' architecture.The original buildings, i.e., hotel. administration building, and residences are all influenced by West Indian architecture.

 

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