Summerland Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys approximately 20 miles east of Key West.U.S. 1 (or the Overseas Highway) crosses the island at approximately mile markers 24—25.5, between Ramrod Key and Cudjoe Key. The name appears on U.S. Coast Survey chart #169 in 1878.Summerland Key is a bedroom community located almost mid-way between the "large" cities of Marathon and Key West.It is home to the Brinton Environmental Center of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. Also located on Summerland Key is a field station for Mote Marine Laboratory.A private, 2550-foot community airstrip (FD51) is located just south of the Overseas Highway on West Shore Drive at mile marker 25 - Lat: N 2439.5 Long: W 08126.5 Elev: 4 . History 82W 81W 80W 26N 25N 24NBeginning in 1948, Henry Hudgins, the father of modern Summerland Key, started developing Summerland from an uninhabited tropical wilderness to an upscale residential neighborhood.While Hudgins was the chief structural engineer for the City of Miami, he met Waren Niles, whose family owned a large part of Summerland since the 1900s. In 1941, the Niles family notified Hudgins they were considering selling their Summerland property. By 1947, Hudgins had made an offer of $100,000 for the purchase of the Niles property and the family sold their Summerland real estate to Hudgins.In the fall of 1948 two hurricanes hit the Lower Keys with tidal surges that rose six feet and caused much flood damage to the area. After Hudgins saw the high water mark on Summerland he decided that homes built in his development would have to be elevated. He purchased two surplus military buildings and had his construction crews secure them atop utility poles at the foot of what is Dobie Street today. This was not only the Hudgins family's first home on Summerland, but also one of the first homes in the Keys on stilts — if not the first in all the Keys. Building code today requires all homes be built elevated to be above the floodplain.Hudgins drew up plans for streets and canals for the development and began dredging operations to form the canals. Unhappy with the results of the dredge, Hudgins developed a new technique that was later adopted for digging all the man made canal of the Keys.During the development of Summerland Key, the nearest post office was on Ramrod Key and had been there since 1919. After years of serious effort to get a post office on Summerland, Hudgins got his chance. After the postmaster of the Ramrod post office retired, she suggested that it be moved to Summerland and Hudgins was named postmaster.Hudgins' wife Mary learned to fly and kept a plane in Marathon. After meeting Philip Toppino of Toppino Brothers construction on Rockland Key, who also liked flying, Toppino suggested that Hudgins build an air strip on Summerland. Around 1956, Hudgins and Toppino formed a partnership and developed a section of Summerland, named Summerland Cove, with a landing strip flanked by homes on both sides and canals behind the homes.As property began to sell in his development, Hudgins moved his family to a small wooden home on Center Street to be closer to the post office, The home still stands there today.In the late 1950s, Hudgins purchased the property to build his dream home, Hermitage, on property facing Niles Channel once owned by the Garibaldi Niles homestead. Designed by Hudgins, the home sat on concrete pilars with a porch facing the channel. The home was designed to withstand 150 mph winds and Hermitage still stands today. Hudgins was only able to enjoy his creation for a few years, he died in 1962.Lasting legacies to Hudgins include his airstrip off West Shore Drive, Henry Street (named for him), Dobie Street (named for his second wife), and Hermitage — Hudgins dream home on Niles channel.Summerland Key was also home to singer-songwriter Fred Neil, composer of "The Dolphins" and "Everybody's Talkin'." Neil died here in July 2001.
Toby Price and Summerland KeyToby Price is an Australian motocross racer. He lives in Singleton, New South Wales, and rides for the KTM Off-Road Racing Team.Contents 1 Amateur career 2 Australian career 2.1 2004-2008 2.2 2009 2.3 2010 2.4 2011 2.5 2012 2.6 2013 2.7 2014 3 Sponsorships 4 Major titles 5 ReferencesAmateur careerRaised in a family that loves motorsports, he started riding motorbikes aged 2 years and started winning races at four. His father, John Price, is a former off-road buggy Australian champion. As a junior, living in Roto and then Hillston, Price frequently won New South Wales and Australian junior titles from around 1994 to 2003.In 2003, Price won both of the two top divisions in the Australian Junior Motocross Championships, the 15 Years 125cc class and the 13–16 years 250cc 4-stroke, 12 weeks after breaking both wrists in a training accident. Australian career 2004-2008Price began his professional career in Australia in 2004, aged 16. After winning two Australian junior titles in 2003 he was signed by Kawasaki Australia. Injuries kept him from competing for much of this time. 2009Riding for Kawasaki, he won the Australian Off-Road Championship in his first year of competition. He was awarded the Australian Dirt Bike magazine Rookie of the Year title.Chosen to ride for Australia in the 2009 Enduro in Portugal, Price was the fastest under-23 years rider and was 14th in the world. 2010Riding for KTM, Price won most of the major Australian Off-Road titles of 2010: AORC, Finke (on first attempt), Hattah (on first attempt), A4DE. 2011Except for a fuel mishap in round one of the 2011 AORC, and a mechanical failure in the Finke Desert Race, Price again won most of the major off-road races in Australia. He won rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the AORC, Hattah and the A4DE. A mid-season injury put him out of the AORC title chase, leaving him in ninth place overall.Selected for the Australian team to compete in the 2011 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) competition in Finland from 8 to 13 August, Price finished fourth in the E2 class of the ISDE and eighth overall, making him the highest finishing Australian. 2012Price took first place Pro Class Melbourne Enduro-X and won the Finke Desert Race and Hattah Desert Race He also won AORC, the first time it had been won from the E3 class, winning eight of the ten rounds, and finishing second in the other two.He was selected for the Australian team to compete in the 2012 International Six Days Enduro competition in Germany from 24 to 29 September, leading the Australian team to second place in the world. After the first couple of days, Price was leading the E3 class and was fifth overall, despite a bent front wheel from the first day. Near the halfway mark of the event, he suffered broken ribs in an incident. He continued despite the injuries, finishing second in the E3 class and tenth overall.Two weeks after returning from the ISDE, Price won the E3 class in the A4DE, coming second overall, still riding with broken ribs. 2013Riding for KTM, Price won rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the AORC, leading the E3 class and Outright.While in California riding for KTM America in the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship in April, Price was involved in a crash, breaking three bones in his neck, and his thumb. After a major operation to repair his neck, Price was unable to ride until September. Following intensive rehabilitation, he returned to America and joined the KTM America team (though not riding) for the November Baja 1000 in which his teammate Kurt Caselli was killed.Price's first major race after the broken neck was the December Red Bull Day In The Dirt in California, where he came second. 2014Price won round 1 of the AORC, but suffered a crash that put him out of round 2. Less than a month later, still suffering the effects of the crash, he came second in rounds 3 and 4. He placed first in rounds 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11, becoming the only rider to win the AORC four times.In June, he won the Finke Desert race for the third time.Price won the Hattah Desert Race in July.He won all three rounds of the Western Australian Desert Tri-Series, the Kumarina 500 in June, Doorawarrah 500 in July and Indee 500 in August. SponsorshipsKTM (2009–present) Lancaster Motor Group Sony Action Cam, Spy, Ogio Ethika, CTI Braces, Shotz, GoPuck Lusty Industries, Holden, Malibu Boats Kawasaki (2003–2009) Major titles2009 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) 2010 Finke Desert Race 2010 Hattah Desert Race 2010 Australian 4 Day Enduro (A4DE) 2010 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) 2011 Hattah Desert Race 2011 Australian 4 Day Enduro (A4DE) 2012 Finke Desert Race 2012 Hattah Desert Race 2012 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) 2014 Finke Desert Race 2014 Hattah Desert Race 2014 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
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