Lower Matecumbe Key


Who knows why the LMKA founders ruled out the cormorant logo - but cormorants sure can be interesting birds often seen spreading their wings to dry: 

Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers. It turns out that waterproof feathers don't work well for diving, so instead cormorants kept feathers that are easily waterlogged to help them sink and dive faster. This is why you’ll often see them with just their heads sticking out of the water because their feathers are waterlogged and weighing them down and you’ll also see them sitting on rocks with their wings spread out drying their wet feathers.

They are excellent fisherbirds, in fact they are so good at catching fish that cormorant species in Asia have been trained to catch fish for people. For every seven fish they catch, the cormorant gets to eat one.

​History of the Association

The Lower Matecumbe Key Association was incorporated in April 1986 and has played a key role on the island for the last 30 years.

The very first LMKA newsletter was put out by the founding officers, Jay Miller, President, Ray Hampson, Vice President, Billie McClenithan, Treasurer, and Frances Stitely, Secretary.  

See the first LMKA newsletter from 1986 - click here. Then as now the members believed that "by sharing ideas and creating a method of keeping our residents and property owners better informed and more conscious of the unique nature of the Key, we can protect the quality of our island."

Back then, it most often was development issues that concerned residents.  In the 30 years since LMKA was started, there have been so many changes.  The Association has often succeeded in bringing positive change.  But the challenges remain.  Read about the accomplishments and the current issues.

Looking back at the demographics that existed decades ago, it is no wonder that our area has changed so much.    Click here for "Interesting Facts about Lower Matecumbe Key" generated from the 1990 census.  

Billie McClenithan was the first treasurer of the association, but she was also an artist. She volunteered to create a logo for LMKA.  She sketched several possibilities.  The logo selected remains our logo today.  The other possible logo that was rejected - a pair of cormorants: