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‘Reconnect’ Video Contest – Chance to Win a Florida Keys Getaway for 4

For those eager to share time and meaningful experiences with friends and family after coronavirus constraints, a new social media competition offers the chance to reconnect during a Florida Keys getaway. The “Reconnect in the Florida Keys” video challenge kicks off Tuesday, May 11, with the winner to receive a four-night Keys vacation for four….

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FWC Approves Draft Proposal to Protect Fish Spawning Near Western Dry Rocks 

At its December meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal to protect fish spawning aggregations near an area known as Western Dry Rocks. Western Dry Rocks, which is about 10 miles south of Key West, is an important spawning location for many recreationally and commercially important species such as…

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Lifejackets – Variety is the Spice of Safety

“Gone Coastal” column By Amanda Nalley.  I hate to admit it, but for years, our two neon-orange over-the-neck lifejackets (aka personal floatation devices or PFDs) acted primarily as seat cushions in our 40-year-old canoe. We didn’t have much money, and the thought of spending $40 on a personal floatation device seemed… unnecessary. We told ourselves…

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Sea Turtles and Manatees Released in the Florida Keys

As well as human visitors who come to the Florida Keys for rest and renewal, marine creatures in need come calling, too. Some Sea Turtles and Manatees arrive with health problems, while others are injured, orphaned, or lost. When recovered they are released. Throughout the island chain, ailing sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and whales encounter…

Spotted Seatrout New Regulations Begin Feb 1 2020
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Spotted Seatrout New Regulations Begin Feb 1 2020

Spotted SeaTrout Statewide Regulations Update At its December meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved rule changes for spotted seatrout. Changes will go into effect Feb. 1, 2020. These changes DO NOT replace the SW Florida red-tide-related closures listed below. Monroe County Florida Keys will follow the South…

Trip to Islamorada – Quiet Adventure – Fresh Seafood at Every Corner

Trip to Islamorada – Quiet Adventure – Fresh Seafood at Every Corner

Islamorada — the sports fishing capital of the world — is more than just a destination for the best fishing. From seafood smorgasbords at every local restaurant to peaceful time spent swaying in hammocks, Islamorada is a quaint getaway that’s perfect for any weekend. Islamorada, often viewed as the less exciting version of Key West, is…

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Applications available for FWC’s 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program

Applications available for FWC’s 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant. This grant program is focused on recruiting new anglers, retaining active anglers and…

Trulieve Brings Access to Medical Cannabis in the New Key West Dispensary

Trulieve Brings Access to Medical Cannabis in the New Key West Dispensary

As state approaches 275,000 patients, Trulieve’s latest storefront brings Florida’s largest selection of medical cannabis to patients in the Keys. To celebrate their newest store, Trulieve will be hosting a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, September 17th at 10:00 AM, with doors opening and press tours of the new dispensary immediately following. WHAT: Trulieve Key…

2 years after Hurricane Irma – Still Waiting on Funding

2 years after Hurricane Irma – Still Waiting on Funding

There are still many individuals, businesses, and local governments Still Waiting on Funding for damages caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Two years after Hurricane Irma barreled into the Florida Keys, some neighborhoods still show obvious signs of the aftermath of Category Four storm that leveled homes and sent boats from the water into…

Sargassum Problem – Florida Keys Look Looks for Solutions
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Sargassum Problem – Florida Keys Look Looks for Solutions

Anyone who’s been to the beach in South Florida or the Caribbean in recent months has probably seen — or smelled — sargassum piled up on shore. The (Sargassum Problem) algae is hitting record levels. In the Keys, some want their local governments to address the problem. Robert Moser’s family has had a place in…

What’s New in the Florida Keys for Fall 2019
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What’s New in the Florida Keys for Fall 2019

The Florida Keys with community efforts to sustain precious natural resources through the Connect & Protect initiative, continue to unveil ways to preserve the Keys’ environment and connect visitors who love the outdoors to the island chain’s unmatched beauty. Efforts to replant and preserve coral along the Florida Reef Tract are ongoing. In addition, two new eco-stay properties, tucked…

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Ten Keymandments Florida Keys Visitors Guide

While the Bible’s Ten Commandments advise people what NOT to do, these “Ten Keymandments” are designed to guide visitors in what you CAN do to have meaningful, memorable vacations while respecting and helping preserve the Florida Keys environment. An education campaign focusing on the preservation of the environment is being introduced to motorists entering the…