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Stormy history of Florida's Pigeon Key
Stormy history of Florida's Pigeon Key

Getting to Pigeon Key these days isn't as easy as it used to be. In years past, it was a popular place to take a break -- and maybe grab a cold drink or dash a few lines on a postcard -- during the long drive from Miami to Key West. A ramp from the two-lane highway led to the island, which some described as the nation's most beautiful rest area. The opening of the new, four-lane U.S. 1 in 1982 changed all that. Engineers decided to relocate Seven Mile Bridge, placing it a few hundred yards to the east of Pigeon Key, leaving the island abandoned. Its handful of buildings were left to decay in the moist air and the scorching sun. -------------------- TOURS OF PIGEON KEY ...

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