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Four friends bought deserted Florida island for $65,000 and turned it into a paradise worth $14m

That's what we call an investment!
  • This is Pine Key Island, sitting off the coast of Tampa Bay in Florida
  • It was just sitting there until these friends decided to take a chance
  • What was once a deserted plot of land now sparkled like a diamond in the sun.

Published on Apr 10, 2024 at 2:12PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 26, 2024 at 7:18PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood
Stranded island turned into paradise

Four friends, a deserted island, and a seemingly impossible dream.

It sounds like the beginning of a wild adventure, doesn’t it?

Well, for a group of buddies, that’s exactly what it was.

This is Pine Key Island, sitting off the coast of Tampa Bay in Florida.

It was just sitting there, empty and forgotten, until these friends decided to take a chance on it.

READ MORE: Tiny island named ‘Volvo Island’ due to stranded 2001 Volvo sitting on it

Back in 2017, when Pine Key Island was just a speck on the map, these pals saw potential where others saw nothing.

So, they pooled their resources, scraped together $65,000, and took the plunge.

Little did they know, they were about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

With their sights set on turning the island into a paradise, they got to work.

First things first, they had to give the island a makeover.

No more cans and other stuff lying around – it was time for luxury and class.

They added bathrooms, built tropical-style cabanas with thatched roofs, installed a members-only water slide, and even set up a full bar.

Talk about living the high life!

As the renovations took shape, so did the island’s value.

What was once a deserted plot of land now sparkled like a diamond in the sun.

Guess what? Their little investment of $65,000? It’s now worth a whopping $14 million!

That’s some serious return on investment, isn’t it?

But let’s not forget the real magic of this story – taking a chance on their money.

Who would’ve thought that a bunch of buddies buying an island together could lead to such incredible success?

However, don’t just look at the initial investment by these guys.

While not clearly mentioned, the further investment in renovating the island could have cost them huge stacks of cash.

But with a return like this, every penny’s worth it.

It just goes to show you never know where life will take you when you’ve got your best pals by your side.

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