As a Miami resident for over 40 years, I have always enjoyed getting away to Key Largo for the fishing, boating,
and relaxation that is unique to the area. Being able to share the Key Largo laid back life style with other families from
all over the world has truly been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Over the years I have been
able to meet so many people and share stories with them. They all seem to have the same things in common, they all
love experiencing nature and the outdoors in a way that brings them closer together as a family.
am married to a very supportive wife Charlene and have two great kids, Sofia and Fernando Jr. They all love the outdoors just as
much as dad. I am a Civil Engineer by trade, having worked for 11 years at a firm in Miami primarily in the areas
of Land Development and Highway Design. In the mid 90's I began renting out my second home in Key Largo to generate extra
income and as the saying goes "The rest is history". I still keep my Engineering License active (worked
to hard to get it) and have since obtained my Real-estate License. I'm currently a member of the Key Largo Chamber
of Commerce and I'm presently serving as President of the Kawama Yacht Club Board of Directors, Vice President of
Townhouses of Kawama, Treasurer for Kawama Tower and Secretary for The Mariners Club Board of Directors.
Many of the most popular vacation rental websites have been infiltrated by more and more con artist that
advertise properties and take payments/reservations for properties that do not exist. Also, many private owners throughout
the keys are operating illegal vacation rentals in areas not zoned to allow for rentals of less than 28 days. This is an activity
that the county is aggressively cracking down on for a variety of reasons. Owners that are caught by Code Enforcement face
steep fines and are required to immediately stop advertising and cancel all of their reservations.
So to insure you have the peace of mind in knowing that you are dealing with a legitimate vacation rental
manager and will not become the next victim of Internet fraud, finding yourself stranded in the keys without a place to stay
or reserve from an owner that is running an illegal rental. It is imperative that you make sure the owner/manager you ultimately
rent from is licensed by both Monroe County as well as The State of Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants.