Islamorada, Florida

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Islamorada, Florida
One of a few beaches on the Atlantic side of Islamorada
One of a few beaches on the Atlantic side of Islamorada
Motto(s): 
"Village Of Islands"
Location of Islamorada, Florida
Location of Islamorada, Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
Coordinates: 24°56′9″N 80°36′49″W / 24.93583°N 80.61361°W / 24.93583; -80.61361Coordinates: 24°56′9″N 80°36′49″W / 24.93583°N 80.61361°W / 24.93583; -80.61361
Country United States
StateFlorida
County Monroe
Area
 • Total6.70 sq mi (17.35 km2)
 • Land6.45 sq mi (16.70 km2)
 • Water0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total6,119
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
6,317
 • Density979.53/sq mi (378.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33036, 33070
Area code(s)305
FIPS code12-34132[3]
Websitewww.islamorada.fl.us

Islamorada (also sometimes Islas Morada) is an incorporated village in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located directly between Miami and Key West on five islandsTea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key—in the Florida Keys.

History[edit]

The name Islamorada (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈizla moˈɾaða]), came from early Spanish explorers in the area. It translates to "purple island" in Spanish.

Islamorada was the location of one of the stations of the Overseas Railroad.

Islamorada was hit almost directly by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, causing 423 deaths.[4] A memorial, including the ashes of over 300 victims, exists today at Overseas Highway mile marker 82.[5]

Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams began visiting Islamorada in 1943 and for the next 45 years was the island's most well-known resident[vague].[6] After his retirement from baseball he became the national spokesman for Sears sporting goods, and became renowned for his abilities as a fisherman. Over the decades, he hosted numerous celebrities at his Islamorada house and took them on local fishing trips.

The village was incorporated on November 4, 1997. Prior to this date, "Islamorada" referred to the evolving community island of Upper Matecumbe Key.

At the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 6,119.

Geography[edit]

Islamorada is located at 24°56′9″N 80°36′49″W / 24.93583°N 80.61361°W / 24.93583; -80.61361.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.2 square miles (19 km2), of which 7.1 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.93%) is water.

Islamorada is located approximately 1.5 hours driving time south of Miami and approximately 2 hours driving time northeast of Key West.

Islamorada is located approximately 19 nautical miles southwest of John Pennekamp Coral Reef.

With its position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Islamorada is on migration routes for many large fish species. Therefore, Islamorada is informally known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World.[8]

Climate[edit]

Islamorada has a tropical savanna climate (Aw), similar to the rest of the Florida Keys.

Climate data for Islamorada, Florida, 1991-2020 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 75.2
(24.0)
76.7
(24.8)
78.1
(25.6)
81.0
(27.2)
83.7
(28.7)
86.8
(30.4)
88.7
(31.5)
89.1
(31.7)
88.3
(31.3)
85.1
(29.5)
80.2
(26.8)
77.6
(25.3)
82.5
(28.1)
Daily mean °F (°C) 69.8
(21.0)
71.7
(22.1)
73.5
(23.1)
76.7
(24.8)
79.9
(26.6)
82.4
(28.0)
84.1
(28.9)
84.1
(28.9)
83.5
(28.6)
80.7
(27.1)
75.7
(24.3)
72.7
(22.6)
77.9
(25.5)
Average low °F (°C) 64.5
(18.1)
66.7
(19.3)
68.9
(20.5)
72.4
(22.4)
76.1
(24.5)
78.1
(25.6)
79.5
(26.4)
79.1
(26.2)
78.6
(25.9)
76.2
(24.6)
71.3
(21.8)
67.9
(19.9)
73.3
(22.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.97
(25)
1.32
(34)
1.32
(34)
2.76
(70)
2.35
(60)
5.08
(129)
3.85
(98)
5.61
(142)
8.09
(205)
4.51
(115)
1.59
(40)
1.23
(31)
38.68
(982)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.8 4.4 4.4 3.8 6.4 9.5 9.6 9.9 12.0 9.2 5.6 7.3 86.9
Source: NOAA[9][10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19701,251
19801,44115.2%
19901,220−15.3%
20006,846461.1%
20106,119−10.6%
2019 (est.)6,317[2]3.2%
source:[11]

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,119 people, 2,882 households, and 1,673 families residing in the village. The population density was 838.2 inhabitants per square mile (325.4/km2). There were 5,692 housing units at an average density of 767.7 per square mile (296.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.54% White, 0.72% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.63% of the population.

There were 2,882 households, out of which 17.04% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.13% were married couples living together, 5.76% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.95% were non-families. 31.78% of all households were made up of individuals, and 33.24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 13.86% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 35.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,522, and the median income for a family was $56,118. Males had a median income of $31,339 versus $25,670 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,519. 6.9% of the population and 3.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.0% are under the age of 18 and 4.5% are 65 or older.

Neighborhoods[edit]

Official neighborhoods within the village are:

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to schools in the Monroe County School District.

  • Plantation Key School
  • Coral Shores High School
  • Treasure Village Montessori Charter School
  • Islamorada Public Library-Helen Wadley Branch is part of the Monroe County Public Library System in the Florida Keys. The first public library in the Keys opened in Key West in 1853, and today there are five locations throughout the Keys that serve over 350,000 young people and adults. The current Islamorada library is housed in a WPA building, built originally as the Matecumbe School in the late 1930s. It was designed to be hurricane proof. As the number of children attending the school increased, they were moved to a larger school and the building housed several other entities before opening as the Islamorada Branch of the Monroe County Library in 1966.It was not considered the “usual” library as it offered couches, tea and coffee. Today the building is a little bigger than it was when it first opened its doors in 1938. Two additions were made, one in 1983 and another in 1999. (Bertelli, 2015) The library was rededicated in 1983, in honor of Mrs. Helen Wadley, a true friend of the library. [13]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Much of the action in the Netflix series Bloodline takes place in and around Islamorada:

  • In the season 1 premiere episode, Islamorada is the Academy Bus stop where John Rayburn is scheduled to pick up his brother Danny, and the station where John drops Danny off soon afterward. In both cases, the bus is a shiny-clean Academy Bus.[17] In episode 11, John drives Danny to the bus stop in Islamorada again, and Danny finally boards a Miami-bound, dirt-encrusted Sunnyside Coaches bus.[18]
  • John and his sister's boyfriend Marco Diaz are both detectives in the Monroe County Sheriff's Department; "Islamorada District" can be seen labeling their police boat.[17][18]
  • In season 2, episode 6 (Part 19), Diana is running in Islamorada's Founders Park[19][20] when she discovers her tire is flat; Danny's associate Ozzie Delveccio just happens to be nearby and changes her tire, leaving his prints on her tire iron. John notes the tire has been neatly cut, runs the prints, and confirms a connection between Ozzie and Danny.
  • In season 2, episode 7 (Part 20), Meg tells Marco that Sarah drowned in Whale Harbor, a well known harbor in Islamorada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Becnel, Tom; Grimes, David (11 January 2011). Florida Curiosities, 3rd. Globe Pequot. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-7627-7495-1.
  5. ^ http://www.keyshistory.org/hurrmemorial.html
  6. ^ Montville, Leigh (13 April 2004). Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-385-50749-3.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Islamorada, Florida". FishingBooker.
  9. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "Summary of Monthly Normals 1991-2020". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing (1790–2000)". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2010. Census figures from 1970 to 1990 are for "Islamorada CDP".CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "WPA Concrete Schools". www.keyshistory.org. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  14. ^ "Gene Hackman struck by car while riding bike". CNN. January 14, 2012.
  15. ^ "Leaving it all behind". The Dallas Morning News. June 14, 2009. p. 11C.
  16. ^ "Robert Rich, Jr". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  17. ^ a b "Part 1". Bloodline. Season 1. March 20, 2015. Netflix.
  18. ^ a b "Part 11". Bloodline. Season 1. March 20, 2015. Netflix.
  19. ^ "Founders Park (Islamorada, Florida)". TripAdvisor.
  20. ^ "Founders Park". Islamorada, Village of Islands, Florida.

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