Mike Forster has been an important part of the Islamorada landscape for more than 20 years. A Florida resident since 1977, Forster has entrenched himself in the community as a business owner and trusted leader since becoming a Monroe County fixture in 1990.
From serving the public as an elected official to serving up tasty morsels at his highly popular restaurant, Forster has a proven track record of quality service to the municipality of Islamorada. A tireless public servant and a supporter of a number of charities and public causes, Forster relishes the chance to give back to others.
As the owner and operator of Mangrove Mike’s Café and Catering since 1998 and partner in the Rain Barrel Retail Center, Forster has contributed to the livelihood of the area and spread joy by providing quality service to the community. He also plans to open Mangrove Mike’s Café and Spirits, as well as more than a half-dozen affordable workforce housing units by the end of the year.
Forster has served as an Islamorada Village Councilman for 12 years over the course of five elected terms, including time as the Council’s Mayor and Vice Mayor. He also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has spoken before the Senate Appropriations Committee to fight for the environmental and financial needs of Monroe County and the surrounding area.
As a community official, Forster has spent years cultivating relationships with key members of state and federal governments. Whether it’s protecting the environment, promoting the sports fishing capital of the world or championing children’s initiatives, Forster is an active leader committed to exacting change for the better.
Forster is a board member for United Way of the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, a former board member of MARC (Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens), is involved with the League of Cities, the SE Florida Climate Leadership, Everglades Coalition and the Water Quality Committees’ BP Horizon Canal Restoration project. He also was a founding board member of Florida Bay Forever and has participated in the Uganda Children’s Missions program each year since 2016.
In his free time, Forster enjoys fishing, boating, visiting Everglades National Park and playing with his trio of four-legged “fur babies,” Junior, Kenny and Hal.
His dedication to the community through the years has been paramount, and Forster wants to continue that service as District 5 County Commissioner. With your vote, he can continue to work to make Monroe County (Our Little Piece Of Paradise) a better place to live, and he’s ready to get to work.