No Name Key

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Key deer on No Name Key in the Florida Keys.

No Name Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys in the United States.[1] It is 3 miles from US 1 and sparsely populated, with only 43 homes. It is a fairly small island in comparison to its neighbor, Big Pine Key, which lies about a half mile 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Native fauna of No Name Key include the endangered Key deer.[2][4]

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. ^ a b "Tiny Fla. Island Debates Joining Electric Grid". NPR. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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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Coordinates: 24°41′33″N 81°19′34″W / 24.6926°N 81.3260°W / 24.6926; -81.3260