About ORCA

MISSION STATEMENT

To increase the desirability of living in the Ocean Reef community by maintaining the Ocean Reef community assets to the very highest standards, maintaining the beauty and architectural integrity of the community and providing incomparable services and security to Ocean Reef residents.”

ORCA – Ocean Reef Community Association History

The Ocean Reef Improvement Association or ORIA was formed in January, 1959 to manage all “city-type” services at Ocean Reef.In 1984 ORC, Inc. Chairman Harper Sibley, Jr. announced that almost all of the developers’ land has been sold to homeowners and the Club was primarily in the resort-hotel business.  That remark, coupled with some special sewer problems where only ORIA could best help out, shortly brought Club and ORIA representatives to the table.  Mutual self-interest and the inevitable logic of residents governing themselves were quickly agreed.

On February 23, 1985 Ocean Reef residents assumed responsibility of ORIA with William Hutchinson as the Chairman.  The approximate 2,000 property-owning members became responsible for security, pest control, canal cleaning, the TORN newspaper, fire department, roads, sewers, vacant lot and public area maintenance, mail room, solid waste collection and the telephone directory.

In 1992 the current ORCA Administrator, David C. Ritz, took the reins of the Association three months prior to Hurricane Andrew striking the community.  After the Hurricane had passed, ORCA Board Members were able to reach an agreement with Club owner Carl Lindner to purchase the Club.  This allowed the homeowners to gain control of both the community and the club and to control their destiny.

It was quickly decided that the post Andrew community should look significantly different than prior to the storm.  Landscape Architect Raymond Jungles was hired to create a master plan for landscaping, signage, lighting and other community amenities.

On August 1, 1994 ORCA created the North Key Largo Utility Corporation to acquire the sewage treatment from the Club.  Robert Morgan, the utility’s first chairman oversaw the floating of a $3 million bond to purchase the plant and complete a major upgrade to the facility.

In recent years ORCA has become a true community association managing and assisting such diverse groups as: Volunteer Fire Department, ORCAT, ORPAC (Ocean Reef Political Action Committee), Ocean Reef Foundation, Historical Society and the NKLUC (North Key Largo Utility Corp.) and the reverse osmosis system.