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October 27 2014 Time: Monday 5:30 p.m.
North end of Indian Key Bridge
On Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., the new sign designating the Indian Key Irving R. Eyster Bridge will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony. The ceremony will be held bayside, on the south end of Indian Key Fill, adjacent to the Overseas Highway. Irving’s wife Jeane, daughter Barbara, sons Robert and David, grandchildren Cinnamon, Evan and Veronica welcome everyone to attend the dedication ceremony. Parking is available in the gravel area beyond the boat ramp. Immediately following the dedication ceremony, a gathering to celebrate the bridge dedication and share stories about Irving will be hosted at Robbie’s located on US-1 bayside at the northern end of Lower Matecumbe Key. Irving Eyster was widely known for his work to preserve Indian Key and Florida Keys artifacts. As an archaeologist and historian, Irving performed excavations from Ocean Reef to Key West, and spent a great deal of time researching Indian Key and ensuring its preservation. Irving helped form the Matecumbe Historical Trust in 1995, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, history and preservation of the Florida Keys. In 1976, he shared his knowledge and passion for the Florida Keys through his first book about Indian Key; the same year, he helped to establish the first Indian Key Festival. Following Irving’s death in February 2014 at the age of 95, the Village Council appealed to Florida Legislators to name the Indian Key Bridge after the much beloved Islamorada resident. The co-designation of the Indian Key Bridge in honor of Irving R. Eyster is a fitting tribute to his life’s work and his legacy. The Indian Key Irving R Eyster Bridge designation was approved by the Florida Legislature and the Governor during the 2014 legislative session. For more information call Barbara at 305-393-0940.

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