A northern passage to the Atlantic side off north Key Largo
by way of Jewfish Creek (via Barnes and Card Sounds), and a southern passage through Tavernier Creek, are the other options.
Fire ants are associated with disturbed habitats, and much of the land in north Key Largo
had at one point been slated for development.
Pumpkin Key, a low-lying 25-acre mangrove island just off the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo
, Florida has been the unlucky beneficiary of one such designation.
The reef extends for 128 miles, from North Key Largo
to the Dry Tortugas, and contains fish, stony and soft corals, sponges, jellyfish, anemones, snails, crabs, lobsters, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, dolphins, sea birds, and other sea life.
The reasons for Sartin's ruling went well beyond Key deer, which he said "cannot tolerate further development without facing extinction." He also feared that additional development would hamper hurricane-evacuation plans; destroy "the unique environmental characteristics and importance" of North Key Largo
, Ohio Key and Coupon Bight; and threaten water quality in the area.
North Key Largo
(take Card Sound Road) is a bit desolate, except at the northerly tip, where the exclusive Ocean Reef Club hosts movie stars, political giants and jetsetting CEOs.
I recently tested the 33 out of Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo
. With me were Phil Bourque, Mag Bay Yachts VP of Sales, and Frank De Varona of Yachting Experts, the South Florida and Caribbean dealer.
Off the Whistle buoy in North Key Largo
is a good place to look for structure.