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Joshua Appelby: Another Case of a Dubious Florida Wrecker

At about the same time the dubious wrecker John Jacob Housman first made his way to the Florida Territory, another questionable captain was sailing this way, too. His name was Joshua Appelby, born Dec. 5, 1770 in Newport, Rhode Island. Like Captain Housman, he arrived in the Florida Territory circa 1822. As a point of comparison,…

Safety 1st On Personal Watercraft

Recently Monroe County Fire Rescue personnel transported a critical patient to Ryder Trauma Center via Trauma Star air ambulance after a life-threatening personal watercraft accident near mile marker 88.  Many factors combined to save the patient’s life, including the firefighters and paramedics that were first on scene; the medical skills and expertise of our Trauma…

Florida Keys No. 2 in Florida Boating Accidents

By Kevin Wadlow In a deadly year on Florida waters, the Florida Keys remain one of the most dangerous places for boaters. Five people were killed on waters near the Keys in 2014, second statewide only to the 10 people who died in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says in…

Ultra Light Flats Boats

The new generation of ultra-light flats boats takes anglers into the skinniest of water, inaccessible to heavier craft. By TERRY TOMALIN It’s easy to run aground when you are chasing redfish through the shallows of the Indian River, where locals consider 2 feet to be fairly deep for fishing. Like all boat owners, I pray I…