Since the late seventies, much of the Florida Keys have gradually been transformed into a quasi-theme park for tourists and a getaway for the rich. You can see the tourists daily by watching the live web cam feed from a Duvall Street bar. It depresses me, how much of the beauty of the islands, especially Key West, has vanished in deference to the Almighty Buck.
But all is not lost. Many humanitarian organizations in the Keys, like The Dolphin Research Center, are not here to turn a profit. They're devoted to preserving the wildlife that technology and McMansion-building might otherwise eradicate.
And there are still a few places you can find, like this cove, where the land and the water and the sky are really no different than when the Spanish started coming here in the seventeenth century.