The Florida Key's Most Beautiful Conch Shell

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Real Estate Agent with American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate SL0624654

Saw this article on one of my favorite local blogs: Showstrings Weekends Blog, and I had to share it here.

Here in the Keys those that live down here are called "Conchs" after the beautiful and might I say delicious shelled mollusks that were a diet staple of the Keys until over-harvesting prohibited their capture.

"Florida Key's Most Beautiful Conch Shell

Florida Keys ConchBeyond a shadow of a doubt, the most beautiful conch shell in the entire 126.7 miles of the Florida Keys! Though it's not the biggest, that's reserved for Key West High School's 18′ Welded Mascot on display out in front of their parking lot.

This is by far has the most picturesque surroundings of conch shell by a lo0oooooong shot! As you can see, this is the focal point of the incredibly popular tourist attraction called "Theater Of The Sea", a marine mammal park similar to a scaled down version of Sea World. By positioning yourself and standing at the right angle you can create and take one of your vacations most beautifully pre-planned vacations photos. I promise it will only take you 4 minutes to stop, take your photo and hop back in your car and continue your southward journey. It's well worth your time, as you can see by the photo I've taken and published above of the fountain, conch shell, flags, waterfall & sign.

You can find this impossible to miss eye-catcher of a conch shell on the left hand side of the road at Mile Marker 84.4 smack dab in front of the Theater Of The Sea."

A side note to this story, from Mykael.  I have been following this particular sculpture for some time, as it was originally commissioned for a now defunct restaurant dubbed "the Hard Conch Cafe" at the infamous Holiday Isle Resort.  Now It sits gracefully at Theater of the Sea.

 

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Rainer
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Michael Kitsch
Coldwell Banker - Katy, TX

Wow.  We don't get any that look like that on our Texas shores.  I guess you must have something in the water out there, like,  a special Miracle Gro product.  Have a great weekend!

May 27, 2011 07:33 AM #1
Rainer
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Jeanne M. Gavish
Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - Spring Hill, FL
Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S

Beautifuk, and I didn't know that people that lived there are called Conchs.

May 27, 2011 07:34 AM #2
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Great shot - I haven't seen that conch in years, means it's been to long since my last visit!

May 27, 2011 07:37 AM #3
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Mykael Marinelli
American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate - Key Largo, FL
The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador

Cheryl-LOL We grow 'em big here!!! Used to catch them when I was a kid.

Carol - The just means you NEED to come back!!!

Jeanne - Yes we are called Conchs...Originally, it was just for Key Westers, but eventually became known for resdents thought the keys.  That's why my nickname is Conchquistador

May 27, 2011 07:48 AM #4
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