Sandy lives in Islamorada where he and his wife Sue operate Florida Keys Outfitters. Sandy is also the founder and an instructor of the Florida Keys Fly Fishing School. Eight times Sandy has been Grand Champion of the Keys’ most prestigious fly fishing tournaments, The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament and The Islamorada Invitational Bonefish Fly Championship. He was often seen as a guest angler with Flip Pallot on the Walker’s Cay Chronicles, The Reel Guys and Andy Mill’s Sportsman’s Adventures. He has fished and explored extensively throughout the Bahamas, Central America, the Seychelles, Christmas Island and Palau. He helped pioneer Russian Atlantic Salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula.
Sandy has also served on many elected and appointed positions for Everglades’ restoration. He was President of the Everglades Protection Association which led to elimination of commercial net harvest in the Everglades National Park. The organization subsequently merged and launched the Florida Conservation Association which led the way for a successful Florida constitutional amendment which banned commercial netting in Florida waters. Sandy was appointed by Governor Bob Graham to the East Everglades/Everglades National Park Development Committee.
Most recently Sandy was one of six members of the ad hoc committee, Alternative E, Everglades for the Educated. This committee has been a leader in developing consensus among park users for the ongoing Everglades National Park’s 20 Year Management Plan. He is a founding member and on the advisory board of the Bonefish & Tarpon, Trust. Sandy is past Chairman of the Don Hawley Foundation which provides assistance to fishing guides of the Florida Keys in times of hardship. He is currently on the Rules Committee for the International Game Fish Association.