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The Many Bridges of the Overseas Highway

Once you’ve entered Monroe County, and have crossed over Jewfish Creek Bridge, you are officially off the “mainland”. You are now ready for your journey of island hopping. If traveling all the way to Key West, you will have 42 bridges to cross to get there. Each one has its own magical view. Going south, you will have the ocean on your left-hand side and the bay will be to your right. Which also means if your crossing a bridge during sunrise, the beauty of the sun coming up will be on your right side and if traveling during dusk, the sunset will be on your right, or bayside.

Of these 42 bridges, there’s one that stands out the most, the infamous “Seven Mile Bridge”. It connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys. Looking to the right, as you’re headed south, you’ll notice another older, rickety bridge that’s missing sections. That’s the original bridge built under the direction of Henry Flagler.  It was Flagler’s idea to connect our islands with a train called The Overseas Railroad. Unfortunately, his railroad was damaged in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, and the bridge was converted for motorized traffic.  That bridge was shut down to traffic in the early 80’s and the new bridge was constructed. You will also notice an island off to the right. That would be Pigeon Key, it was used to house the construction workers during the construction of the railroad.

Of all these bridges, amazingly, only one is a drawbridge. It’s located right here in Islamorada at Snake Creek. To locals, it can be a pain to have to stop and wait as a vessel cruises through, but to those visiting, it can give you a chance to look around at the waters, boats and birds.

If traveling in the Keys and you say, “we’ll cross that bridge later”, it may be sooner than later!

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Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys’ Global Network Leads Industry with $254 Billion in Home Sales Among Top 500 U.S. Firms

Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys’ Global Network Leads Industry with $254 Billion in Home Sales Among Top 500 U.S. Firms

– Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has led in sales volume for over 10 consecutive years. –

Islamorada, Florida – April 18, 2019 – Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys announced today that its global real estate network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, continues to lead the industry in sales volume among the top 500 U.S. firms, with $254 billion in U.S. home sales in 2018, $32 billion ahead of its closest competitor, according to the REAL Trends Top 500. Among these firms, LeadingRE represents 21% of total sales volume and 22% of transaction sides. Overall, the global real estate network of 565 firms participated in 1.1 million transactions worldwide.

“We are pleased that, once again, our network achieved the highest sales volume among the top 500 firms in the U.S.,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “Our independent brands combine the best of local expertise with the global connections and resources available through LeadingRE to deliver a superior customer experience for home buyers and sellers.”

LeadingRE is the largest network of top independent residential real estate firms, and network affiliates are widely recognized as the premier providers of quality residential real estate and relocation services. As a member of LeaidngRE, (your company name) is aligned with 565 market-leading brokerages in over 70 countries and has access to award-winning professional development programs and events, innovative technology and marketing resources, industry-leading referral network and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.

To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit For more information on Coastal Realty of the Florida Keys, read our company bio.