Coconut Cove resort & Marina is located on the Island of Windley Key, the third Key as your drive South. Orriginally named Windley Key Resort it was built in the 1950's by the Hank Dohrman and Family, he also operating a charter boat, and records indicate years later had a small restaurant and dive operatotion.
Hurricane Donna struck the Resort on September 9th, 1960 leveling three buildings that had eight units and took out all the trees. Water remained high for days.
A series of owners held the property after the Hurricane with little change. New owners in 1984 developed plans to add rooms, the restaurant and other facilities but due to a governmental mistake in the zoning the plans were held up. The resort was closed in 1986 in deteriorating condition, development delays, legal actions and with a rumored drug busts.
Mr. Paul E. Bates a pilot for American Airlines based out of Miami international airport found the property while jogging in 1991 many 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 the resort after two years of research 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 Tiki Bar Restaurant was born. The restaurant has in inside bar, outside Tiki bar with a large covered seating area right on the Atlantic ocean with breath taking views.
In 1998 1.1 acres was bought, and the building of a new administration facility was finished in June of 2003.
In June of 2004 the swimming pool, water falls, cave, Jacuzzi, with fiber optics, a zero beach entrance, water canons, ledges, all natural with lush landscaping was started with the pool due to be operational in September with added features later in the fall.
Paul is dedicated in keeping the mom and pop ecco resort with its sanding roads and meadows and he has kept the Northern property as a self designated nature preserve. Environmental preservation of the keys for the future generations is essential to the family.