Casey Key is laden with hidden treasures; gems of nature and community that makes this island truly home. Residents don't even seem to mind that the Blackburn Point swing bridge is out for repairs; it gives everyone a chance to drive the isle from tip to top-eight miles of beauty and neighbors; yards in full bloom; palm trees reminding us of the tropical delight that is Casey Key, Florida.
Just the other day, I took a guest for a joyride from one end of the island to the other. The sun was shining; breezes blowing; and Casey Key was looking her finest. Since the bridge was out, we turned the convertible around in the parking lot of the Casey Key Library. I'd never been inside before, so on a spur-of-the-moment impulse, we ventured in.
Neighbor and volunteer librarian Connie Davis was behind the desk, and her warm welcome made us feel right at home. We learned that the Casey Key Library is a not-for-profit corporation, founded by resident Marion Shaw in her spacious garage in 1984. This is a computer-free, friendly operation complete with a card catalog and self check-out. The library is stocked with hardcover bestsellers, most under two years old. A community room in the library hosts meetings and events. The library is open to residents of Casey Key who are members of the Casey Key Library Association, and has become a social gathering place for residents and friends.
The Casey Key Library not only keeps residents stocked with delightful reading materials, it also serves the community in many ways. The library board plans a few fundraisers each year, fine social events that raise funds for literacy programs and local schools. As we visited with Connie, I noticed on her desk a book by a local author and Casey Key resident Jack Perkins, formerly with NBC and A&E. It was the charming and visually stunning "Island Prayers," a collection of photographs and reflections that paid homage to nature and its creator. Such a fitting book to read later as I enjoyed another sunset on Casey Key, Florida.
Living on Casey Key, Florida, truly creates a lifestyle that dreams are made of, and the Casey Key Library simply adds to the dream of this welcoming, inspiring community. Nick Herron & Kathleen Herron of the Herron Group RE/MAX Alliance Group would be glad to show you any of the properties listed on Sarasota's Barrier Island of Casey Key. Call 941.350.5035.
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