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Summerland Key

Summerland Key is an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located in the lower Florida Keys on the island of Summerland Key.Summerland Key is a bedroom community located almost mid-way between the "large" cities of Marathon and Key West.It is home to the Brinton Environmental Center of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. Also located on Summerland Key is a field station for Mote Marine Laboratory.A private, 2550-foot community airstrip (FD51) is located just south of the Overseas Highway on West Shore Drive at mile marker 25 - Lat: N 2439.5 Long: W 08126.5 Elev: 4.GeographyIt is located at, its elevation 0ft.HistoryBeginning in 1948, Henry Hudgins, the father of modern Summerland Key, started developing Summerland from an uninhabited tropical wilderness to an upscale residential neighborhood.While Hudgins was the chief structural engineer for the City of Miami, he met Waren Niles, whose family owned a large part of Summerland since the 1900s. In 1941, the Niles family notified Hudgins they were considering selling their Summerland property. By 1947, Hudgins had made an offer of $100,000 for the purchase of the Niles property and the family sold their Summerland real estate to Hudgins.
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