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What's in store for the Fills' future? Islamorada wants your input

a map shows the four fills areas in islamorada between mile markers 78 and 80
Village of Islamorada
The four causeway areas known as "the Fills" in Islamorada are owned by the state but now managed by the village.

The causeway along the Overseas Highway in Islamorada known as the Fills is popular with people coming to launch boats, swim and picnic in the Keys — in recent years, maybe too popular. Now the village is looking for public input on what activities should take place there.

Pulling off the Overseas Highway to fish, swim or picnic is a time-honored tradition in the Keys.

But in recent years, the Fills area of Islamorada has been overwhelmed. Too many cars, trucks, and people have been crossing the busy highway, leaving lots of trash and even human waste behind.

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The state owns the causeway areas between mile markers 78 and 80. But since last year, the areas have been managed by the village of Islamorada, after locals complained about the chaos and the trash.

There are about 15 to 18 parking spots available near each of the areas, except for Indian Key Fill. There, the boat ramp is still being repaired, after it was damaged by a contractor.

Now the village is coming up with a master plan for the Fills. They're planning an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Founders Park. During that event, the public can weigh in on what they want to see at the Fills, including boat ramps, restrooms, kayak launches, pavilions and scenic overlooks.

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