Conserving Key West’s Pristine Coastlines

Strong community involvement is one of the many attributes that makes Key West so special. The people of our island paradise appreciate the uniqueness and fragility of our island ecosystems and work together to conserve our valuable resources.

Members of our community will be participating in the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The effort is sponsored by Reef Relief and will take place at Boca Chica Beach on Geiger Key. This is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in an international volunteer effort to clean up all of the world’s coastal areas. Bring a reusable water bottle, plenty of sunscreen, and a kayak if you have one available. Please RSVP for this event by calling Reef Relief at 305-294-3100 or sending an email to If you would like to learn more about the many ways you can help preserve our beautiful Key West ocean ecosystem, check out the Ocean Conservancy website, which is filled with valuable information about recycling and other trash-reduction tips that will help keep our coastlines pristine.

On the same day, the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center will present an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about Key West’s wildlife through their free Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Feathered Friends presentation. Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to play games and create fun craft projects designed to teach them about the conservation of native birds and their natural habitats in south Florida. The center is located at 35 East Quay Road, with free parking available. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the center to help some of its 40,000 annual visitors learn about our beautiful Florida ecosystems, visit their website for contact information.

In addition to our natural resources, the people of Key West also take pride in their historical heritage. On Saturday, September 29, Smithsonian magazine presents the eighth annual Museum Day to help celebrate this legacy. Download your free ticket at the Smithsonian’s Museum Day website, which will admit two people to the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum, Fort East Martello, Harry S. Truman Little White House, and the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens during regular hours, Saturday only. This is a great opportunity to visit all of our Key West museums and get a taste of our unique island history!

The people of Key West create a caring community; we are all concerned about conserving our unique natural resources and preserving our historical heritage. I have been selling Key West real estate for over 29 years, and I love to help people like you find the perfect island paradise home. Contact me, Margarita Villoch, today by phone at 305-304-8505, by email at, or on the web at, and become part of the unique and caring Key West community!