Commissioner Mike Forster

Commissioner Mike Forster moved to Monroe County in 1990 and is well known in the Florida Keys as an owner and operator of Mangrove Mike’s Cafe and Catering, established in 1998, Rain Barrel Retail Center (Silent Minority Partner) established in 2010, and most recently Mangrove Mike’s Cafe at Bud & Mary’s Marina.

A resident of Key Largo, he is passionate about his three four-legged pups Kenny, Henry, and Ms. Joy and has recreational interests in fishing, boating, spending time in Everglades National Park, and is proud to participate annually in Uganda Children’s Missions. 

Forster was elected to office in the Village of Islamorada and served five terms for 12 years (termed out in 2020). He was appointed mayor twice, vice mayor twice, and also previously served on the Islamorada Chamber Of Commerce Board Of Directors. 

Current Affiliations include

  • United Way Of The Florida Keys, Board Member
  • Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, Board Member
  • MARC, Former Board Member
  • League of Cities
  • SE Florida Climate Leadership
  • Everglades Coalition
  • Florida Bay Forever Former Board Member (Founding Board Member)
  • Water Quality Committees, Canal Restoration, BP Horizon