Lower Matecumbe Key


Sam Wampler... founder of the Boy Scouts of America's Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, as well as local community leader for decades, one of the founders of LMKA

Anne Eaton: Instrumental in creating a lovely oceanfront park on Lower Matecumbe... Anne's Beach. Read all about this amazing woman...click here

Laura Quinn (1928 - 2010), a resident of Lower Matecumbe until the early 1980s.  Known throughout the Keys as the "Bird Lady" she is most famous as the founder of the Wild Bird Center in Tavernier. Before moving further north in Islamorada, Laura and her husband ran the Evening Shade Motel at MM75.3.  Read her story from our newsletter in June 2017. (click here)

​                              Henry Rosenthal:

                               Currently a Lower Matecumbe resident, Henry                                         helped shape the business community of                                                 Islamorada for many decades, after arriving in the                                 Keys in 1968 with little more than the shirt on his                                 back.  At one time he was probably the largest employer, owning the old Green Turtle Restaurant, as well as the cannery and seafood market, Whale Harbor and Market 88.  He served a number of terms as president of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, and more recently as president of Leadership Monroe County, always willing to provide guidance and motivation.  His time as local business owner was not his only profession.  Henry is also famous world wide as "Bastille".... an extremely entertaining mentalist/hypnotist, who has been baffling audiences for over 20 years on cruise ships, in night clubs and on national television.
Perhaps Henry was always a natural born entertainer.  As the owner of the old Green Turtle Restaurant years ago, he went from table to table on busy nights, enthralling guests with his magic acts and fascinating storytelling.  See the Keys Weekly interview with Henry here.

Some of the People Who Shaped our Island

Capt. Buck and Ruth Starckbought 17 acres at north end of Lower Matecumbe in 1946. The Starcks moved a small lime packing house down to serve as construction quarters while building the first permanent residential home on Lower Matecumbe ...where Robbie's is today.

WAS - named from Walter A. Starck's initials!

See more about the Starcks ... click here ... his parents' story as remembered by son Walter, on the occasion of Ruth and Buck’s 73rd wedding anniversary on November 29, 2010.

Alonzo Cothron - local leader, in construction until his retirement in 1985, dredged many of the Islamorada canals and built many of the early homes on Lower Matecumbe

Irving Eyster, long time resident of Lower Matecumbe and well known historian: his story