Ken King was born in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley of New York State. After spending his grade school years in west central Georgia where he excelled in baseball and expanded his love of the outdoors, he returned to the Hudson Valley in his teens where he remained active in sports and outdoor activities. In his late teens and early 20’s Ken was active in the Professional Rodeo circuit with his older brothers and worked with many local Contractors doing remodeling projects and excavation. He enjoys working with and training animals and was a beekeeper while living in New York. His love of the outdoors and his abilities to envision and produce beautiful landscapes lead him to the construction industry until which time he felt the need to try to make a difference in Law Enforcement. After retiring from Law Enforcement, Ken returned to the Construction Industry where he worked managing an excavation and rock crushing company eventually becoming a Project Manager/Job Superintendent for a Bridge Building company.
In January 1996 purely by accident, Ken and his wife Karen stumbled upon Sanibel while taking a break from building their dream house in the Tampa/St. Pete area. Driving across the causeway for the first time in the midst of a great storm, they both immediately knew this was where they wanted to call home. They returned later that season and closed on their first Sanibel home April 4, 1996. For the next 20 years he spent as much time as possible on Island getting to know the lifestyle, the people and the landscape. He began volunteering for the Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary and C.R.O.W. Ken is now excited to begin a new role at the Wildlife Sanctuary as a CDL driver for the new W.O.W. (Wildlife on Wheels) mobile classroom.
Ken enjoys playing tennis at Beachview Tennis Club and can often be found participating in any of the local Round Robins that are offered on the Island. He started playing golf recently and has had the great fortune to have experienced his first Hole in One in October of 2016. Boating is another of Ken’s passions. You may see him cruising the canals and out on the open water with friends and family showing off all of the beauty and wildlife our Islands have to offer.
After raising his daughter, Jade who shares Ken’s love of Sanibel, sports and the outdoors, in the Hudson Valley he and Karen made the decision to follow their hearts and move to Sanibel Full Time in 2016. Here he looks forward to sharing by land and/or boat all that he has learned and all that he loves about Sanibel with others who are looking to make this their home; vacation or permanent.