Why choose Key by the Sea?

Keys RV/Mobile Home Condominium Association, Inc. is now "Key by the Sea". We are a member owned residential association.

In September 2004, the member-owners purchased the park.

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To all Members /owners/ Tenants


During the August Marathon City Council meeting last week, the ordinance amendment allowing transient RV use on permanent lots was approved by a 5-0 vote. The ordinance amendment is now official. 

As you know this process has been long, drawn out and stressful but we have prevailed.


It is now our responsibility to follow the ordinance guidelines as we promised the City Council to ensure the ordinance stands.


The ordinance mandates the following (the following in blue italics is from the ordinance itself):


Mandatory hurricane evacuation.


  1. All operable Recreational Vehicles (RVs) shall be “Road Ready”. Road Ready means that such units shall be fully licensed, shall have wheels on, be on an internal jacking system. And only be affixed to the site by quick disconnect-type utilities commonly utilized in campgrounds and trailer parks and shall not have any permanent attachments such as Florida rooms or porches.


  1. In the event of a mandatory evacuation, all RVs shall be removed from their location and evacuated as required under a Monroe County and City of Marathon emergency declaration whether or not the RV is being used as a dwelling at the time of the emergency declaration. If the RV is not removed, the owner of the property or RV/Mobile Home site will be subject to a potential fine of $250.00 per day by the City of Marathon, from the day after the evacuation order is given through the day that RVs are allowed to return to the City.


  1. This provision shall be enacted through the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) with a routine inspection program, agreed to by the City and carried out within respective Mobile Home / RV Parks. It shall be carried at a minimum prior to the beginning of each hurricane season (June 1- November 30th). The program shall be audited by the City at least once per year at a time prior to the beginning of hurricane season. 


In addition, RVs cannot remain on the property for more than 180 consecutive days. Although the city has stated this will be tough to enforce, it is another strike against us if they find out we are not complying.  

On that note, during the recent evacuation order for tropical storm Laura, it was noted that while several transient RV’s currently on permanent lots did follow the ordinance, several did not.  As we informed you in an email on Saturday, August 22, Doug Lewis, Growth Management Director with the City of Marathon came to Key by the Sea to inform us that if there were ANY RV’s not removed from the park per the evacuation order, he would approach city council and recommend they rescind the Ordinance recently codified.  So, we need to follow the rules of the ordinance because the city has the right to terminate the ordinance if they find we are not following the rules


We do have a list of those that had evacuated or were getting ready to pull out before the order was rescinded and are reminding those that were not intending to follow the ordinance of the consequences to both the property owner and to the other permanent lot owners that are complying. 


  • If the evacuation order had not been rescinded, you, the property owner, would have incurred a $250 PER DAY FINE for each day from the time the order was in effect until the return of RV’s had been allowed.  This includes property owners with tenants on their property.  The fine is levied against the property owner, not the tenant.  We know the City was checking daily to see who was and was not complying.
  • Non-compliance with the Ordinance by SOME could jeopardize the right of ALL permanent lot owners to continue to use their lots for transient use if the Ordinance were to be rescinded. 
  • At this current time, the City is not allowing permanent RV lot owners to situate another permanent RV on those lots so if the City were to rescind the Ordinance, building may be the only option for those owners.  Not all permanent lot owners are prepared to build.


We want to thank the following members and residents that were following the Mandatory evacuation and not jeopardizing the ordinance. 

Lots 8E,24E,34E,52E,74E,76E,77E,79E, 84E,89E,96E,97E,98E,100E 101E,103E,105E,109E,115E,25W,43W,57W,75W,84W,92W,96W,103W,105W,108W. If You evacuated and we missed your lot please inform the office. We understand that the amount of work involved to prepare your property and move your RV is extensive.  However, compliance with the City Ordinance not only protects your right to continue to use your  lot, but also the rights of your fellow neighbors.


Thank you for your patience and for your cooperation. 



East Side Road Closures

"Members and Tenants. We are getting to a portion of the park where complete and lengthy road closures are unavoidable due to there being no room for a pass thru lane for vehicle access, and we cannot have the contractor doing double work to allow vehicles to pass thru at their convenience. Upon notification here is how the road closures will work for the rest of the east side or as necessary. 

The road will be open from Midnight to 8.30 am (will be changed around tide changes), 12 to 12:30 pm and again from 5 to 5.30 pm. If you will need to get to or from your lot during other times of the day it may be necessary for you to park on the west side parking, or near the mailboxes. Although the road may be open sporadically during the day the contractor due to the diameter of the road will not be able to guarantee thru traffic at any other times of the day. The times may be adjusted daily do to tide levels and scheduling conflicts, and we will do our best to give ample notice, but cannot guarantee that more than a few hours’ notice can be given due to the conditions on the ground changing all the time.  We apologize for any inconvenience it may cause and will try and minimize it as much as possible. The east side road closures should not last more than four weeks depending on weather and other unanticipated issues.

If you need rides to your vehicle or from your lot during Key by the Sea business hours please call the office and we will try if available to pick you up via Golf cart and get you as close to your destination as possible.

Sincerely Management

After Hours Drop Box

The office now has a drop box for paperwork next to the front door.

Please use this to deliver any paperwork if the office is closed.

drop box use


Normal Office Hours

Mon, Tue., Thur., Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closed for lunch usually Noon - 1:00 PM, can vary)

Sat, Sun, Wed Closed

305 743-5164



Keys RV/Mobile Home Condominium Association, Inc.

This location has been serving transient and long term mobile home residences since the early 1950's. In September 2004, the member-owners purchased the park. They established and incorporated it for the purpose of providing site ownership for the residences. Key RV/Mobile Home Condominium Association is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in the Florida Keys. All rentals and or sales are handled by the individual owners, please do not call the association office regarding rentals as we have nothing to do with rentals or sales.

The association common property includes Atlantic Ocean access via private canal dockage or private canal boat ramp.

Bathhouse There are three bathhouses and full service Laundry facilities located within the park.

The Clubhouse/Recreation Hall is located near the entrance and is used for various functions including: fish fries, community meetings, pot-luck dinners, New Years Eve parties, bingo, dances, board meetings and other get-togethers.
The property also includes an ocean-point waterfront pavilion, with picnic tables, park benches and barbecue. This is a great place for a picnic or just relaxing with friends enjoying a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is a pet friendly community.

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