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Key Largo Doc Arrested on His Nordhavn Yacht in Nantucket Harbor: If You Like Piña Coladas, Getting Booked off the Cape, Then Read This Crazy Story

It was a White Lotus-type scene for this Florida Man, complete with guns and drugs.

The glamorous shipboard life suddenly soured for retired Key Largo doctor Scott Anthony Burke, 69, who was arrested in Nantucket Harbor aboard his 80-foot yacht, the Jess Conn. In a scene reminiscent of Season 2 of The White Lotus, authorities received a call about a woman on the ship who was in distress, possibly had overdosed, and wanted to leave.

Burke was apprehended after Nantucket Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided the luxury vessel. Onboard were more than 43 grams of cocaine, roughly 14 grams of ketamine, two handguns (a .380 Smith & Wesson Shield and a 9mm Smith & Wesson), and various ammunition in the main floor stateroom, according to a police report. One loaded handgun sat on a shelf.

The woman, who said she didn’t feel safe, was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Burke was arraigned in Nantucket District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking and weapons charges and was ordered held on $200,000 bail.

The Jess Conn is a Nordhavn yacht built in 2021. Nordhavn is known for its expedition trawler yachts.

Look for the brand at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 25-29.

Photo courtesy of Kit Noble, Nantucket Current

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.