No Name Key
No Name Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys in the United States. 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.
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.
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.
Flora and fauna
In popular culture
- No Name Key is featured in the 1966 spy novel Danger Key.
- No Name Key is featured in the military SF novel Gust Front by John Ringo
- No Name Key is featured in the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony .
- No Name Key is featured in the novel Torpedo Juice by Tim Dorsey.
- No Name Key was mentioned in Bones Season 3 Episode 5, "Mummy in the Maze".
- No Name Key is referenced in the 2008 Michael Crichton novel Pirate Latitudes.
- 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.
- "Tiny Fla. Island Debates Joining Electric Grid". NPR. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
- 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.
- 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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