Key Colony Beach is located in the Heart of the Florida Keys at mile marker 53.5 on US Highway 1 which is known locally as the Overseas Highway. Driving south from Miami on US 1, the Keys begin at about mile marker 106 in Key Largo and extend all the way down to mile marker 0 in Key West. Our city, called the “Gem of the Florida Keys,” is on an island just south of the Overseas Highway connected via a causeway and with a very small bridge.
The majority of our residences are on canals with quick access to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean or have ocean views. This makes our city ideal for fishing and boating activities. In addition to the residences there are many businesses in the city, including restaurants, a charter fishing fleet, a marina, boat rentals, a clothing store, a gift shop, a dive and tackle shop, liquor store, gas station, convenience store, hotels and real estate offices. Recreational facilities include 4 parks, 2 playgrounds, bocce courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and a 9-hole par-3 golf course.
There are just over 800 residents of Key Colony Beach, but the population peaks to about 4,000 in mid-winter. The city was developed in the early fifties by founder Phil Sadowski and was incorporated in September 1957. The city is situated on 286 acres and contains approximately 1,400 units of housing. Many property owners make their homes available to visitors for rent on a monthly or weekly basis. Our upscale quiet tropical island atmosphere draws people from all over the world.
Key Colony Beach is governed by five city commissioners elected for two-year, staggered terms. City elections are non-partisan and are held each year on the 2nd Tuesday in March. Fourteen employees assist the city commission including a staff of four in the city clerk’s office, a five-member police department, and a staff of five in the building/public works department. The City Administrator supervises all ongoing activities on a day-to-day basis.