Been there, drank that.
A little background on Norman’s. Many years ago, a very good friend of ours (Phil Kniskern) purchased the land at the Southwest side of the Island. He built what is now McDuffs.
Phil, his wife Ann and his 3 boys would fly out there every weekend to build the cabins and relax. It was becoming a popular Fly-In for many local Florida pilots and their families. A few years later, a Colombian Drug Lord named CARLOS LEDERER decided Norman’s would be a great place to use as the headquarters for his drug empire.
He tried to buy Phil out and Phil refused. He threatened Phil and his family and Phil refused to leave their island paradise. Phil decided he had enough of the threats and intimidation, so he invited the DEA to fly out to Norman’s. They came in pretending to be just normal pilots looking to enjoy Phil’s place. They spent their days laying on the beach and fishing and their nights in full camo, crawling around Lederer’s area across the runway.
It was not long before they had all the evidence they needed. One night, Carlos Lederer ended up making an unplanned trip to Miami. When he arrived, he was formally arested, convicted and now is living in our nations most secure, underground prison we have.
He put out a Contract on Phil and his family, but Phil refused protection. The word was that Lederer’s competitors thought Lederer’s removal helped them, so they left Phil and his family alone.
The moral of this story is, Don’t mess with Phil Kniskern. Phil is a great American and thanks to him, there is one less Drug Lord doing business. When I have time, I’ll tell you the rest of the story.
The book COCAINE WARS would be a good read while hanging out at Normans. It tells much of the story.