Mike Forster former Islamorada mayor loses battle to Covid-19

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Mike Forster Obituary – Death

Cause of Death

Early Monday morning,(6th of September, 2021) 4:15am precisely, 61 year old Mike Forster passed on as a result of pneumonia caused by covid-19. He was admitted at the Mariners Hospital in Tavernier on Aug. 20 then he was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Kendall. Forster’s family confirmed that he had been vaccinated and he initially showed signs of improvement before his condition worsened and he was placed on a ventilator and sedated two days later.

Mike Forster Life

Mike Forster had served as the mayor of Islamorada twice and was currently the Monroe County Commissioner. In April 2020, Forster began mobilizing to feed those whose income was affected by the shut down of the island because of the corona virus. He was a giver and it showed in his life. Forster followed his mission to Uganda in Africa to provide shoes for under privileged children.


Debbie Mucarsel-Powell former U.S. congresswoman:

“Islamorada loses one of the kindest most loving members of the community. He was a friend to all and gave back everything he could to those in need. He will be missed dearly.”

Soon after news of Forster’s death broke, tributes on social media were non-stop.

Bobby Dube, an officer and spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the Keys, wrote:

“I am speechless and heartbroken this morning. My True friend, community leader and Mr. Everything passed away this morning from complications after a battle with COVID. The Keys will never be the same! This man had the biggest heart and ALWAYS gave back to our community- high school, fund raisers, fishing tournaments, etc. He was especially supportive of all law enforcement and first responders and his generosity over the years was over the Top. RIP Mangrove Mike!”