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Key changes

Key changes

The Florida Keys, with their strict limits on growth, have long been a property rights battleground. But while Keys governments have thus far mostly had their way in the courts against disgruntled property owners,...

Key changes
In 2023, owners of more than 7,800 properties could theoretically be stuck with land that had been rendered unbuildable, creating a potential takings liability of $317.7 million.

Supreme Court ruling could radically change development on the Keys

The Florida Keys, with their strict limits on growth, have long been a property rights battleground. But while Keys...

Supreme Court ruling could radically change development on the Keys
Hotel developers get specific in South Florida as new projects get delivered

Hotel developers get specific in South Florida as new projects get delivered

The historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables has never lacked for luxury. A stroll through the property’s resplendent hallways...

Hotel developers get specific in South Florida as new projects get delivered
Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge, damaged by Hurricane Irma, to reopen by end of March

Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge, damaged by Hurricane Irma, to reopen by end of March

UPDATED March 19, 4:15 p.m.: Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge & Spa will reopen on March 30 after completing $25 million...

Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge, damaged by Hurricane Irma, to reopen by end of March
Post-Irma recovery in the Florida Keys a work in progress

Post-Irma recovery in the Florida Keys a work in progress

From the winter issue: When Hurricane Irma barreled through South Florida in September, it lashed the region with a...

Post-Irma recovery in the Florida Keys a work in progress
Hawks Cay Resort to renovate guest rooms, add new restaurants after Hurricane Irma

Hawks Cay Resort to renovate guest rooms, add new restaurants after Hurricane Irma

Hawks Cay Resort, which has been shuttered since Hurricane Irma, will redesign its main lobby and all 177 guestrooms...

Hawks Cay Resort to renovate guest rooms, add new restaurants after Hurricane Irma
Georgia developer acquires Islamorada Days Inn for $8.8M

Georgia developer acquires Islamorada Days Inn for $8.8M

Atlanta-based developer Songy Highroads and partner the Wardman Group of Washington, D.C., purchased their second oceanfront Islamorada hotel this...

Georgia developer acquires Islamorada Days Inn for $8.8M
Little Torch Key Cottages in the Keys to hit the market, could fetch $20M

Little Torch Key Cottages in the Keys to hit the market, could fetch $20M

Eastwind Development is putting its 48-unit Little Torch Cottages rental community on the market next week, Cushman & Wakefield...

Little Torch Key Cottages in the Keys to hit the market, could fetch $20M
Affordable housing rentals planned for the Florida Keys

Affordable housing rentals planned for the Florida Keys

Developers plan to break ground on the Caya Place sister affordable rental communities in Marathon and Big Pine Key...

Affordable housing rentals planned for the Florida Keys
Key West neighbor to see first resort opening next week

Key West neighbor to see first resort opening next week

Stock Island, the working class island located immediately to the east of Key West, is scheduled to see the...

Key West neighbor to see first resort opening next week
Developers rush to finish hotels amid Zika, overbuilding and more

Developers rush to finish hotels amid Zika, overbuilding and more

From the fall issue: Swank new hotels are rising up in the Magic City, thanks to the money that...

Developers rush to finish hotels amid Zika, overbuilding and more
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Developer at Ocean Reef in Key Largo sues investors

A developer with plans to build 15 homes in the posh Ocean Reef community on the northern edge of...

Developer at Ocean Reef in Key Largo sues investors
Florida Keys positions itself to lead class action suit against Airbnb

Florida Keys positions itself to lead class action suit against Airbnb

Monroe County is positioning itself to lead a class action suit against the vacation rental and sharing economy giant...

Florida Keys positions itself to lead class action suit against Airbnb
Keys Palms RV Park in Key Largo set to open in August

Keys Palms RV Park in Key Largo set to open in August

The upscale recreational vehicle park Keys Palms Resort in Key Largo is now pointed toward an August opening, owner...

Keys Palms RV Park in Key Largo set to open in August
Little Palm’s big tug of war

Little Palm’s big tug of war

From the April issue: The expansion plan of one of the Florida Keys’ most exclusive hotels has stirred up a maelstrom. Accessible only by ferry or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, which lies...

Little Palm’s big tug of war
Former Cheeca owner plans new upscale Key Largo resort

Former Cheeca owner plans new upscale Key Largo resort

Cheeca Holdings, the Wyoming-based company that sold the luxurious Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada for $100 million in 2011, is...

Former Cheeca owner plans new upscale Key Largo resort
Whale Harbor Buffet in Islamorada rebuilding

Whale Harbor Buffet in Islamorada rebuilding

The popular Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet in Islamorada, which was gutted by a fire two years ago, is expected...

Whale Harbor Buffet in Islamorada rebuilding
Marquesa Hotel in Key West eyes $10M expansion

Marquesa Hotel in Key West eyes $10M expansion

The owners of the boutique Marquesa Hotel on the corner of Simonton and Fleming streets in the Key West...

Marquesa Hotel in Key West eyes $10M expansion
Key West to vote on Old Town affordable housing project

Key West to vote on Old Town affordable housing project

The owners of an ex-Navy housing complex in Key West’s Old Town neighborhood are seeking approval to build 48 deed...

Key West to vote on Old Town affordable housing project
New Florida Keys resort wins approval

New Florida Keys resort wins approval

The Marathon City Council has given preliminary site plan approval to a proposed 199-room oceanfront hotel that would be located on Knights Key, immediately to the north of the Seven Mile Bridge. ...

New Florida Keys resort wins approval
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