Leadership Monroe County

Leadership Monroe County Florida’s mission is building relationships
for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders.

CLASS XXVII has embarked on their year with characteristic enthusiasm and purpose, with the opening Sessions on Tourism & the Economy, in late September, and the trek to the Everglades for the annual three-day sojourn in early November, and ending 2018 with the Arts, Culture and the Media session in Key West, mid-December.

The Rock Stars entered 2019 with the LAW Session on Friday, January 11, with a full day devoted to examining the judiciary and law enforcement, their essential role and contribution to the protection of the rights afforded, and safety and protection to serve the common good. 

On January 25, a full day session with the MILITARY, the opportunity to receive briefings from top brass at NAS, and given behind the scenes look at their vital contributions to the Keys, and the nation, and also acknowledging their long history, since the early 1800’s, protecting and establishing the pivotal role 

February gave the Rock Stars the dual Health Care and Human Services sessions, examining the critical issues and impacts on our communities, and how our organizations and institutional providers are addressing them, creating solutions. 

As March rolled in, with Emergency Management in Marathon provided hands-on experiences, as our first responders, Fire and Rescue departments, working cross-county, with the NOAA and all affected agencies, to ensure safety and stressing the importance of preparation and planning, year-round. 

The closing session is set for April 5 with the dual Education and Government focus, at the new Plantation Elementary school in Tavernier, then at Coral Shores HS, with our county educators addressing the issues and programs concluding with the empaneling of our local, state and federal elected officials and administrators to give the Rock Stars the front row seat to not only the present municipal, state and federal issues, but a look to what the future holds, for the benefit of our county. Stronger alliances and to foster better communication and cooperation. 


CLASS XXVII Recruitment Socials Announced

The 1st of the summer socials, an opportunity to hear and learn about becoming a part of Class XXVII, was held at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens on THURSDAY, July 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

The 2nd meet-up was held on FRIDAY, July 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Crane Point Nature Center and Museum, 5550 Overseas Highway, in Marathon.

The 3rd event was held at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada on FRIDAY, July 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Prospective candidates are always invited to any or all of these opportunities to see what is in store for the next LMC Class, to learn how to apply, and to have all questions answered. 

Class XXVII - 2018-19 Session Dates and Locations

Day sessions usually begin at 8:00am and end by 5:00pm.
Accommodations are provided for Sessions w/overnight stays. All expenses paid, except for personal purchases you make.

#1 - Sept. 28-29, 2018

Leadership, Tourism & the Economy

Two day session w/one overnight in Key West
#2 - Nov. 9, 10, 11


Three day session w/two overnights in the Everglades
#3 - Dec. 14


One day session in Key West
#4(A) - Jan. 11, 2019


One day session in Key West

#4(B) - Jan. 25, 2019

The Military

One day session in Key West

#5 - Feb. 1

Health Care

One day session in Key West
#6 – Feb. 22

Human Services

One day session in Key West
#7 - Mar. 8

Emergency Management

One day session in Marathon
#8 - Apr. 5-6


One day session in Tavernier/Key Largo w/one overnight in Upper Keys

Important Info

The Board of Directors conducted its Annual Meeting and Retreat on May 12 in Marathon to review the class year that just ended, and to plan for the upcoming Class XXVII, which is set to commence in late September. The application process for each new class begins in July; interested leaders throughout the Florida Keys are strongly encouraged to make the next “best class” your own and continue to build Keys Strong communities! 

Our Recent Sessions

Tourism and the Economy

November 3-4, 2017

Held in Key West.


The Environment

November 10-12, 2017

Conducted from Upper Keys through the Everglades, into Collier County and the Big Cypress. 

Sponsored through the contributions of




~ the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority ~

~ Waste Management ~

~ Ocean Reef Community Association ~

and by


Education and Government

December 1, 2017

Held at Coral Shores High School, Tavernier



The Law & The Military

Held in Key West January 12-13, 2018

Tour of the County Judicial Offices and Courthouse, the Law Enforcement headquarters of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Key West Police Department.

Tour and Mission briefs of the major military facilities in Key West, at the Naval Air Station, US Coast Guard Sector, Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School, JIATFF Command, Tactical Combat Training System, and the Tour of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 “Sun Downers”


The Navy League Key West Council 

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 & the Key West Military Affairs Committee

with major support by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Rick Ramsey (XIX)

Health and Human Services

February 2-3, 2018



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with additional sponsorship support from alumni ~ 

Maria Jones(XX), Jody Gross (XX), 

 Sue Harrison (XXXII), LeeAnn Holroyd (XXII), 


The Arts, Culture & The Media

March 2, 2018

Held in Key West. 

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Henry Rosenthal (XIX) and Kerry Shelby (XVI)

Emergency Management Session

Held on April 13, 2018 in Marathon

An overview of county-wide Emergency Services will be provided. You will be able to examine the decision making process by the responsible officials and responders, as a hurricane approaches and explore how it effects the Keys physically, mentally and economically.

You will meet local and national leaders involved in the decision making. You will get a first hand overview of what it takes to operate a fire station by touring the City of Marathon’s fire station, participating in a vehicle extraction and participating in a simulated exercise. Experience the medical transportation of a critical trauma patient on our state of the art helicopter “Trauma Star”.



Class XXVI Graduation

For ALL of the pictures of the Graduation Banquet, click here!

We thank our sponsors who make the LMC program possible!

CenterState Bank and the Lower Keys Medical Center have magnified their support for LMC through becoming REGIONAL SPONSORS, further strengthening what LMC may communicate and educate. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank their community leaders for making it possible.

Apply for future Class XXVIII, after June, 2019

Leadership Monroe County Florida’s mission is building relationships
for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders.
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