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ZGWS 34th Annual Convention
Islamorada, Florida Keys, Florida
June 20 - 22, 2016

Pre-convention visit to Zane Grey's Everglades City
After convention trip to Key West & Dry Tortugas Island

Updated convention program
Pre-convention trip schedule
Presentation and book signing by Thomas Knowles on Islamorada and the Long Key Fishing Camp

We hope you’re planning to join us for a very special 2016 ZGWS Convention in Southwest Florida. You’ll find more details in the next two issues of the Zane Grey Review, in the email or paper copy that we sent to all members and here on the Society website. However, we wanted to make sure you have this preliminary information so you can make your lodging reservations as early as possible.

This is especially critical for the Guy Harvey Resort in Islamorada—site of our main convention. Though the resort has set aside a block of rooms for us, they have the right to withdraw rooms from our block if we don’t reserve early (probably sometime in January).

For pre-convention attendees flying into SWFL International Airport (RSW) on June 17, we recommend:

LODGING: Courtyard Fort Myers, Gulf Coast Town Center, 10050 Gulf Ctr Dr, Ft. Myers, 33913

Free shuttle from SWFL International Airport
Approx. cost: $129/night plus taxes
Phone: 239-332-4747
Next door to Bass Pro with ZG Room

Website: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/rswap-courtyard-fort-myers-at-i-75-and- gulf-coast-town-center/

Zane Grey in the Everglades (info provided by Dr. Alan Pratt)

ZG in Florida


Saturday–Sunday, June 18-19

See the Florida Everglades as Zane Grey saw it on his Everglades expedition in 1924.

LODGING: Ivey House B&B, 107 Camelia St, Everglades, FL 34139
Phone: 239-695-3299
Approx. cost $90/night plus taxes
No ZGWS block at present; inn rooms and cottage options, all on first floor
Nice breakfast and seating areas and many other amenities

Website: http://iveyhouse.com

Other lodging options nearby, including:
Everglades City Motel, 309 Collier Ave, Everglades, FL 34139
Phone: 239-695-4224
Website: www.evergladescitymotel.com

Ivey HouseBifde's Eye View Everglades City

Ivey House
Bird's Eye View - Everglades City

Jet Boat

Jet Boat in Everglades



Monday–Wednesday, June 20-22

Islamorada, the island just south of Key Largo, is known as the “Saltwater Fishing Capital of the World.” The 2016 ZGWS convention will be held in the beautiful Guy Harvey Islander Resort on the Atlantic. ZGWS activities in Islamorada will take place in the 300-seat Convention Center or at the Keys History and Discovery Center—both on the resort premises.

LODGING: Guy Harvey Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Toll free: 800-753-6002 (Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Zane Grey group)

Website: http://guyharveyoutpostislamorada.com

Cost at ZGWS group rate $169/night plus taxes; up to $209 (depending on room and view)
Double queen and king rooms available; also a few ocean-view rooms with two beds
Space is limited and the resort may reclaim rooms from our block if reservations are slow
Discounted rate available for early arrivals (from June 19) and late departures (to June 24).
Optional Thursday group activities TBA.

Keys History Center Guy Harvey Oceanside

Keys History Center
Guy Harvey Resort Oceanside

June is a peak time in Islamorada and ALL rooms on the island will go quickly.

We recommend lodging at the convention site, if you can do so but wherever you stay—


Alternative lodging: Breezy Palms and many other options nearby at varying price levels

Keys Sunset

Keys Sunset


Thursday–Saturday, June 23-25

The Florida Keys—the “American Caribbean”—span 110 miles connected by bridges and causeways. Key West is called the “Last Resort,” because it is the southernmost point in the continental U.S.


No blocks available; all rooms reserved on first come/first served basis
Many lodging options available but we recommend:

Best Western Hibiscus, 1313 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-294-3763

Approx. cost: Thurs., June 23—$179/night plus taxes; Fri., June 24—$201/night plus taxes
61 rooms; older hotel but comfortable and clean, with good reviews; includes breakfast
3 minutes from beach, 10-minute walk to Hemingway House

Website: http://bestwesternflorida.com/hotels/best-western-hibiscus-motel

Key_West Hemingway_house

Key West
Hemingway house

Dry Tortugas National Park is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Island features you’ll enjoy include historic Ft. Jefferson, undisturbed coral reefs teeming with sea life, fishing, kayaking and more.

Yankee Freedom III, the Dry Tortugas Ferry: https://www.drytortugas.com/

Dry Tortugas

Fort Jefferson - Dry Tortugas National Monument


Public transportation (ferry or seaplane) departs from Key West
Island ferry, Yankee Freedom III, $175 per person, refundable until day before
Check-in 7:00 a.m.; return 5:15 p.m.; trip 2 hrs, 15 min. each way
Includes breakfast, lunch, fortress tour and snorkeling gear

For trip planning, see: www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/directions.htm

For National Park Service info and Dry Tortugas Island tour, contact:
Toll free phone: 800-634-0939 Local phone: 305-294-7009
Website: www.drytortugas.com

Look for more details soon.

For a listing of past conventions, click here.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

Date Time   Event/Activity
Saturday June 18th - Sunday June 19th All Day   Pre-Convention Trip to Everglades City, for visit to Everglades National Park.
Monday, June 20 Afternoon   Check-in and Registration.
Evening   Opening BBQ Dinner
Tuesday, June 21 Morning   Morning - opening meetings, Keynote address by Dr. Joe Wheeler
Lunch   Memorial Lunch
Afternoon   Presentations
Evening   Member's Book Fair
Wednesday, June 22 Morning  

Annual Auction

Thursday, June 23 Morning   Visit Long Key, site of the Long Key Fishing Club
Afternoon   make your way to Key West for After Convention Trip
Evening   On you own in Key West
Friday, June 24th All Day  

Boat Tour to Dry Tortugas National Park
On your own for the evening

We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2016! If you have questions about anything, please contact.

Henry Nardi
Rosanne Vrugtman
xun@sbcglobal.net (preferred)

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