You have to wonder at the vision and determination of the people who carved up the mangroves, blew holes in the rocks and created this:These developments came from the unpromising land I walk with my dog and illustrate in these pages: mangroves, pines, mud and salt puddles. And now, half a century later the postal service delivers six days a week, year round (long may Saturday delivery last!).I cannot fault them for their enterprise, else I would still be living in the fog and damp of Monterey Bay, but whoever decided to name these subdivisions had their eyes on the marketing aspects I suspect. Me? I would be embarrassed to label my letters with an address on a piratically themed street, however there was never any danger of that. During the boom years these were high priced homes and big houses at that by local standards. I was lucky to find a 700 square foot stilt house on a street as innocuously named as "Indies." Cutthroat Drive and Pegleg Lane would have me saying "Argh! Me hearties!" all day long and it would get tiresome.Nice homes though in a quiet neighborhood and Cudjoe Key despite the silly street names is as nice an island as any.
If you have a house on the south shore, along Jolly Roger Drive (I kid you not!) you get magnificent views toward Cuba: Just in case you were wondering Cheyenne was at home sulking as I rode the aforementioned Jolly Roger theme'd sub division:
See, I was serious:
This is what it looks like in summer, only more so. For a few glorious weeks it's hot and empty, then school gets out and boats start to criss cross the channels again. This has been a long winter for us all east of the Rockies (in Vancouver all summers are long winters).
This is not 700 square feet of house, trust me:
This house stained some dark color looked quite distinctive among the pastel and white washed homes littering, Blackbeard, Buccaneer and Privateer Drives. Argh, me hearties! (Told you so).
I am going to try to persuade my wife we need a cement wall coated in limestone or stuff like this around our house, to repel boarders naturally.