Key Island Growth
Much of the history of Duck Key revolves
around developer, Bryan Newkirk and
subsequent developers of the island resort
and residential community.
bought Duck Key, which he described as a " a
jumble of swamp and mahogany trees ", during
a golf game with Coral Gables City Attorney
Ted Semple for $47,000. "To get around the
course before dark, I told him to quit
talking about (Duck Key) and I'd buy it sight
unseen," Mr. Newkirk said in a 1959 story in
the Miami Herald.
1956 Mr. Newkirk and his partners pumped $2 million and
several billion cubic yards of fill onto the Duck Key
site, creating four islands and four miles of canals.
Newkirk went on to build the Indies Inn and began
development of the residential portion of the island.
Newkirk planned on making Duck Key into the most
luxurious of resorts and prestigious residential areas in
the Americas. It would be the most deluxe, most exclusive
retreat in the world for those yachting and boating
fanciers whose business and financial business success
permitted them to afford it.
Key is the same size as Prince Ranier's kingdom of
Monaco," touring guests were told.
Key and the Indies Inn became the place in the Florida
Keys to which people wanted to go, and it has remained
that way ever since.
the years facilities have been enlarged and additions
have included a marina, convention facilities, and a
Beach Barrington Group
1983 the resort was bought by the Pampano Beach
Barrington Group. Extensive renovation and landscaping
were completed and the resort opened as the Hawk's Cay
Resort and Marina. The new owners maintained the island's
"West Indies" feel and further enhanced the resort's
tropical decor and plantation-like setting. New
facilities were added.
pools, the Indies Club Building, many new recreational
amenities and a new conference center were added during
the period 1998 and 2000.
Rises and Condominiums
2, 3 and 4 story condominium buildings visible on Duck
Key were constructed by different developers. The two
story flat roofed condominiums were built prior to 1982.
The taller condominums located on property facing the
Hawk's Cay Marina and referred to as the Marina Villas
were built by the Barrington Group.
1996 and summer of 2000 resort property experienced a new
phase of expansion , Hawk's Cay Village, built by The
Singh Company. The Village added several hundred West
Indian-style vacation rental homes added to the island's
rental inventory inventory. The Singh Company's conch
style cottages with water views, shaded porches, and
white picket fence charm were in keeping with the
resort's tropical theme.
Islands - Home Building
completion of the Indies Inn, Newkirk started building
homes. The first five homes were completed in 1963. The
five homes which exist today were built prior to deed
restrictions and have similar Caribbean style with Cuban
tile floors and roofs. They also had swimming pools and
Duck Key Architecture)
land zoned for residential use on Duck Key has changed
ownership a number of times since the days of Bryan
Newkirk. Parcels have been sold off to many different
entities and construction done by any number of builder
homes on Duck Key are elevated on stilts. This raised
building took place from the 70s to present to satisfy
Federal laws and local building codes enacted because of
flood surges associated with hurricanes. Subsequent
changes in the law allowed home owners to enclosed this
lower portion provided the space is only used for
recent years the elevation requirement has lessened with
new data for the 100 year flood plain average and many
new homes have living space closer to the ground .
to limitations of building permits and the scarcity of
waterfront lots on Duck Key, recent trends show increased
building on interior " dry " lots and the purchase of
existing older waterfront homes for extensive
are currently about 350 homes on Duck Key.
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