Islamorada, Florida

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Islamorada, a "Village of Islands," is an incorporated village in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located on the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key in the Florida Keys.

The village was incorporated on November 4, 1997. Prior to this date, Islamorada was only considered to be on the island of Upper Matecumbe Key.

As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 6,846. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,386.[2]

The name Islamorada, meaning "purple island", came from early Spanish explorers in the area. Its pronunciation has been Anglicized to aisle-a-more-AH-dah.

Islamorada was hit almost directly by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, causing 423 deaths. A memorial, including the ashes of over 300 victims, exists today at Overseas Highway mile marker 82.

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Geography

Islamorada is located at 24°56′9″N 80°36′49″W / 24.93583°N 80.61361°W / 24.93583; -80.61361.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 18.8 km² (7.2 mi²). 18.4 km² (7.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (1.93%) is water.

Islamorada is located approximately two hours driving time south of Miami and approximately 1.5 hours driving time north of Key West.

Climate

Islamorada has a tropical climate similar to the rest of the Florida Keys

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