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Upper Keys opens doors to new convention center

MANDY MILES/The Citizen|The new convention center at the Islander Resort.
Convention center photo courtesy Islander Resort

ISLAMORADA, Fla. – More than 200 people attended the opening ceremony of the Florida Keys Convention Center at the Islander Resort in Florida’s Upper Keys. The center will accommodate 200 people for an indoor, sit-down dinner event and hundreds more on its patio and surrounding lawn.

The two-story facility will also house a museum and a discovery center, though details of those are still being finalized. The convention center will allow the Islander Resort to host a greater variety of meetings, including its first event, a Habitat for Humanity fund raiser on March 3.

“This is what we needed more than anything in the world,” said Judy Hall, executive director of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber has been actively pursuing group tourism and convention travelers, and this is the missing piece we needed.”

The Islander Resort’s trademark sign, with its 1950s lettering, has been designated a historic landmark. The vintage 1950s style is apparent in the design of the 114-room resort and convention center.

Currently, local art exhibits from the Morada Way Arts Council fills the center’s discovery center area.

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