Stock Island

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This article is about the island. For the census-designated place, see Stock Island, Florida.
Stock Island from the north. Florida Keys Community College can be seen to the far left. A large land fill is in the center, and a marina/resort is on the right.

Stock Island is an island in the lower Florida Keys immediately east of Key West (separated from Key West by Cow Key Channel, which is only about 75 yards (70 m) wide). Immediately northwest is Key Haven (official name Raccoon Key), from which it is connected by causeway with US 1 (the Overseas Highway). The part north of U.S. 1 is part of the City of Key West, while the southern part is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monroe County, Florida, United States.[1] The population of the CDP was 4,410 at the 2000 census. Supposedly named for herds of livestock formerly kept there. Alternatively, some local historians suggest that it may be named for an early settler.[2]

Geography[edit]

Stock Island is located at 24°34′12″N 81°44′15″W / 24.57000°N 81.73750°W / 24.57000; -81.73750 (24.570075, -81.737376).[3]

U.S. 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at approximately mile markers 4—6, immediately east of Key West.

The northern side of stock island is home to the Key West Golf Course and the Monroe County Detention Center. The southern side of the island is home to numerous mobile homes and marinas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zoning Map. City of Key West. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  2. ^ http://keys.fiu.edu/gazetteer/00000611.htm "Key Names" Florida Keys Gazetteer
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.