Monroe County is the southernmost county in the State of Florida and the United States. It consists of the Florida Keys and portions of both Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. These are two of the most spectacular uninhabited areas in the United States and are home to unique animals, fish and plant life. Monroe County is the largest county in area in Florida and is comprised of over 3,000 square miles, most of which is underwater. The Florida Keys are over 220 miles in length and extend from just south of Miami to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Key West is the largest of the islands in the Florida Keys and constitutes the Southernmost Point of the United States. It is home to more than 80,000 people with a median household income of $50,000 per family.
The drive from Miami to Key West, down US-1, is the most picturesque and beautiful road in America and crosses over spectacular bridges with unobstructed views of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Key Largo is considered to be the Dive Capital of the World and is home to the world’s largest artificial reef, the 510 foot USS Spiegel Grove, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park.
The next largest city on the way to Key West from Miami is Marathon. It is home to the world’s best fishing, diving and snorkeling. Marathon is also home to the Dolphin Research Center, Pigeon Key Island and the Turtle Hospital. Additional cities in Monroe County are the City of Key Colony Beach, City of Layton and the Village of Islamorada. No trip to Monroe County would be complete without a visit to Mallory Square in Key West for their celebration of the nightly sunset.
Florida is divided into twenty Judicial Circuits as well as five District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Florida. Monroe County is part of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Florida and has courthouses in three locations: Key West, Marathon and Tavernier. The mission of the Florida judicial branch is to protect the people’s rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and prove for peaceful resolution of disputes.
Our Monroe County personal injury lawyers are familiar with the unique character of the Florida Keys and the challenges of representing the injured. We have tried complex medical malpractice cases in Key West and have handled car accidents on behalf of the injured from Key Largo to Marathon. While many cruise ships dock in Key West every day, passengers who may be injured on a cruise are often required by law to file their claims in the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida, located in Miami. Our Key West cruise ship injury attorneys are familiar and experienced in handling these special claims.