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Closure Coming To Warsaw Hole Spawning Area Off Key West

Federal fishery managers drew a one-square-mile block around the Warsaw Hole, a recognized fish-breeding site off the Lower Keys, as an area that needs protection. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, meeting Sept. 17 in South Carolina, selected five oceanic sites for final review as "spawning special management zones," intended to ...
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Marathon Lobster Mobster Jailed for 121 Illegal Lobster

More than 100 marine-resource conservation counts were filed against a Marathon man late Monday after law officers surprised a boat making a nocturnal landing. Jose Carlos Acosta Arias, 37, was carrying a mesh bag with 77 wrung lobster tails when he stepped off a "blacked-out vessel" near the oceanside of 74th ...
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Keys National Marine Sanctuary Repairs Cheeca Rocks Reef

A team from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary finalized a project to restore living coral colonies on a damaged patch reef near Cheeca Rocks that was injured when a rogue buoy dragged across it. Boat groundings, anchors, chains and other items that drag along the seafloor can damage or destroy a ...
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Key Largo’s Benwood Wreck Deserving of Some Respect

It was a busy day at the wreck of the Benwood. There were several dive boats tied to the mooring balls. As I approached the wreck, I saw all manner of scuba divers — from those decked out in rebreathers and other technical gear to others who appeared to be finishing up ...
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Giant Barrel Sponges Increasing on Florida Keys Reefs

Between 2000 and 2012, the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta — which can grow to over a meter tall and wide — covered increasing territory on two reefs off Florida’s Key Largo. The number of sponges per square meter increased on both reefs, on one by an average of 122 ...
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The Tropical Island Prison Older Than Alcatraz – Fort Jefferson

A sort of mini Alcatraz off the coast of Florida once held one of America's most famous prisoners. The Dry Tortugas, a small group of islands about 70 miles off the coast of Key West, Fla., were purchased by the United States from Spain in the early 1800s. The area is one ...
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New and Improved Resorts Highlight Travel to Florida Keys

Accommodation options in the Florida Keys Resorts, like the island chain itself, are rich in atmosphere and appeal. Now through 2016, eight new properties - comprising just over 1,000 rooms – are planning to open from Key Largo to Key West. Additionally, a number of meticulously renovated lodgings are welcoming visitors ...
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FWC Law Enforcement Weekly Report 9-18 to 9-24

SOUTH REGION B - MONROE COUNTY Lieutenant Payne along with Officers Piekenbrock and Martino were on routine water patrol in Waltz Key Basin north of Key West. Shortly after sunset the officers noticed a small skiff returning from offshore with no running lights. The officers followed undetected until they were in close ...
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Crocodile Rocks at Smather’s Beach Key West

State wildlife officials do not plan relocate a crocodile that has been hanging around Smather’s Beach, but instead warning people to stay away from and not feed or harass the federally protected reptile. The American species of crocodile is “pretty transient” and “they move on pretty quickly,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ...
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A First Look at Key Largo’s Playa Largo Resort & Spa

For the first time in more than two decades, a new hotel will open in Key Largo, with the 2016 debut of the Playa Largo Resort & Spa. “As the first new hotel built in Key Largo in more than 21 years, Playa Largo Resort & Spa will offer a level of ...
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Guides Helped Guide New Everglades Park Management Plan

Advice from Florida Bay guides and anglers, shared on trips to remote waters, helped shape Everglades National Park's new management plan. The extensive plan, released Friday after more than a dozen years in the making, outlines new pole-or-troll zones for boaters in the park and lays the groundwork for mandatory boating ...
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Tie One On at Ye Olde English Fly Shop – Summerland Key

Brian Barnes speaks with the eloquence of an English gentleman and the quiet enthusiasm of an accomplished fly fisherman. In fact, Barnes is both, and that enthusiasm is contagious as he describes his fly-fishing shop, Ye Olde English Fly Shop, 24570 Overseas Highway. “I grew up fishing for tiny trout in tiny ...
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Trumpetfish ‘can really shake ‘em down’

“You broke my heart, ‘cause I couldn't dance; you didn't even want me around; and now I'm back, to let you know, I can really shake 'em down. Do you love me now that I can dance?”  (Lyrics from the 1962 Contours’ song “Do you love me?” written by Motown's Berry ...
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Redevelopment of Crystal Bay Resort in Marathon Begins

Heavy machinery cleaned up debris at the former Crystal Bay Resort in Marathon over the weekend, clearing part of the property as developer Marvin Rappaport hopes to start construction in January. Rappaport said there are 30 cottages on the property near mile marker 50 bayside of U.S. 1, which he plans ...
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FWC Tightens Rules on Certain Stone Crab Traps

State fishery managers have removed a loophole that gave some unscrupulous commercial trap fishermen a leg up on fellow fishermen and had serious impact on the lucrative spiny lobster fishery, which is centered in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) amended its regulations for stone crab ...
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Everglades Park Plan Calls for No-Motor Zones

Nearly 200 square miles of Florida Bay waters could be managed as no-motor or idle zones under Everglades National Park's new management plan released Friday. Park staff intends to designate 102,838 acres of shallow water — about 160.7 square miles — as "poll or troll zones" where use of outboard motors ...
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Islamorada’s Alligator Reef Teems With Undersea Fauna

The flotilla was headed to American soil. It was 9:30 p.m. in the evening of November 19, 1821. A new member ship of the fledgling U.S. Navy, the USS Alligator, had been tacking back and forth to stay within range of the slower small flotilla of vessels following it, which ...
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Plate Coral Found at Pulley Ridge

A team of university, state and federal scientists is close to wrapping its exploration of a little known deep reef, Pulley Ridge, where spectacular plate coral colonies blanket the sea floor and red groupers actually help create habitat. Scientists believe this ecosystem, which lies 33 miles northwest of the western most ...
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Long Live the Conch Republic!

Sir Peter Anderson’s dream of incorporating the Conch Republic with Key West is more real then ever following his passing. Key West entrepreneur and icon Paul Menta and Anderson’s only heir Mikaela Anderson are keeping the Republic alive and strong, finally uniting the Republic with city of Key West, and Mikaela ...
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Once an ugly duckling, Islamorada Has Become Cool

Islamorada’s kinda got it going on. Somehow, without much fanfare, it has reached a tipping point where, because of a batch of new eateries and resorts, it feels like the “cool” key. That wasn’t always the case. In the past, the Florida town’s venues had tired nautical themes and shells galore. Now ...
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