Coconut Cove & Keys History
Man Finds the Florida Keys
Connecting the Keys
History of Coconut Cove Resort
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|Man finds the Keys
The first humans arrived between 11,000 and 12,000 years ago inhabited the near shore area, now under 150 feet of water. Ponce de Leon arrived with Columbus on his second trip to the new world in 1493 and made it to Florida in 1513 landing between St. Augustine and Jacksonville and then down to the Keys. In 1762, the British captured Havana and kept it until the Spanish traded Florida for Havana.
When the British lost the war of independence with the United States the British gave Florida to Spain to keep it from the rebel Americans. The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1818 for Five Million Dollars.
Paul Bates, owner
|Connecting the Islands of the Keys:
Henry Flagler had a dream to connect his railroad to Key West by building a series of bridges over the Keys, now called the overseas Highway. It was considered the 8th wonder of the world and took many lives of men working in a most inhospitable climate. on January 22, 1912 Mr. Flagler rode the first train from Florida City to Key West. On September 2, 1932 tragedy stuck the Keys in the "Labor Day Hurricane" the worst hurricane ever with reported wind of 200 miles an hour. Seas covered the keys reaching 18 feet and the baronet registered the lowest in history, a mere 26.35 destroying the railroad. 700 people were killed and hard times were had by all especially while in the great depression. The overseas highway began constructed and was completed on January 25, 1938.
|Pictured below is owner Paul E. Bates also an Airline Pilot|
|History of Coconut Cove Resort
Windley Cove Resort was built in the 1950's by the Hank Dohrman and Family, he also operating a charter boat, and records indicate years latter a small restaurant and dive operator.
Hurricane Donna struck the Resort on September 9th, 1960 leveling buildings and trees. Water remained for days.
A series of owners held the property after the Hurricane with little change. The resort was closed in 1986 in deteriorating condition and legal actions with rumored drug busts.
Mr. Paul E. Bates a pilot for American Airlines based out of Miami international airport found the property while jogging 9 years after closure. It was in very bad shape. covered in overgrowth with ceiling caved in and the buildings basically just cement shells, with raccoon and possums living in them. Paul went into contract to purchase and started rebuilding the resort in October of 1993.
The name was soon changed from Windley Cove Resort to Coconut Cove Resort & Marina and a new chapter began after many years of deterioration and destruction of the property.
In December of 1996 Paul's beach Bar & Grill Was born.
Paul is dedicated to keeping the property as a nature preserve demonstrating environmental preservation and keeping a natural preserve park setting.