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Advocacy For Residents, Education and Preservation


Councilman Henry Rosenthal

What an amazing person… Henry Rosenthal. A life full of major accomplishments yet a man so humble, supportive and genuine. And a man that has had such a positive impact on Islamorada.

Henry moved to the Keys from Maryland over 50 years ago with little money but a great vision. It wasn’t long before he was the largest employer in Monroe County through his energy, his forethought, his fairness, and his keen understanding and love of people.

Not all who know and love Henry today realize that for almost 30 years Henry owned and personally ran a multitude of local businesses… the Green Turtle Restaurant and Cannery, Whale Harbor, Marker 88… some of the Keys most legendary restaurants. He knew how to hire the right help and how to invest in community! It was all “hands on” for Henry. He was often found ladling soup into the cans at the Green Turtle Cannery. At one time Henry had a taxi business… the Green Turtle Cab Company – primarily for the local advertising it provided. And occasionally, if the driver needed time off, Henry drove the cab.

For those who never ate at Henry Rosenthal’s Green Turtle, what an experience that was. Many nights you’d sit on the porch waiting in a long line for a table – and it was well worth it. Great food, great entertainment, and Henry’s congenial welcome... always with a story, a history lesson, or a magic trick for the kids. No telling what famous athlete, actor, or politician would be sitting near you.

To Henry, the vitality of this community was critical. He worked endless hours through Rotary, the Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other community organizations and government agencies to help Islamorada and its people do better. Henry just retired after five years as president of Leadership Monroe, an organization whose mission is to build constructive relationships among Florida Keys leaders. Who to better teach about leadership than Henry, a man with a long history of leading the way?

Not only was Henry an amazing businessman, restaurateur, and community leader, he was quite a performer… a hypnotist and a mentalist entertaining under the name, Bastille. For 15 years, he was under contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, flying to their destinations several days a month for three quick shows and then back home to run his Islamorada restaurants. Henry has entertained in 22 foreign countries and was the first “westerner” to perform in East Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. He has been a headliner in Miami, Las Vegas and Branson.

But, Islamorada is lucky that Henry always comes back home to the town he loves dearly – Islamorada. Fifteen years ago, Henry sold his restaurants to focus on philanthropy, civic endeavors and entertainment. And now Henry is Councilman Rosenthal. How lucky we all are to have a man with his integrity, diplomacy, and insight helping to lead our local government!

Our vision

To enhance the community of Islamorada by preserving the quality of life of the residents as well as the beauty and vitality of the native ecosystems and to stop any further degradation of our community from over-development.

Mission statement

To provide the Islamorada residents with information about events occurring in our community that will impact our quality of life, preservation of our native ecosystems, land development, lawful and transparent governance.


Your tax deductible donations allows the ICA to keep you informed about important events that will impact and help protect our quality of life, our neighborhoods, property values and native ecosystems. Your donations make this possible and are most appreciated.

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Islamorada Community Alliance

P.O. Box 1507

Tavernier, FL  33070-1507

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