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Art Thrives in Islamorada

Art Thrives in Islamorada May 22, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles are growing evermore popular as a burgeoning arts and cultural district in Islamorada showcases its eclectic galleries rich with affordable, original artwork as well as offering monthly, evening walkabouts for residents and visitors to take in...

A Tale of Two Whale Survivors

A Tale of Two Whale Survivors May 19, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Happily, last week I witnessed the strength of the human spirit’s resolve to maintain the delicate balance between man, mammal and nature in these islands. Thursday, May 5, a massive stranding response team of skilled veterinarians, and volunteers – more than 500 strong — joined forces with...

Historic Schooner Given a New Life in Key West

Historic Schooner Given a New Life in Key West April 15, 2011 | What's New | Read More
A full refurbishment of the 130-foot historic schooner Western Union required more than three years and $1.25 million, spearheaded by a local organization formed to preserve the vessel and keep it in Key West, where it was originally built and launched 72 years ago, in 1939. Western Union is a traditional...

Jimmy Buffett Sings at a Florida Keys Wedding

Jimmy Buffett Sings at a Florida Keys Wedding March 22, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Photos by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau SUGARLOAF KEY, Florida Keys — Seven weeks after he fell off a stage in Sydney, Australia, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett surprised guests at a Florida Keys wedding reception late Saturday evening with three songs during an impromptu concert. Buffett...

You Can Help Save a Florida Keys Bridge

March 4, 2011 | What's New | Read More
In an environment of grassroots organizations stemming change across this country, perhaps you’d be interested in following a Florida Keys project that, although seemingly small, has enormous impact. The Seven Mile Bridge runs parallel to the historic Old Seven Mile Bridge (right) By now you may...

Flagler Railroad Marks 100 Years

Flagler Railroad Marks 100 Years February 28, 2011 | What's New | Read More
In January 1912, the first Oversea Railway train steamed from the Florida mainland through the Florida Keys to Key West, marking the completion of the railroad that connected the previously isolated islands with each other and the mainland. Florida East Coast Railway, Key West Extension. Train on the...

No Hands Needed for Scuba Diving?

No Hands Needed for Scuba Diving? February 21, 2011 | What's New | Read More
The new Pegasus Thruster, the world’s first hands-free diver propulsion unit (or, underwater scooter) was recently tested and adapted for use in the waters of the Florida Keys — a fitting “first” for the island chain known as the dive capital of North America. Dean Vitale, an aerospace...

Tolls to Florida Keys Now All-Electronic

Tolls to Florida Keys Now All-Electronic February 19, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Today there is a new twist to the “drive-to islands” of the Florida Keys. A new all-electronic system toll-collection system that launched Saturday, Feb. 19, affects motorists driving to and from the Florida Keys via the Florida Turnpike. The new system affects four toll plazas between mile...

Feel Da’ Rhythms at Lower Keys Reggae Festival

Feel Da’ Rhythms at Lower Keys Reggae Festival February 15, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Reggae legends Pato Banton and Calton Coffie are to showcase their world-renowned rhythms during the third annual Lower Keys Reggae Fest, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The festival presents the sounds of the islands set against Gulf of Mexico waters at Sugarloaf Lodge, mile marker (MM)...

Yahoo! For Wahoo

Yahoo! For Wahoo February 9, 2011 | What's New | Read More
People have divergent reasons for visiting the Keys, and for a group of New York buddies a recent fishing trip was testament to a conquest over the rigors of cancer, the bonds of male friendship and one big ole’ wahoo. (L-R) Timi Lober, Matt Dalton, Frank Cowden, Pat Holbrook For eight years, Long...
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