Historic fishing village of Card Sound

  • Residents proclaimed the eclectic, mostly squatter community around Albama Jack's restaurant and bar as the "Historic Fishing Village of Card Sound," complete with this homemade sign. Monroe County Code Enforcement

  • Winding road: This photo from May 2009 shows two marina’s known as Fred’s Place and Green’s Place that operated for decades on submerged state land along Card Sound Road, just before the toll bridge. Miami-Dade County Enviromental Resources Management

  • When Paul Grala Sr. recently vacated his home and business on Card Sound Road, he left behind a big mess and this sign. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • His old house: This man, shown a 2012 photo, lived in a houseboat that was half sunk. Monroe County Code Enforcement

  • It will costs tens of thousands of dollars to cleanup the mess left behind by people who lived for free on private land along Card Sound Road. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FILE--This July 2008 picture show the illegal marina created on state-owned submerged land on the Miami-Dade County side of Card Sound Road had become a public safety and environmental hazard.

  • Paul Grala Sr. used to sell blue crabs along Card Sound Road and now all that is left behind is a big mess. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • After using Petsy Mezey's parents' submerged land along Card Sound for free for years, people left it a big mess when Monroe County code enforcment finally forced them to leave. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Richard Hoog's family has used this camp along Card Sound Road for decades, but now the state wants to remove it from their state-owned submerged land in Monroe County. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FILE--Alabama Jacks on Card Sound Road is shown in this Sept. 27, 1998, file photo. TIM CHAPMAN / MIMAI HERALD STAFF

  • FILE--Alabama Jack's place, including docks, at Card Sound causeway. Herald File / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • FILE--Clogers Janiet Wilcox, left, and Frances Garmen, right, dance to the sounds of the Card Sound Machine band at Alabama Jackson Card Sound Road in the Upper Keys in this Oct. 25, 2008, file photo. CHRIS CUTRO / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • FILE--Workers removed tons of objects that did not belong in the water during a 2009 clean up of two illegal marinas along Card Sound Road.

  • Several private businesses operated from illegal structures built on privately owned submerged land along Card Sound Road.

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  • FILE--This photo was taken in December 2009 after most of the illegal marina and the vessels that used it were removed from the state-owned submerged land along Card Sound Road.

  • FILE--Hundreds of abandoned traps were removed from state-owned submerged land in connection with the removal of illegal marinas along Card Sound Road in 2009.

  • This abandoned structure illegally built over state-owned submerged land along Card Sound Road was recently removed. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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