Islamorada Christmas Tree Guy Family Carries on Holiday Tradition

Tom Paul. the Islamorada Christmas Tree Guy, passed away in October before having a chance to make his 37th annual pilgrimage to Islamorada to sell Christmas trees from his Michigan farm. Paul’s son, T.J., pictured, made the decision with his family to keep the tradition alive this year. Michigan tree farmer Tom Paul and his […]
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Snorkeling the Brick Barge Islamorada – Video

One of the best snorkeling spots we found in the keys is the Brick Barge. it is located in Islamorada Florida. Lots of fish and other sea life. Brick Barge is a small iron ship that lies on the north side of Hen and Chickens Reef. This barge was torpedoed during World War II and […]
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Florida Keys Overseas Highway Toll 1938-1954 – History

Monroe County, the City of Marathon and the Village of Islamorada have signed off on a resolution to explore the idea of a toll on Overseas Highway. It wouldn’t be the first time. From 1938 to 1954, Overseas Highway was officially called the “Overseas Road and Toll District.” The most complete account of the toll […]
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Islamorada UFO House Demolished – History

It’s fitting that a family passionate about aviation would live in a house that looked to many so much like a spaceship. Most people living in the Upper Keys have seen the house in the Venetian Shores subdivision on Plantation Key known locally as the UFO house. But not many remember who lived there, why it […]
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Islamorada Fishermen Marinas Struggle After Hurricane Irma

The last text from Islamorada before Hurricane Irma plowed into the Keys was about fishing. “Look forward to a visit after things get back to normal. Bonefish are making a comeback,” wrote Richard Stanczyk, proprietor of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina for the past 40 years. Fishing is always a central topic in Islamorada, with its well-earned reputation as […]
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Hurricane Irma Key Largo – Islamorada Residents Re-Entry Begins Tuesday 7am

Hurricane Irma Message from Monroe County BOCC  – Monroe County will open re-entry into the Keys for residents and business owners in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Entry requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership in those three cities. A roadblock will be put around Mile Marker […]
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Ladies Lets Go Fishing Weekend University in Islamorada

An award-winning “Ladies Lets Go Fishing!” weekend university provides a girls’ getaway Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, where female anglers can learn techniques from prominent fishing captains in the Florida Keys’ sport fishing capital of Islamorada. More than 8,000 graduates to date have learned to become anglers or polished their angling skills as well as […]
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Harbor Lights and Days Inn Islamorada Hotels Sold

Atlanta-based developer Songy Highroads and partner the Wardman Group of Washington, D.C., purchased two oceanfront Islamorada hotels this summer, paying a combined $16 million. The companies closed on the 37-room Days Inn & Suites Key on Islamorada’s Upper Matecumbe Key on July 27 for $8.8 million. They bought Harbor Lights Resort on Windley Key, also a 37-room […]
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Alligator Reef Lighthouse – Florida Keys History

Built in 1873, Alligator Reef Lighthouse stands guard in honor of its namesake, the USS Alligator. In 1822, just two years out of the shipyard, the Navy schooner was on rounds to recapture and free ships that were taken in the pirate-heavy seas of the Caribbean. At Alligator Reef, a notoriously difficult area to navigate, the […]
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Harbor Lights Resort in Islamorada Sells for $7M

Harbor Lights Resort, a 37-unit oceanfront hotel in Islamorada, just sold for $7 million. The oceanfront hotel was built in 1953 and 1970, and has 37 rooms and cottages Harbor Lights Resort in Islamorada TWG Overseas, LLC, purchased the property at 84951 Overseas Highway on Windley Key from Holiday Isle Resort & Marina Associates. The […]
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Bloodline Season 3 Finale Explained – Caution Spoilers

Netflix’s dark family drama Bloodline Season 3 comes to an end with John (Kyle Chandler) facing the son of his older brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), whom John killed back in the show’s first season. The kid, Nolan (Owen Teague), is looking for answers about how his dad died. As the audience wonders whether John will […]
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Barbara Edgar – Matecumbe Historical Trust – Letter

Upper Keys historian Brad Bertelli made a recent public claim about local history that contained many errors and omissions that need clarification. I guess Brad was using his creative writing skills. Yes, the Upper Keys Historical Preservation Society (HPSUK) was formed in 1976 by a small group including Irving Eyster, which Brad omitted. Darlene Brown […]
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Florida Keys Memorial – Hurricane Monument – Islamorada

Standing just east of U.S. Route 1 at mile marker 82 in Islamorada is the Florida Keys Memorial Hurricane Monument designed by the Florida Division of the Federal Art Project and constructed using Keys limestone (“keystone”) by the Works Progress Administration. Unveiled in 1937 with more than 4,000 people in attendance, a frieze depicts palm […]
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Florida Keys Tourism Report First Quarter 2017 The High Season

Monroe County Tourist Development Council’s most recent Smith Travel Research report shows Florida Keys Tourism is doing just fine. The Florida Keys continued with Florida’s best average daily rate. during the first quarter of 2017, at $315. The report on Florida Keys Tourism, with data from January through March 2017, provides a look at the average […]
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Islamorada Founders Park Summer Recreation Camp

Activities at the Islamorada Founders Park Summer Recreation Camp include: Games, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Movies, Board Games, Swimming at the Pool and Beach and more. Camp Dates: June 12 through August 4, 2017. Monday – Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm. Ages: 6 – 12 only. Registration Fees: $85 per Week – $65 per Sibling […]
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Bloodline ​Season 3 Official Trailer

Netflix has released its trailer for the third and final season of Bloodline Season 3, and from the looks of it, this embattled family is going to be dealing with a lot of turmoil as they answer for their litany of crimes. The series will pick up with adult siblings John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), […]
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The Race Club Swim Summer Camp – Islamorada

The Race Club Swim Summer Camp are unlike any other swim camps or clinics.  Sign up for the sessions you’d like during a camp. We recommend that swimmers attend all camp sessions to gain a comprehensive knowledge of our methodologies to improve your swimming technique. All camps below are open for registration. 2017 Swim Camps […]
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REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp 2017 – Key Largo – Islamorada

REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp will immerse you into an ocean of learning and fun! Explorers will be exposed to the underwater world, all of its amazing creatures, and a week filled with creative activities and adventures. Discover all that the ocean has to offer and experience conservation actions in the sunny, salty, and the […]
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Affordable Family Friendly Florida Keys Restaurants

As you would expect Seafood Rules in the Florida Keys restaurants. But you can’t eat seafood for every meal…or can you? Most serve up cuisine reflecting the tropical Caribbean flavors. Tropical fruits and veggies, fresh seafood, and tropical drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic (you must try Mrs. Mac’s Key Lime Freeze).  In season you can enjoy […]
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