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Old 07-03-2016, 08:29 AM   #43
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There will come a day when the Keys are gated off at Key Largo and only the wealthy and their servants may pass.
And the day workers/laborers will be bused in from the mainland (as some are now I believe).

There is a new campground in Key Largo. I' don't know if it has opened yet and I can't remember the name. The sign out front says it's a luxury campground, which seems pretty ridiculous as you can see the whole small, barren, totally cleared area from U.S. 1. It might have 20-30 sites with nothing (as of a couple of weeks ago) between them. I imagine the only thing "luxury" about this place will be the price.
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:26 PM   #44
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FWIW Interstate 75 is Alligator Alley. US41 is the Tamiami Trail. The trail goes into Miami. Alligator Alley goes to Fort Lauderdale and is a toll road.
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I know I 75 is called alligator alley but i thought i read where you see more gators on Tamiami trail. is this wrong?
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You are likely to see gators in any body of freshwater anywhere in South Florida. Many years ago they used to come up the bank in my backyard to sun themselves. If you look, you will see them. Go into Everglades National Park and you'll see hundreds.
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And the day workers/laborers will be bused in from the mainland (as some are now I believe).

There is a new campground in Key Largo. I' don't know if it has opened yet and I can't remember the name. The sign out front says it's a luxury campground, which seems pretty ridiculous as you can see the whole small, barren, totally cleared area from U.S. 1. It might have 20-30 sites with nothing (as of a couple of weeks ago) between them. I imagine the only thing "luxury" about this place will be the price.

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That's the one.
There is a long way to go from the current state, to the artist rendering, of what it will look like.
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FWIW Interstate 75 is Alligator Alley. US41 is the Tamiami Trail. The trail goes into Miami. Alligator Alley goes to Fort Lauderdale and is a toll road.
Yep, I stand corrected in that the portion of I-75 that travels from one side of Florida to the other IS the official Gator Alley but don't count on seeing any or for that matter you will be lucky to see one.

Route 41 or Tamiami Trail parallels the I-75 four lane freeway further south and it's a two lane road with waterways on both sides of the road which are FILLED with gators.

If you want to observe hundreds of gators while going or coming from the keys then that's the route you should take. Trust me you will be VERY disappointed if you take I-75 and expect to see a any significant amount of gators.

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thanks DR4,

Also whats the best way to keep from getting bit from all the no c ems? my wife has a terrible time with skeeters also.

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thanks DR4,

Also whats the best way to keep from getting bit from all the no c ems? my wife has a terrible time with skeeters also.........
We haven't noticed no see ums in the Keys during the winter months. Skeeters can be around any time. You need to experiment to find the best deet-based but skin friendly spray or lotion that the DW can tolerate.
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We haven't noticed no see ums in the Keys during the winter months. Skeeters can be around any time. You need to experiment to find the best deet-based but skin friendly spray or lotion that the DW can tolerate.

We have been spending Oct in the Keys for several years now and haven't found bugs to be much of a problem. If you get into heavy foliage in the state parks they may be worse. I agree that a Deet based product should be adequate when needed.
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Usually there is enough breeze to keep them away, but if not, Skin So Soft, a deet spray and citronella candles will help to keep them at bay.
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We have wintered in the Keys for 5 years and rarely encounters bugs.

Most times it is near the shoreline mangroves, around sundown.

Since we're out on a moored boat, we have noticed a few, when the wind is dead calm, but most boaters don't even use screens down there.

Although it's a sensitive environmental area, with all sorts of rules and protections, they have a mosquito control authority that does a good job. They're not on the protected list.
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thanks DR4,

Also whats the best way to keep from getting bit from all the no c ems? my wife has a terrible time with skeeters also.

We are t minus 2 months and counting
We have encountered the no see ums a couple of times. Always when near dense mangroves and little wind. They like to come out about dusk. The best defense is a large fan. A box type or larger. If they can't fly toward you, they can't bite. Not bad to keep you cool if it's hot too.

If you are in Marathon or passing through there is a True Value called Specialty Hardware that sells repellent that is supposed to work on them. Some people swear by it.
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good info we are staying at bluewater rv. Please any more info on the keys is great. Info on fishing? boat, waverunner renatls. good eats and things we must see. evening dinner or wine sunset cruise?
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