Manager: Cynthia Ahmed
Caretaker: Kris Duszka
by Juan Garcia & crew.
Pools every Thursday
Cleaning: Claudia Rodriguez
Updated Jan. 3, 2015
The Story Behind White Ibis Inn
This property had an interesting owner/builder. He was an eccentric builder of custom
homes in the Keys. His father was a NASA scientist; and while he didn't go into that
field, he still built things to exacting standards and to withstand strong forces.
He built the main house in 1986. It was designed by architect Thomas E. Pope in
traditional conch style, which meant no air conditioning, but instead with French doors
iin each room to allow the sea breeze to flow through. He was probably trying to
recreate his carefree days in the Bahamas, 20 years earlier, where he fell in love and
married a beautiful Bahamian lady.
He enjoyed landscaping amongst the prized native tropical hardwood trees, and
decided to get a loan and build the biggest white picket fence in the Keys. It took more
than 100 concrete piers and hand-poured crown moldings, plus countless hours
hand-drilling each picket to complete the impressive 6 foot high fence that surrounds
He then decided to top that achievement with a solid concrete guest house strong
enough to withstand hurricanes. He got that built on time to ride out Hurricane George
in 1998. The guest house came out perfectly intact, and his fence stopped the
neighbor's trailer from blowing into the yard. But the neighborhood had flooded with
salt water and almost all of his beloved trees were wiped out. This and his building
debt was more than his family could bear. He put the property on the market the next
Along comes our family. My wife and I were name painting artists on Duval Street and
had just had our second child. We felt the property was ideal for raising a family and
bought it in 1999. We sort of pioneered it, growing fruit trees and flowers and living
without AC, yet also working on an invention, RainbowBrush markers, on computers
and selling art online. You can imagine how quickly the seabreeze corroded our hard
drives. In 2002, we moved to Canada to be closer to relatives and began renting out
After launching the invention we moved back to Florida in 2009.
- Kazi Ahmed, owner