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Merion Ritter


It is with great sadness that I report that Mrs. Merion Ritter, an original owner along with her late Husband, Julius Ritter, and former member of the Board of Directors at the Hawks Nest passed away in her home on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the age of 101. This photo was taken just a month ago at Thanksgiving.

Merion and Julius were good friends of my parents, and many of the early owners. Her Daughter Ruth Ladd, and her grandchildren remain familiar faces at the Hawks Nest.

If you would like to express your condolences, you may write to: Ruth Ladd, 15 Pine Knoll Road, Lexington, MA 02420-1206. Please click Here to view her obituary.

Trade Wanted

Hawks Nest owner Harry Bakely has asked that I post this for him. Harry owns a two bedroom unit at the Coconut Mallory Resort in Key West during Week 14. He is interested in trading that for any two bedroom at the Hawks Nest for Week 14 in 2016. It could be fun to spend one week of your vacation in Key West for a change. If you’re interested, call Harry at (609) 593-6348. If there’s no answer, leave him a message and he’ll call you back.

Here We Go Again

The front-page story on today’s (7/23) Keynoter is entitled “Developer Singh wants Knights Key”. Well, not all of Knights Key, Just the campground and marina.

The story goes on to say that Pritam Singh wants to turn the property into a 199 room resort. Plans will be presented to the Marathon Planning Commission on August 17, and then the City Council in September. If approved, he hopes to purchase the property in December and commence construction next spring.

Of course, we’ve heard this kind of stuff before, but this guy’s the real deal. He’s the one who developed Tranquility Bay and Indigo Reef in Marathon, and the Truman Annex in Key West. So for better or worse, we may be looking at a new high-end neighbor in the near future.

Only in the Keys!

Press Release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office:

Pirate charged with disorderly conduct
Deputies responding to a “shots fired” call on the old Seven Mile Bridge Monday night arrested a man in a full pirate costume, complete with operational black powder pistols in holsters on each hip, a sword and two knives.

Dispatchers received a call at 8:20 p.m. The caller wanted to report a pirate firing a gun on the bridge. When Deputy Garrett Bragg arrived, he found 58 year old Jamie Spering, who said he is an entertainer. He said he was on the bridge with friends for sunset. He admitted shooting both of his black powder pistols. He said there was no projectile loaded in the pistols, just the powder. He said he shot the guns safely, toward the water. Witnesses contradicted his story, saying he fired one shot toward the water and one toward cars traveling on the bridge.
Spering was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and booked into jail.