- "Tank Island" redirect here. For the island in New York see Tank Island (New York)
Sunset Key is a 27-acre (110,000 m2) residential neighborhood and resort island in the city of Key West, Florida, United States. It is located about 500 yards (460 m) off the coast of the island of Key West. The island is privately held among its residents, one of which is the Key West Westin which operates a small number of guest cottages. The island is accessible only by a shuttle boat that runs from the Westin Marina out to the island. The island consists of a total of 48 single-family homes and 21 vacant lots, all of which are valued at over $1.5 million.
Its closest neighbor is Wisteria Island, about 200 yards (180 m) north.
Ferry Boats: 2– 53 foot boats with inline 6 John Deere Turbo Diesel.-- 1- 30 Island Hopper with inline 6 Caterpillar 3116 Turbo Diesel.-- 1– 26 foot with inline 4 Yanmar Turbo Diesel 77 hp.
Sunset Key's official name is Tank Island. The United States Navy constructed Tank Island to serve as a fuel tank depot during the Cold War. Dredging began in 1965 to form the island as well as to build passageways for submarines and other large vessels. However, the Navy's plans changed and the island saw little military action. Only two of the twelve planned fuel tanks were constructed, and although the fuel lines were run, the tanks were never filled.
In 1986, the government sold off Tank Island and other anchorages in Key West in an auction to developer Pritam Singh from New England. In 1988, the tanks were dismantled while the remaining fuel lines served as conduits for water, sewage, and utility. Power cables were later laid alongside the existing fuel pipes.
In 1994, the island was re-purchased and renamed to Sunset Key. The island is now owned by Tom Walsh, who also owns the Westin Key West Resort & Marina.