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By 1928, the rebuilt and higher off the water 2,800-foot wooden drawbridge across Card Sound was completed.The additional road and bridges were completed to Lower Matecumbe Key.The commissioners wanted to follow the railroad route, but the Miami interests wanted the fishing route, that is, the Card Sound route. Monroe County residents voted a 0,000 bond issue in 1922 to construct a road from the Anglers Club, down the key of Key Largo to the Key Largo depot, then following along side of the railroad to Matecumbe.Additional roadwork was also to be done in Key West and the Lower Keys.Dade County was to build the road from Homestead to Card Sound.Dade County also had to bond funds to construct their portion of the highway to Dade-Monroe County line.The real Overseas Highway saga probably began in 1919 when the Florida land boom days were getting under way.Growing pineapples was passé; and limes were now the produce to grow.
One story goes that when they started hand cutting through the buttonwoods, and other flora, it seemed that they had worked hard enough and walked enough to have reached all the way to Tallahassee.Construction of a ferryboat pier began at Lower Matecumbe and No Name Key. Each ferry could take 20 cars and the trip took about four hours.To complete the circuit to Key West, on January 16, 1928, three ferryboats at a cost of 0,000 from the Gibb's Shipyard of Jacksonville were put into operation between Lower Matecumbe Key and No Name Key. The toll was .50 for vehicles under 14 feet up to .50 for vehicles over 16 feet, driver included. When completed from Florida City to Key West, it was designated State Road 4A. A little over two years later in 1931, a 13 1/2-mile road was completed across the Vacas Keys with ferry terminals on Grassy and Hog Keys. CLICK The total road cost was now close to ,000,000.The Land Boom busted before his Venice could be completed. As to the highway, the 0,000 bond wasn't enough, so in 1926 Monroe County floated a .5 million bond issue with an amazing two opposing votes. Give widest publicity thru newspapers - signed Joseph W.So amazing was this, that it provoked a March 13 overnight letter from Key West to newspapers and police chiefs around the nation. Albury, Chief of Police." Dade County was to build 11 miles of road from Florida City to Little Card Point, a point of land between Card and Barnes Sound.