I have sold several homes in Islander Village on Stock Island. Most Key West residents have been to Islander Village at one point or another. Many members of the Key West labor force lives there. They are nice homes that are still affordable for the working local. But, does anyone ever wonder where Islander Village got its name? A lot of us do and we also remember going to the movies at the Drive in the subdivision is named after.
The Islander Drive-In lives on in Jimmy Buffett’s song, "Grape Fruit, Juicy Fruit," which is about "committing a little mortal sin at the drive-in." The song was inspired (so says Buffett on his live album "You Had To Be There") by taking a date to see the Rip Torn movie "Payday" (interestingly enough, about a country singer who has a tendency for extreme behavior), where they mixed up cheap Gilbey’s Gin with Welch’s Grape Juice to create Purple Passions, and then "had a good go at it."
Next time you drive by Islander Village homes remember it was the site of the old Islander Drive In and was a lot of fun. You can own a piece of Key West history if you call me to buy a home in Islander Village. Any house in the Florida Keys is a great investment.