Featuring three great days of the very best Stock Island has to offer with music, foodie events, wine, beer & rum pairings history & art studio tours, water sports and the freshest, most delicious seafood in the Keys, straight off our boats! Mark your calendars to join us for this second annual event.

Stock Island 

Stock Island is a tiny parcel of land across Cow Key Channel from Cayo Hueso (Key West). Always known as a working community -- from its days as a freighter port with ‘stock’ for the liveries to today’s bustling docks for the shrimp and fishing boats to the live-aboard marinas -- Stock Island has an eclectic, rustic charm all its own. Come check us out and find out why we Love Stock Island!

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[adapted] CAROL SHAUGHNESSY, Florida Keys News Bureau When Bobby Mongelli looks around the Hogfish Bar and Grill, he sees far more than the funky, quintessentially casual locals' emporium he created overlooking the water in Stock Island's Safe Harbor area. In his mind's eye, he can visualize a revitalized Stock Island — a working waterfront community alive with history, where Florida Keys shrimpers and commercial fishermen unload their catches as tourists watch, and a harbor walk connects small shops, restaurants, fish markets, marinas and artist studios. In fact, on the island next to Key West, he envisions a vibrant, close-knit community much like the one he embraced in Key West in the late 1970s and early '80s. And he's working with other longtime residents and business owners to preserve Stock Island's waterfront character and way of life while rejuvenating the rundown industrial landscape. Mongelli has felt like a local since early in his Keys sojourn, when he was captivated by the residents' friendliness and reveled in catching his own lobster and fish for dinner. He still spends much of his leisure time on the water, spearfishing or taking his four kids out wakeboarding. Mongelli's abiding affection for his home and its surrounding waters fuels his efforts to shape Stock Island's future. "There's a whole group of people that are going to try to preserve the waterfront for the fishermen and develop a tourist economy at the same time," he says. "People have this vision in their minds of this old Key West fishing community — and Stock Island is becoming what Key West used to be." The community also has its own vibrant heritage. A ferry that once connected Key West and Havana departed from a dock across from the Hogfish, and local lore says Safe Harbor was a staging area for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. However, discovering the historic working waterfront is just one of the activities Mongelli suggests for visitors to the Florida Keys. "Take a sunset cruise," he advises. "It'll blow you away. Eat some local seafood. Have a margarita on the beach at sunset — it's so relaxing. And see the Keys like a local. That's how you see the real Keys."
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The I Love Stock Island Initiative is seeking not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status and operates under the guidance of a diverse board of directors comprised of community members who care about and have a vested interest in improving our island while adhering to our Mission: I LOVE STOCK ISLAND MISSION STATEMENT:  Dedicated to preserving the cultural history of Stock Island by promoting its healthy future through outreach, marketing and special events to make our community a better place to live, work and play.
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Stock Island 

Stock Island is a tiny parcel of land across Cow Key Channel from Cayo Hueso (Key West). Always known as a working community -- from its days as a freighter port with ‘stock’ for the liveries to today’s bustling docks for the shrimp and fishing boats to the live-aboard marinas -- Stock Island has an eclectic, rustic charm all its own. Come check us out and find out why we Love Stock Island!

November 25, 26, 27, 2016 

Featuring three great days of the very best Stock Island has to offer with music, foodie events, wine, beer & rum pairings history & art studio tours and the freshest, most delicious seafood in the Keys, straight off our boats! Festival Proceeds will stay in our community to help with local projects. Mark your calendars to join us for this inaugural event.  VENDORS | STOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES | SPONSORS | VOLUNTEERS  
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Stock Rock & Roll Bike Brunch Ride (Free to participate) Sunday, Nov. 27  10 am – 1 pm. Bring your bike or rent one from We Cycle to experience this one-of-a-kind ride around Stock Island. You can visit as many Stock Island Bars/Restaurants as you like and at your own pace. Many will offer special brunch menu items & pricing. Many attractions will be open as well. Short, 45 minute guided history tours available from We- Cycle parking lot at 10 am and 11 am.