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VINTAGE HOTEL PROVIDES A REFUGE FOR TURTLES
by Pam Hobbs
Marathon Key, Florida: It was pure
nostalgia that caused us to pull off the
highway at Hidden Harbor Motel, a
traditional single-storied motel such
as we used to look for on family trips
to Florida back in the '60s.
Built in 1949 and now restored to
that era, its air-conditioned rooms
have two double beds or one queen-sized. Some have a kitchen unit
tucked into an alcove. There's a large
swimming pool out back, a barbecue
and picnic area by the waterfront.
Guests can fish from the docks and snorkel off
the jetty, and had we a boat in tow we could
have launched it right here. The price is right
too at U.S.$85 ( $95 for an efficiency) this
winter, for two people sharing a double room.
But appearances deceive, for this is not your
average motel supporting its owners in modest
style. Profits from it pay for the upkeep of an
adjoining hospital whose patients are injured
and diseased turtles......