No Name Key

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No Name Key
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Key deer walking on No Name Key.
No Name Key is located in Florida
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No Name Key is located in Caribbean
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No Name Key (Caribbean)
Geography
LocationGulf of Mexico
Coordinates24°41′33″N 81°19′34″W / 24.6926°N 81.3260°W / 24.6926; -81.3260Coordinates: 24°41′33″N 81°19′34″W / 24.6926°N 81.3260°W / 24.6926; -81.3260
ArchipelagoFlorida Keys
Adjacent bodies of waterFlorida Straits
Administration
StateFlorida
CountyMonroe

No Name Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys in the United States.[1] It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from US 1 and sparsely populated, with only 43 homes. It is only about 1,140 acres (460 hectares) [2]in comparison to its larger neighbor, Big Pine Key, which lies about half a mile (800 m) to its west. It is accessible by a concrete bridge from Big Pine Key and was the terminus of a car ferry that existed before the present Overseas Highway was built on the remains of Flagler's Overseas Railroad.[3]

Electricity[edit]

No Name Key was known for not being connected to the commercial power grid as a local county ordinance prohibited it. Residents mostly used a combination of solar energy and diesel or gas generators.[4]

This prohibition of commercial electricity sparked a lawsuit between the No Name Key Property Owners and the Monroe County. In May 2013 the Florida Public Service Commission exercised their jurisdiction over public utilities and issued Order PSC-13-0207-PAA-EM declaring the residents had a right to commercial electrical power. A week later the circuit court issued a Writ of Mandamus ordering the county to issue the permits necessary to connect the residential homes to the commercial electric grid.

On May 29, 2013 the decades-long battle over electricity ended as the residents began connecting to the commercial electric grid.[4]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Native fauna of No Name Key include the endangered Key deer.[3][5]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viele, J. (1996). The Florida Keys: A History of the Pioneers. Florida's history through its places. Pineapple Press. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-56164-101-7. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Jerry (2013). "History of no Name Key". Keys Historeum. Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Tiny Fla. Island Debates Joining Electric Grid". NPR. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  4. ^ a b Keith, J. (2014). June Keith's Key West & The Florida Keys: A Guide to the Coral Islands. None. Palm Island Press. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-9743524-9-7. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Hunt, B. (2011). Visiting Small-Town Florida. Pineapple Press, Incorporated. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-56164-488-9. Retrieved September 7, 2017.

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