|There appears to be possibly
two theories on how Sugarloaf Key got it's name. One would tell us simply that there was
once a very large Indian mound near the eastern shore just north of what is now the Bow
Channel bridge, that was shaped like an old fashioned loaf of sugar, hence the name. The
second theory is that it was simply named after the Sugarloaf Pineapples which were once
grown here commercially. On the north side of the highway, near the airstrip and behind
the Sugarloaf Lodge marina and restaurant can be found the famous "Bat Tower"
constructed by Richter C. Perky in 1929. The fifty foot wooden tower was built to house
large colonies of bats which in turn would hopefully devour the clouds of mosquitoes. The
bait was put out, but the bats never showed up, leaving the tower a conversational point
of interest to this day.
Sugarloaf Key, which is 17 miles from Key West, boasts a motel and restaurant, a marina
with a bait and tackle shop, a convenience store/deli/gas station, a post office, a bank,
an airstrip, a large marine dealer and repair business and an auto repair shop. There is
an excellent kayak eco-tour departing from the marina plus canoe and kayak rentals
available. The key also has a fire station, an elementary school and a church.
Florida Keys Realty, Inc.
P.O. Box 421177 Summerland Key, FL 33042
Mile Marker 21.5 Cudjoe Key
Office: (305) 745-3717 Toll Free: (800) 277-7756