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Musicians, artists, politicians and community volunteers persevered against the worst hurricane season in history to bring an outstanding event to the Florida Keys while raising funds for Ocean Springs MS, a town devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Islamorada declared Ocean Springs their sister city, planned a benefit concert and raised thousands of dollars before hurricane Wilma forced the third consecutive hurricane evacuation of the Keys and a postponement of the planned event. 

Photo @ 2006 Belinda Serata
Bo Diddley


Photo @ 2006 Belinda Serata
Mayor Bob Johnson of Islamorada gives Keys to the City to Ocean Springs Mayor,  Connie Moran


Clarence Clemons
Most of the artists scheduled to perform were able to come to the January 8 event which, this time, had picture perfect weather.  For a five dollar donation, the audience enjoyed an all-day concert with headliners:  Bo Diddley, Clarence Clemons and the Soul Providers of South Florida.  

Members of Soul Providers surround 
Bo Diddley


Check back on this website for more pictures, more links and to learn how the fundraiser will help Ocean Springs

Founder's Park in Islamorada was the perfect venue for this family affair.  In addition to the concert field there is a fishing jetty, sandy beach and dog park, where Jill Hayes organized a pet party.

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Photo @ 2006 Belinda Serata

The concept for the Florida Keys for Katrina relief was first proposed by backcountry guide Capt. Jimmy Lozar (pictured above playing harmonica) and soon gained enthusiastic support from Keys residents.


Limited Edition Posters by 
by marine life artist
Pasta Pantaleo
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Pet Park Photos Courtesy of 
Island Dog Photography

Students of the Keys contributed greatly to the success of this event.

       

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Photo @ 2006 Belinda Serata

 

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