Friday, December 20, 2013

What Does $16M get you in Islamorada??? Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

OK Santa, or Chanukah Harry, (or ...hmmm who is Kwanza's Figurehead?)  I know what you can gift me this Holiday Season.  It's Big , It's BEAUTIFUL, it's in Islamorada, it's only $16M, and it's AWESOME!

One of the Florida Keys' most idyllic Estates has now become available for Purchase.

Palm Harbor

Almost 6 1/2 acres of gorgeous Islamorada waterfront serenity. It truly is Island Living at its finest.  Although
 it was built in 1996, it retains the feel of Florid Keys Vernacular architecture, yet appointed with current designer finishes, decor, and amenities, 6 Bedrooms / 7.1 Baths and over 11,000 sf  of living area, to bask in total comfort.

The exterior and grounds are a dream..  The property boasts its own private lagoon and yacht basin, powder soft sand overlooking the endless Atlantic Ocean, and inviting black bottom pool.


Hell, even the seawall is LOADED with lobster!!! I must have counted 20 when I recently visited.

This is a property that can rival many on the World Wide stage, and is one for serious consideration for the Buying Elite.

It takes a lot to Wow your Conchquistador, and here, I am thoroughly WOWED.

So put in your requests if you've been nice this year, and who knows....though, if you been ESPECIALLY Naughty...hmmm well then,  maybe your chances are even greater of receiving this Island Oasis as your very, very special Holiday Present.

Contact me today for more Details!!


Currently offer by Randy Ely and Nick Malinosky of The Corcaran Group.

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By Request and Demand, It's the Conchquistador's Recipe for Awesome Lobster Bisque!! It's ALL about The Heads!!

You know, it's funny. Down here in The Florida Keys, we are all Ga Ga for fresh Caribbean Lobster.  Hell, our Local economy practically goes into Dark Black during Mini Season.  Add to that the cost of gear, boats, bully nets...there is a lot of money spent to catch these critters..  We love our tails...yes I said tails.  And THERE is the Rub!! Most people THROW AWAY the tastiest part of the Lobster....The Head!!!

Now don't go getting squeamish on me.  Yes I said Head.  In many animals, the meat and flesh around the head are some of the most FLAVORFUL on the animal.  If you did not know it was "Head Cheese" and had a slice you would probably think it was a fantastic cold cut.  That being said, the HEADS of the Lobster are in my Opinion the Key to a great Lobster Bisque and stock.  I can not tell you how often I see them discarded.  Also a little hint, they make great Chum....more on that later.

So, The Conchquistator's Lobster Bisque:
The first thing to know is that I take the long way around to make my Bisque.  I am sure there are quicker
Getting My Tasty Ingredients Ready
 ways, but for me the Journey is as much fun as the tasty Destination.  Now as my lovely wife will attest, I am not a hard core recipe guy, I have a basic sketch that I flair to taste and quantity, so I will give you my basic, but add or subtract as necessary. You will need about 4 to 6 heads depending on size.

This process from start to finish take about 3 1/2 to 4 Hours. It also helps if you have a tripod Burner that you can use outside to create the stock.

The first step is to separate the tails from the heads and prepare the tail meat to your favorite recipe, but save some for the Bisque at the end.  Now, the Heads, the glorious Heads.. Break of the antennae at the second joint and discard. Then, cut the heads, in half, lengthwise.  Yes it might be messy, but Butch up! With your a knife or spoon, lightly loosen so of the innards, known as tomalley, but do not remove.  Now, place in a large stock pot and cover with water.  Use at least 12 cups of water to cover, if it takes more that is fine but we need 10 cups for this recipe.  Throw in about 1/4 cup of olive oil, key lime halves, and 2 Bay leaves.  Bring to a hard rolling boil, then reduce heat, add in 12 oz of tomato paste and simmer for 1 hour 45 minutes, stirring every so often.  Now kick back have a cocktail and or cigar and let the heads do their magic!

While we are waiting, here are the other ingredients:
20 oz Tomato Paste ( I usually get a  12 oz can and 8 oz can)
2 cups chopped red onion
2 cups chopped celery, if you can throw in a few leaves
2 cups chopped carrots
2 sprigs Thyme
2 Bay Leaves
1 Key Lime, cut in half
1/2 teaspoon Saffron
6 cups of Heavy Cream
1 Cup of cream Sherry
2 tablespoons for fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of Olive oil

OK, now  that you have created some awesome Lobster Stock, lets strain it.  Remove as much of the lobster shells and large pieces as you can with tongs.  If you are a fisherman, keep those parts they make great chum.  Now using a really tight strainer or sieve, drain stock into new pot. I usually double strain, as I want it to be as much pure liquid as possible. OK put this aside, you should have about 10 cups or more of nice red stock.

In a sauce pan, combine the chopped veggies, thyme, saffron, pepper, and 4 cups of your just made stock. Heat on high for 15 minutes, stirring often.  Now add lower heat to simmer and add 8 oz Tomato paste and heat 30 minutes.. This creates some nice earthy veggie flavor.  When complete, strain into original stock.  Then I like to strain the whole batch once more, trying to have pure liquid.

Liquid Gold!!!
OK, now time to start heading to the finish line. Place stock on Medium Heat and whisk in Heavy Cream and Sherry, heat for 30 minutes.  Now mix corn starch and about 1/4 cup of water into the bisque to thicken slightly and heat for about another 20 minutes..

You now have Liquid Gold!!! you can enjoy it now, but what i prefer to do is put it in the refrigerator for 2 days, Then have it.  Letting flavors marinate. You should have about 9-10 cups or more.

When ready heat up bisque and add chunks of tail meat and a little chopped parsley.

Man, I love being in The Keys where such delectable treats are right here off our shores!!

Bon Appetite!

Work with an Agent who will cook you up a great deal. Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Forget Turkey....It's Lobster and Stone Crab. It's How We Do Thanksgiving in the Keys!!

Not sure if Squanto had this in mind when he hooked up with the Pilgrims to celebrate the Autumn Harvest Meal we now call Thanksgiving, but down here, we say screw the Turkey ,and break out some Keys fare to be Thankful for!!

As I write this at Casa de Conchquistador, my Keys Bungalow in Key Largo's Sunset Point, I can smell the aroma of Pumpkin Pie baking (well gotta have Something Traditional), hear the sounds of Jimmy on the stereo, taste the damn good Bloody Mary in hand, see gorgeous Bougainvilleas in full fiery bloom,  but I am touched, touched by the fact that I am privileged to have some many wonderful clients and friends.

So to celebrate Thanksgiving, we are, like the Pilgrims, enjoying our own Autumn Harvest of Fresh Lobster and Stone Crab that
we went out and caught. Add to that, a little homemade fish dip made from smoked Spanish Mackerel that we recently pulled in, and we've got the foundation for a meal that would make those Puritans wanna get down and boogie.  A few Tropical Cocktails, a ride in the Convertible and I am certain that there would be quite a few Scarlet Letters being sewn on Friday!!!


One of the Greatest benefits of this real estate career though, is the opportunity to transition Clients into Friends, and my Lovely wife and I look forward to jumping in the boat for a quick cruise to some new Friends' place for desserts afterwards.


As we do, I will smell the Ocean and Bay, hear some  Zac Brown blowing in the salty wind, taste another Bloody Mary, see the stunning Sun set in the azure water hoping to see the mythical Green Flash, and I can only hope to ... Touch You, dear Reader, as you have touched me!

Happy Thanksgiving!!



Work with an Agent who is Thankful for your business! Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, November 22, 2013

$1,100,000 Price Reduction on "Ocean's Edge" Waterfront Estate. Grab A Slice of Islamorada, Others Only Dream About! Opportunity Is BANGING On The Door!!

I have just taken a price reduction of $1,100,000 on this almost 2 Acre Oceanfront Islamorada Estate!
Grab a Slice of Islamorada others only Dream about!!
Opportunity is BANGING on the door!!

There comes a point in Life, when one seeks the Pinnacle of location.

In the heart of Islamorada’s “Millionaire’s Row", lies an Oceanfront Oasis like no other, "OCEAN’S EDGE".  

The perfect opportunity, the ideal canvas, to create and develop your own exquisite custom Keys retreat with limitless ocean vistas. 

Features include immense and rare custom boat basin with it’s own deep channel access, exceptional dockage for a variety of vessels, ramp, existing CBS Home and huge solid CBS storage out building. Perfect for storage of watercraft and other toys.

The custom built resort quality Tiki is the perfect location for tropical fun.

130' of ocean frontage on almost  2 ACRES.

“Millonaire’s Row “ in Islamorada is home to Artists, Actors, Football Coaches, and award winning Film Producers among other wonderful Florida Keys enthusiasts.

OCEAN’S EDGE, Grab a slice of Islamorada that others only dream about!

More info upon request.

Endless Ocean Views
The Perfect Get Away


No Need to Wait Until 5 O'Clock


Tropical Serenity
Almost 2 Acres of Tropical Bliss

Your Private Steps Right Into The Ocean!
 
Find Your Pinnacle.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's Islamorada After Hours...And We're Hosting! A Beautiful Evening, Awesome Waterfront Location, and Mouth Watering Fare!

American Caribbean Real Estate is extraordinarily proud to be hosting this month's Islamorada After Hours event for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Join us Tuesday at our gorgeous waterfront development, " Pearl Ocean", on Upper Matecumbe Key.
Mouth watering fare will be provided by our co-Host, Chef Michael.
Please join us for an evening to remember!.
- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4254813/it-s-islamorada-after-hours-and-we-re-hosting-a-beautiful-evening-awesome-waterfront-location-and-mouth-watering-fare-#sthash.TPlssjZu.dpuf
American Caribbean Real Estate is extraordinarily proud to be hosting this month's Islamorada After Hours event for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. 

Join us Tuesday at our gorgeous waterfront development, " Pearl Ocean", on Upper Matecumbe Key. 

Mouth watering fare will be provided by our co-Host, Chef Michael. 



Please join us for an evening to remember!.


American Caribbean Real Estate is extraordinarily proud to be hosting this month's Islamorada After Hours event for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Join us Tuesday at our gorgeous waterfront development, " Pearl Ocean", on Upper Matecumbe Key.
Mouth watering fare will be provided by our co-Host, Chef Michael.
Please join us for an evening to remember!.
- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4254813/it-s-islamorada-after-hours-and-we-re-hosting-a-beautiful-evening-awesome-waterfront-location-and-mouth-watering-fare-#sthash.TPlssjZu.dpuf
American Caribbean Real Estate is extraordinarily proud to be hosting this month's Islamorada After Hours event for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Join us Tuesday at our gorgeous waterfront development, " Pearl Ocean", on Upper Matecumbe Key.
Mouth watering fare will be provided by our co-Host, Chef Michael.
Please join us for an evening to remember!.
- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4254813/it-s-islamorada-after-hours-and-we-re-hosting-a-beautiful-evening-awesome-waterfront-location-and-mouth-watering-fare-#sthash.TPlssjZu.dpuf
American Caribbean Real Estate is extraordinarily proud to be hosting this month's Islamorada After Hours event for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Join us Tuesday at our gorgeous waterfront development, " Pearl Ocean", on Upper Matecumbe Key.
Mouth watering fare will be provided by our co-Host, Chef Michael.
Please join us for an evening to remember!.
- See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4254813/it-s-islamorada-after-hours-and-we-re-hosting-a-beautiful-evening-awesome-waterfront-location-and-mouth-watering-fare-#sthash.TPlssjZu.dpuf

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Captain Matt Bellinger's Upper Keys Fishing Report for November 18.

Get Captain Matt Bellinger's Upper Keys Fishing Report for the Eighteenth Day of November.
Redfish in very skinny water

Get Today's Report  Here

Today, talking about Redfish,  Sailfish, and a really hot Reef Bite, all in MUCH better conditions than we had last week.

As Captain Matt says:
"Get Out on the Water...Go Fish!!"

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Night Movies on the Dock at the World Famous Caribbean Club....Is This Cool or What??

You Know, down here in the Florida Keys, I don't so much sell Properties as much as I do the LIFESTYLE and unique CULTURE of the Keys and that...ESSENCE is the chum that makes them bite.
Tonight's event is a perfect illustration of what makes our Island Chain so damn cool!

 "Monday Night Movies on the Dock"

The World Famous Caribbean Club in Key Largo now hosts a movie night under the palms.
Grab a drink and enjoy a different movie every Monday night, stating at 6PM.

Tonight in honor of Veteran's Day, they will be screening "Kelly's Heros"

The Caribbean Club is a Florida Keys institution!  A bad ass dive bar with character and rich in history, and wow, if those walls could talk!!!

The Caribbean Club was the final project of auto parts and real estate promoter Carl Fisher. Opening in 1938, it served as a poor-man's fishing retreat. The property originally included the bar, complete with a kitchen, and a small hotel. After Fisher's death a year later, the Caribbean Club became a gambling establishment. 
In 1947, Warner Brothers used the bar as inspiration when writing the screenplay for the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film, Key Largo. It also served as a filming location for exterior shots in the film.


Come on out for Movie Night, the beer, hot dogs and popcorn are waiting!

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Did you know that your Conchquistador can assist you with Real Estate... WORLDWIDE???

Did you know that your Conchquistador can assist you with Real Estate... WORLDWIDE???

As the Exclusive Affiliate of  Christie's International Real Estate in the Florida Keys,, my firm, American Caribbean Real Estate is
poised to offer our clientele World Wide Service at unprecedented levels.

Christie's International Real Estate is the real estate arm of the famed Christie's Auction House, and specializes in representing some of the planet's most exquisite Estates and the most discerning of Buyers.
We therefor are part of an intriguing melange of brokerages worldwide that communicate and work with each other, sharing ideas, marketing strategies and quite often clientele.  It is a privilege to be able to work with professionals that share my commitment to offering the Utmost in Service to our Buyers and Sellers.

Alan Jackson's Sweetbriar Estate sold through our Affiliate
When I have Clients that are searching for property in say, Paris, I know to turn to my friend Jean Claude.  And so it goes worldwide, that I can offer my Clients assistance from a Christie's Affiliate that will offer them the level of Service that they have come to expect from me.

Below are just some of the Outstanding Property Sales that our Affiliates have closed this year, including
Country Singer Alan Jackson's Breathtaking Tennessee Estate!



Put Worldwide resources in the palm of your hand.. Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Captain Matt Bellinger's Upper Keys Fishing Report for November 1

Get Captain Matt Bellinger's Upper Keys Fishing Report for the First Day of November.

Bonefish
Get Today's Report  Here

Today, talking about Redfish, Bonefish, Sailfish, and Blue Water fishing.

As Captain Matt says:
"Get Out on the Water...Go Fish!!"

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As Per Request, Pet Friendly Establishments in The Florida Keys. Waiter, Can I Get A Bone??

It's funny,
Your Conchquistdor is now taking Blog requests!!

I recently posted in Facebook, that I was enjoying breakfast at Robbie's in Islamorada with my faithful canine, Donatello in tow, and that we were lucky to have so many Pet-Friendly eateries here in the Keys.
This prompted one of my loyal readers to remark that I should do a Blog post with locations of others.
Great Idea!!!
And Here you go:

Keys People love their pets....and they REALLY LOVE their Dogs.  The Florida Keys, in my humble opinion, are the most accepting and in many cases, most welcoming of patrons accompanied by Man's Best Friend.

I have had many transactions that had to take into account how the Buyer's pet(s) would fare in their new surroundings

It is quite common to sit on a patio, at a local eatery, and see several tables that have well behaved dogs aside their Owners..  Many servers will, quite often, bring your dog a doggie bowl with water and even a treat or two.  (  Hmmm you can guess who gets great tips!)

Of course, there are some ground rules.  Dogs must be well behaved, they must be on a leash, and not fed from the table, and so on, and each establishment may have their particulars as well.

Now, we here at American Caribbean are really serious about our love for pets.  Along with our sister real estate company, Marr Properties. we created a charitable arm, called MarrVelous Pet Rescues, whose purpose is to find Forever Homes for distressed rescued pets.  MarrVelous even holds a monthly, "Yappy Hour" on a revolving basis at many of the establishments listed below, where patrons can bring their pet and socialize, and maybe even find a new loving dog to take home.
(I can just imagine two male dogs talking when they get home about a female dog they met and saying "Man, that Bitch was Hot!!" Yes Yes, I know, poor taste, but hey it was just "sitting there")

Below are just some of the Establishments in the Upper Keys that are pet friendly:

Conch House - Key Largo

A Recent 'Yappy Hour" at Snook's in Key Largo
Snapper’s - Key Largo

Pilot House - Key Largo

Sundowner -Key Largo

Sharkey’s - Key Largo
 
Snook's - Key Largo

Island Grille - Windley Key

Marker 88 -Plantation Key

Smuggler’s Cove - Windley Key
 
Hog Heaven - Windley Key

Taster’s - Tavernier

Lorelei - Upper Matecumbe

Postcard Inn – outside - Windley Key

Island Grille at Mandalay - Key Largo

Islamorada Fish Company - Upper Matecumbe

Big Chill – outside -Key Largo

Hungry Tarpon, aka "Robbie's" - Lower Matecumbe

Buzzard’s Roost - Key Largo

Shipwrecks - Key Largo

Gilbert’s - Cross Key on Jewfish Creek

Alabama Jack’s - Card Sound at the foot of the bridge

These are just some of the great establishments that welcome our pets.  Please give them your business when you have your pet in tow.

Gives a whole new meaning to "Doggie Bag"

Thank You Kathleen.  What a great idea for a post!

Work with an Agent who is "Client Friendly".  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Your Conchquistador Congratulates My Friend and Colleague Joel Young On Being Named, "REALTOR of The Year",by The FL Keys Board of REALTORS!

Sometimes in Life you are allowed the opportunity to work with one of the "Good Guys".

Let's face it, when some people still think of a Real Estate Agent in South Florida, thoughts of  guys with Pencil Thin mustaches that they twirl at the ends while they impart the wondrous value of swamp land come to mind. And yes... there were those unsavory characters that have sullied our reputation as Real Estate Professions here in South Florida and it has taken a considerable amount of time to turn the tide.

Joel Young being Awarded "REALTOR of  The Year" by The Florida Keys Board of Realtors
But then comes, Joel Young....A Galahadian version of what we, as vessels of our profession, should be!  Joel, has just been named by The Florida Keys Board of Realtors as their "Realtor of The Year", and boy did they get that RIGHT!

I have had the privilege of working with Joel, here at American Caribbean Real Estate for three years, and can personally attest to his work ethic, community involvement, and Heck...Ethics in general!For Joel, There is no other road, than the High One.

Joel, a previous recipient of The Board's "Rookie of The Year' honor, has also served as a member of the MLS Board with me, and now is a member of the Master Board.  As well, he was just named to The Board of Directors for the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.  Joel's commitment to Community Service is also quite evident here in our little slice of Paradise.

And when it comes to Real Estate, Joel is an Ace.  Having worked with happy clientele with Properties ranging from Multi-Million Dollar Waterfront Estates to Condos and Mobile Homes, Joel's Contract Knowledge, Enthusiasm, and Energy are Second to none...Wait... Not counting yours truly...LOL.

Joel is a Major Component and Asset of our unique Team here at American Caribbean ( Which in includes Past REALTOR of The Year, Bill Belian, and past Rookie of The Year John Vlad), and I am very happy to call him a colleague, but ven more importantly a Friend!

You can contact Joel at 305.432.6610 or visit his website at CJoelYoung.com.

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"OCEAN'S EDGE", My Newest Listing. Grab A Slice of Islamorada That Others Only Dream About! $4.3M

There comes a point in Life, when one seeks the Pinnacle of location.

In the heart of Islamorada’s “Millionaire’s Row", lies an Oceanfront Oasis like no other, "OCEAN’S EDGE".  

The perfect opportunity, the ideal canvas to create and develop your own exquisite custom Keys retreat with limitless ocean vistas. 

Features include immense and rare custom boat basin with it’s own deep channel access, exceptional dockage for a variety of vessels, ramp, existing CBS Home and huge solid CBS storage out building. Perfect for storage of watercraft and other toys.

The custom built resort quality Tiki is the perfect location for tropical fun.

130' of ocean frontage on almost  2 ACRES.

“Millonaire’s Row “ in Islamorada is home to Artists, Actors, Football Coaches, and award winning Film Producers among other wonderful Florida Keys enthusiasts.

OCEAN’S EDGE, Grab a slice of Islamorada that others only dream about!

More info upon request.

Endless Ocean Views
The Perfect Get Away


No Need to Wait Until 5 O'Clock


Tropical Serenity
Almost 2 Acres of Tropical Bliss

Your Private Steps Right Into The Ocean!
 
Find Your Pinnacle.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Captain Matt Bellinger's Columbus Day Fishing Report...."Get Out on the Water... Go Fish!"

Get Captain Matt Bellinger's October 14, fishing report here!

Captain Matt Bellinger of Bamboo Charters is THE Voice of what's going on. He has been featured on National Geographic Television and his daily reports put you on the fish, with the where when and who of the day's catch

Entertaining and Insightful, Captain Matt always has his line in the water for fresh Intel to help you catch the big ones.
 
Be sure to visit Bamboo Charters to book a trip with Captain Matt.

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, October 11, 2013

"Yes, I Am A Pirate...200 Years Too Late" Your Conchquistador Was Part of This week's Flotilla Protest!

Like Jimmy Buffet sang about being a Pirate too late, your Conchquistador still has a bit of Buccaneer in him!!

As most of you are aware, this crazy Government shutdown has forced the closure of Everglades National Park, the source of livelihood for many of our local fishing guides.
These poor guys are taking it in the proverbial shorts!!
And if the Guides aren't making money, they don't go to restaurants, spend money, and so on and on it goes with the financial ripple, that can even, eventually affect real estate in the long run.

So, what is a Pirate like me supposed to do??? Protest!!!  Along with about 200 of my Keys Brethren.
Yes, about 200 boats, including my vessel the Conch-Keys-Tador, took part this Wednesday, in a peaceful, but very vocal protest of the Park's closure, that certainly got the "Powers That Be's" ear.
Perched at the Park's Border at Cowpen's Cut off Islamorda, we let our sentiments be KNOWN!

Just some of the Many Boats that Took Part in The Flotilla Protest.


Below is a written statement from my friend Captain Bill Kelly,
" Approximately 150 boats carrying more than 500 people assembled Wednesday, October 9th, at the Cowpen's Cut just off Plantation Key in Islamorada to peacefully protest the closure of Everglades National Park to all user activity.  All of the national park closures are having significant, negative, economic impacts on the communities that surround them, not just on fishermen but lodging establishments, restaurants and support services that enhance the park experiences through various outdoor activities.

Although members of Congress and furloughed government workers continue to receive their paychecks, fishing guides are  experiencing a major loss of income due to the closures with no relief in sight.  Our congressman, Rep. Joe Garcia, has voted for and continues to push legislation to open the parks.  Rep. Garcia steadfastly supports our position that citizens and visitors to our national parks should not be penalized by our government's inability to come up with a balanced budget and appropriately address the Nation's financial affairs.

Well-known Capt. Randy Towe of Islamorada, the primary organizer of the rally, deserves a debt of gratitude for his efforts in creating national awareness on the importance of keeping our national parks in full operation to benefit our local economies and in respect for our citizens and international visitors to these venues.

Capt. Bill Kelly, Executive Director
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association'


Below is a response from Congressman Joe Garcia:
 “To everyone gathered in peaceful protest against the closing of Everglades National Park, I stand with you today. As you make your plight – and those of your families, communities and local economies – known in Washington and across the county, I regret my absence. But know that I support your efforts and will be your advocate in Washington. Know that I, like you, will spread the messages of those affected by the shutdown, and fight for its resolution, until these needless and dangerous games being played with the livelihoods of the American people have been put to a stop. It is time to get the country back to work,” 


Let's Hope our this ridiculousness comes to and end quickly and that our honest, hard working, friends can get back to making a living!!!

Though the canons don't thunder and there's nothing to plunder, I don't just want to sit around and wait.

Work with an Agent who gets involved with their Community!  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

"Get Out On The Water...Go Fish!!!" Tune in here for Captain Matt Bellinger's Daily Keys Fishing Reports!!

If you are down here in The Fabulous Florida Keys and you are itching to fish, there in one person to turn to
Captain Matt Bellinger of  Bamboo Charters
for the BEST in what's happening on the Briny.

Captain Matt Bellinger of Bamboo Charters is THE Voice of what's going on. He has been featured on National Geographic Television and his daily reports put you on the fish, with the where when and who of the day's catch.
Captain Matt can be heard daily at local radio stations Sun 103.1 and 100.3 FM and now right here at this very Blog.

Entertaining and Insightful, Captain Matt always has his line in the water for fresh Intel to help you catch the big ones.

As Captain Matt always says..." Get out On The Water....Go Fish!"

Visit Captain Matt's Bamboo Charters here.

Click Here to hear Captain Matt's  Report from Today

Work with an agent who will help you fish for the perfect Keys property! Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Islamorada Boat Tours Now Docks at Holiday Isle!

PCI at Holiday Isle is happy to welcome Islamorada Boat Tours to their marina! They'll be offering a variety
of activities including snorkel tours, eco-tours, sunset cruises and special events. An exciting addition for us and for your Islamorada vacation plans!

Your Conchquistador had the recent privilege of enjoying a Sunset Cruise aboard the Mattie Sue, and man what a pleasant outing! Perfect family entertainment.  Even on a windy day, the ride was super comfortable and I recommend an excursion to anyone looking for a relaxing ride upon the Briny. 

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Brother, Can You Spare $3M??? American Caribbean Real Estate Leads The Upper Keys With 1/2 of 2013's, $3M+ Property Sales!!

You can keep the dime, but if you have $3M jingling in your pocket like so much loose change, you need to give your Conchquistador a call.
Did you know that American Caribbean Real Estate leads the Upper Keys in sales of properties over $3,000,000?
We have been fortunate to have listed half of the four properties that have sold in 2013, and our sister company, Marr Properties had one of the buyers for the other two properties.
This is our niche...This is what we do.

Thus far in 2013, as I mentioned there have been four sales that closed for over $3M in the Upper Keys:
  1. 80221 Overseas Highway, Islamorada - Listed by American Caribbean Real Estate
  2. 75140 Overseas Highway, Islamorada - Listed by American Caribbean Real Estate
  3. 104 Coastal Drive, Key Largo - Sold by Marr Properties
  4. 76041 Overseas Highway, Islamorada
As you can see, the Purple Isles (Islamorada), leads the pack, with a property on luxurious Coastal Drive in Key Largo thrown into the mix.

Here's a little recap of the properties that our company had the privilege to sell.:

80221 Overseas Highway

Sold  Price: $3,250,000 / List Price: $3,850,000

COCOMO'S  Exquisite Oceanfront Estate.  250 ft of sandy beach.  Main house and Guest House.  Listed and sold by our Agent, Kelly Shaw.

Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Available Here



75140 Overseas Highway

Sold  Price: $3,325,000 / List Price: $3850,000

SAFE HAVEN, magnificent Bayside estate. First time on the market. Over 4000 sf, holding a commanding presence on the Gulf of Mexico.  Listed by our Broker, Joy Martin.

Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Available Here

So...it's a no brainer who you are going to call when you are ready to buy or sell that super luxury home in the Keys...right??


We have the Marketing, the Contacts, the Knowledge and ATTITUDE to get the job DONE.

Now, about that $3M.....

Work with an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the Keys' Real Estate Market.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.