"Casey Key & Duma Key" Casey Key by Ewingjr98

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Stephne King's Casey Key

Stephen King has long had a seasonal home on Casey Key, and in 2008 he published a novel called Duma Key, a fictional account of a small, quiet key just across an old drawbridge from Casey Key.

In the book, King writes, "“There’s a charm-bracelet of keys lying off the west coast of Florida. If you had your seven-league boots on, you could step from Longboat to Lido, from Lido to Siesta, from Siesta to Casey. The next step takes you to Duma Key, nine miles long and half a mile wide at its widest, between Casey Key and Don Pedro Island. Most of it’s uninhabited, a tangle of banyans, palms and Australian pines with an uneven, dune-rumpled beach running along the Gulf edge. The beach is guarded by a waist-high band of sea oats… I knew nothing about the history of Duma Key. I only knew one reached it by crossing a WPA-era drawbridge from Casey Key.”

Casey Key was known as Chaises Key until 1856, when its name was changed to recognize US Army Capt John Charles Casey, who mapped the area and cleared out the Seminoles. In the 1920s the name was briefly changed to Treasure Island, but a few years later, it was reverted back to Casey Key.

The island is just 8 miles long, but it seems much longer with its tiny road and slow speed limits. The tiny key has just 400 houses, one small hotel, and none of the big highrises that mark so many other Florida beaches.

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