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243 Treasure Harbor Road
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 852-5389

Located at Mile Marker 86.5
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Islamorada Accommodations - Key West and the Florida Keys
By June Keith

Jackie Bames, of games-storming fame, a cheery guy in a straw hat, may be the first person you meet when you arrive at the Ragged Edge Resort.

Jackie is proud as punch of the place and will patiently show you around until you find the accommodation you really want. All ten units are built with guests' comfort and safety in mind. For instance, the tiles on the floors of one newly remodeled room have non skid surfaces; one little apartment is wheelchair accessible and right on the water. All the screened-in porches are perfect perches for taking in sea breezes. The kitchens are conducive to serious food prep. They're certainly not the barely equipped kitchens you often encounter in other Keys apartments and efficiencies. "We even supply the filters for the coffeemaker," says Jackie, opening the cupboard to show us. Also on the premises are a washer, a dryer, and a clothesline. The phones are for out going calls only, so don't stay here if you're waiting for a phone call because you'll miss it. Outdoors, by the dock, lucky anglers will appreciate the fish cleaning area.

"Don't even think about cleaning your fish in our kitchens," Jackie says, "Your mama won't let you clean fish in her kitchen, and you can't do it here, either."

Jackie then shows us a little marina, sheltered and calm, and a boat launch, a few yards down the street. A freshwater pool overlooks the Atlantic, and a lookout tower is a popular setting for weddings performed at the very crack of dawn. From the dock you can look out into the distance and see the light slash of turquoise against the horizon that marks Crocker Reef, some four miles out.

Jimmy Lee has owned the Ragged Edge for twenty-two years. He likes sitting at a picnic table in the yard and talking about the people who have stayed at the seaside lodge through the years. The Ragged Edge got a whole chapter in a travel book by a London writer who recorded his adventures in a book called Hunting Mr. Heartbreak. Ask Jimmy to show it to you.

Both Jackie and Jimmy know what's going on in the area. Jackie knows the kitchen crews in area restaurants and can often call ahead to the bistro of your choice to find out the specials of the evening. Knowing Jackie is like having a best friend in Islamorada.

"We haven't caught up with the rest of the world," Jimmy Lee explains, "and we don't want to."
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