Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Corey Bryan, Upper Keys


“I'm Corey Bryan and have lived in the Keys (Upper Keys) for 29 years. I am Married to Peggy (for 33 years and have been together for 35) and we have one son named Spenser.
So.... I came to the keys to work for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office when Sheriff William Freeman was in office. I have a total of 32 years as a police officer as I worked in Summit County Colorado at the Sheriff’s Office there as a Corrections Officer. I am currently a Captain for Sheriff Rick Ramsay and I run the Islamorada (dist 6) Office with one of my best friends, Lt. David Carey.
The Sheriff's Office has been a very good place to work, with a lot of really good people. I have worked up through the ranks as a Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sgt, Detective Sgt, Investigative Lt, and Patrol Lt. Great people and friends Mark Kohl, Lee Ann Holroyd, Mike Sharp, Rick Ramsay, Larry O’Neill, Mark Coleman, Terry Smith, Mark Terrill Jason Madnick , Ralph Williams and most importantly my wife Peggy have been instrumental in my career.
Peggy and I met while in High School in Kremmling Colorado where we dated during my senior year. Peggy went onto college in Denver and we were married a year later. I can honestly say that I have had nothing but great times with her these last 33 years and consider her my best pal in the world! Peggy also works for the Sheriff's Office and is the Records Supervisor at the Roth building in Plantation Key.
We moved to Florida in 1986 and in 1988 we had our bouncing baby boy Spenser. Spenser was born at Baptist Hospital but has spent his entire life here in the keys. He is a Graduate of Coral Shores and then went onto get his Bachelors degree at Florida State (go NOLES) in criminal justice. Spenser also works for the Sheriff's Office in Marathon and is currently a Patrol Sgt. He is with his true love Lauren and little girl Kosta who Peggy and I love and adore to pieces.
Peggy and I love this community and all of the great people who make this such a unique place to live. I am a member of the Upper Keys Rotary, an ambassador for the Islamorada Chamber and active in numerous Islamorada events to support the community. We love to go jeepin with all our pals from Gerry Albertsons Back Country Jeepers, where we have a 1957 Willys CJ-5 and a 1950's Willy's Overland truck. I can't say enough good things about all the wonderful people that make up this wacky but wonderful community that we currently live.
Peggy and I also have a small business, Turkey Hollow Mercantile which we make handcrafted items like those of the late 1800's (lye soap, apple head dolls, bees wax candles, old time sling shots, walking sticks, hand ground coffee, corn grits and bird houses) Right now we are just travelling to different festivals where we dress like mountian folk of the Appalachian or Ozarks in the 1800's
This leads us to our next chapter of our life where we currently have approx 9.5 acres in north Florida where we had a cabin built (Turkey Hollow) that is basically set up to look like the 1800,s with antiques that Peggy, my mom and step mom picked out, and different pieces of small furniture that my dad and I built or re-furbished to look old but used as modern fixtures. The cabin is only heated by a fireplace and is extremely cozy. We are working on getting a garden set up after we retire, having honey bees and using our property as an agro tourism farm to sell our handcrafted items.
I told you that my friends and family mean a great deal to me and are the most important part of my life.... well the best part of this is that after we bought our property many of my friends stayed at the cabin, liked it so much that, the Yagels, Subics, Coffields, Smith's and my best pal Mark Kohl all bought property within a few miles of us and Mark's property is joined to mine.
What a great life, the best wife and no strife.”

 

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