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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friends of Old Seven Attend 7-Mile Bridge Run Registration April 20, 2012

Wow, so many fit, in-shape bodies in one place – the registration for the 2012 seven mile bridge run.  Friends of Old Seven volunteers had no trouble getting petitions signed from the eager runners as they were adamant about showing their support and love for the “Old Seven.” A big thank you to our volunteer team Candy, Chet, Debbie, Frank, Gordon, Jane, Laura, Mary, Pat and of course Libby, our great organizer. We got over 450 petitions signed and distributed brochures, our new bumper stickers and answered many intriguing questions about the history and future goals of our organization.  Friends of Old Seven just got a whole lot of new friends. Thanks to all.

Submitted by Deborah Linker

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flagler Centennial Celebration at the Casa Marina, Key West

Traveling back in time to the Henry Flagler era in costume and ambiance was a once in a lifetime experience at the Casa Marina in Key West January 22, 2012.  The food, surroundings, music, company and the fantastic fireworks displayed as we ate our desert at the ocean’s edge was spectacular.

After a full night of socializing, good food and a considerable amount of red wine I retired for the night in my Flagler Ocean Vista room at the Casa Marina.  Soon after  I was in my silk leopard pajamas – a knock at the door.  Could it be that good looking gentleman dressed like Henry Flagler I just met at the Gala?

No, it was the bell boy with three huge wooden carvings to store in my room.  It seems there was a little glitch with storage of our items from the Silent Auction.  In a bit of a daze, I helped the hotel guys unload boxes, easels and artwork and these heavy (I might say very beautiful) wood carvings of sea creatures into every corner of my room. The bellhop and I discussed what kind of wood could be quite so heavy as we lifted them off the trolley.

Actually, that was the easy part.  The next morning, our president, Bernard Spinrad is the one that had to bubble wrap and haul them back to Marathon to the lucky participant that won the bid.

Although we had limited resources and time to conduct the Friends of Old Seven silent auction, our president Bernard Spinrad, reports pledges of over $10,000.

The good news is we still have items to sell at our upcoming events at the Pigeon Key Art Festival February 11th and 12th, and the Kick-off Party at Sunset Grill on February 19th.

The Friends of Old Seven organization is an entity to be recognized and we’ve just started.


Deborah C. Linker

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pigeon Key Flagler Celebration

It started out a cold and windy Saturday, yet lines of people dressed in jackets and scarves waited in line to brave the ferry ride to Pigeon Key on January 14, 2012 for the family day Flagler Centennial Celebration.  As the day went on, the wind abated with the sun growing warmer and more and more people arrived on this charming historical island to share in the festivities of horseshoes, square dancing, croquette, sack races and great music by local musicians.  Many people walked and rode their bike over the 2.2 mile span of the Old Seven. It was a wonderful day for all.

The Friends of Old Seven thank the Pigeon Key foundation and staff for sharing this day with us and giving us an opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of the status of the Old Seven and the plans for our organization.

As I was in line to catch the ferry back to the Knights Key, it was more apparent than ever, that we need to continue with this mission of Saving the Old Seven and thus Pigeon Key.  I thought How nice it would have been if we could have transported people by golf carts or the little propane powered train.  I also thought, How tragic it would be if the entrance to the bridge were closed.

We just cannot let this happen, we must SAVE OLD SEVEN.


Deborah Linker

Friday, January 13, 2012

Salty Queen

Mighty spirit rises
from  her beautiful
concrete pillars
and arches

with an infinite pathway
enticing us
over a world of blue
past and present blended
swirling waters flowing through.


in quietness
among the
gliding pelicans
and sunning cormorants,

you will hear the whistle
of Flagler’s East Coast train
slowing down
at Knight’s Key
to make the curve
on the Old Seven

with children laughing,
people pointing  in awe
at the wonders of the sea
as they traverse in a different time.

What will be her demise,
this old salty queen
with cracked skin,
rusty bones and
coconut pavement?

Will she fade away
in the crimson sunset
or one mystic sunrise,
fragment by fragment
carried out to the deep?

I think not.

For the Old Seven
is of the Conch Republic
and this majestic treasure
has an everlasting beat
in the heart
of the Florida Keys.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Let’s Visit Awhile

I lived on an island when I was a child.
It’s time to go back there and visit awhile.
Remember the sunsets? No two were alike,
With fires that exploded, just before night.

Fish grew big then and jumped so high.
We ate buckets of shrimp and fresh lobster pie.
We played in the sun and swam in the sea,
Drank coconut milk and built hideouts in trees.

I’d like to go back to that dot in the ocean,
drink key limeade and rub on sun lotion.
I yearn for the laughter, the cheer and the wonder.
Your smile and a big hug will fill my hunger.

We have a chance to make up for lost time.
Grab all your memories, I’ll rekindle mine.
It will be so good to see you, we won’t waste a minute,
Sharing the whole world and all that is in it.

I lived on an island when I was a child.
Come on, go with me. Let’s visit awhile.

By:  Bettye Chaplin

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love On The Old Seven

Just seventeen, she boarded the train in Marathon on her way to Key West to spend Christmas holidays with her family. At the same time a dashing young man boarded the train and the two began to talk, sharing stories of college, their mutual love of tennis and their dreams of the future as young people do.

A year and a half later the two were married in 1915. Much later in an interview with the Miami Herald, the woman, Priscilla Coe Pyfrom, laughed as she stated that she met her husband on the “Old Seven Mile” bridge, which was quite ironic, since her father, Clarence Coe helped design and engineer the bridge.

Priscilla Coe grew up surrounded by the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway, while her mother provided home-cooked meals and hospitality to the young engineers who helped her father with the project.


Amazing, another love affair involving the Historical Old Seven Mile Bridge.  Do you have a story about the Old Seven to share? If you do, email us at:

Help Save the Old Seven Bridge – a Wonderful Asset for All of the Keys

Submitted by:
Deborah C. Linker

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Vision for Marathon

This vision for Marathon is the restructuring of the economy of this island.  I love projects that provide and benefit communities.  The infrastructure is in place with the  airport, new sewage regs., and pro-business town officials.  Marathon needs to really push this “Save Old Seven” movement.  Marathon – the Emerald of the Keys.

I want to proceed with bumper stickers and banners for local business interests to profile.  We need everyone to participate in the Keys but our international profile will be the ticket to development.  How strong are our political allies in the legislature?  To go forward with environmental and structural issues, we must become more politically connected.  We just simply must tie that knot to go forward.  As our organization grows, we need to meet with our State Legislative members to emphasize the economic impact for Marathon with proforma statistical data as well as projected data for public/private partners to view the value of this community redevelopment.  Again, the state college system could help us with market data, statistical analysis, and feasibility studies that would provide data format commands for big developers to come on board.  All we need is to have a registered securities and exchange commission registered accounting firm to sign off on our feasibility and proforma data.  We can do it!

Jerry Chapman

Friday, November 25, 2011

Four-Legged Bridge Walkers

This Saturday I made two new friends, Murray and Zane Grey. They are four-legged bridge walkers on the historical Old Seven Mile Bridge.  According to Zane Grey’s owner, Lynn, her big beautiful a goldendoodle, which was a rescue dog, has been walking the Old Seven since he was ten weeks old.  Lynn is also a volunteer on the team for greenways and trails to keep clean this part of the Overseas Heritage Trail.

Murray, a friendly healthy looking mastiff mix is from Safe harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys (S.H.A.R.K) and is available for adoption along with several other dogs at cats at their facility at 10550 Aviation Blvd.  According to executive director, Katie, the animal rescue facility brings dogs for a bridge walk at least once a week, usually, Saturdays, and entices a passerby to volunteer to walk a dog or two.  If anyone is interested, this wonderful no-kill facility needs volunteers to walk dogs at their facility (305-743-4800.)

In addition, many other local residents walk their dogs on the Old Seven Bridge, a wonderful place to experience nature and interact with other two-legged and four-legged bridge-walkers.

Join the Friends of Old Seven, a non-profit organization


Submitted by:

Deborah C. Linker