FWC Rule For Recreational Crab Traps March 1 2013

Starting in March 2013, recreational crab traps in Florida will be required to have rigid funnel openings no larger than 2 x 6 inches at the narrowest point or 2 x 6-inch bycatch reduction devices installed to reduce accidental trapping of diamondback terrapins, which has been a significant threat to the species. The rule was approved by … Read more

Florida Manatees in the Winter

Florida Manatees are large, aquatic mammals native to the waters of Florida and the surrounding states. During the winter months, these animals can often be found in the warm waters of Florida’s springs and power plants as well as the Florida Keys, where they gather to avoid the cold. Manatees are generally slow-moving creatures, with … Read more

Treats from the Sea Are the Stars of Florida Keys Cuisine

In the Florida Keys & Key West, fresh seafood is a must for just about every meal. And with the abundance of fish and seafood in Keys waters, most restaurants along the island chain make it a menu staple. It’s easy to find just-off-the-boat snapper, grouper and mahi-mahi served grilled, blackened or fried. In addition, … Read more

Springtime in the Florida Keys 2022

Springtime in the Florida Keys & Key West is easy and breezy, with weather that’s ideal for all types of outdoor activities on and in the water and in the Keys’ scenic wide-open spaces. As sustainability remains a priority with the restoration and preservation of the Keys’ fragile environment and natural resources, plans for a … Read more

Florida Keys U.S. 1 Transportation Master Plan

The Florida Keys Transportation Coordination Committee (FKTCC) met on Monday to recommend and rank a set of potential solution projects approved in the U.S. 1 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The list will be presented to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in February for approval to be given to the Florida Department of … Read more

Florida Keys Celtic Festival Returns to Marathon Jan 7-9

Celtic history, culture, food and music are to be celebrated by attendees at the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, a favorite family event in the Middle Keys. The 2022 event is set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 7-9, after a one-year hiatus due to coronavirus concerns in early 2021. Celtic rock and traditional musicians are scheduled … Read more

Take a Big Bite at Small Florida Keys Eateries

Indigenous Florida Keys cuisine typically means fresh fish and seafood harvested from local waters, headlining nearly every restaurant menu. For a delicious bite to spark your taste buds, check out some small, off-the-grid and new-location eateries that Keys locals favor for their flavors. In Key Largo, diners can kick off their shoes, dip their toes … Read more

Highest Price For a Home in Marathon Breaks Local Record with $11.9M Sale

Engel & Völkers Florida today announced the record-breaking sale of 1150 Bulevar De Palmas. Joani Towe, an advisor with Engel & Völkers Islamorada represented the buyer in their $11,995,000 purchase, which was the highest price seen for a home in Marathon, Florida. “It was an absolute pleasure working to bring the buyer and seller together … Read more

Watch Florida Keys Music Events Live or Stream Online

Traditionally, performing artists in the Florida Keys share their musical talent in island-style venues that range from outdoor amphitheater lawns to historic halls and waterfront clubs. But since coronavirus precautions currently prohibit large concert gatherings, like the Florida Keys Music Events listed below, performance stages now include virtual and streaming versions to maintain the health … Read more

Public Workshop on Fisheries Management of Western Dry Rocks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on a proposal for a seasonal fishing closure in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks. This area is about 10 miles southwest of Key West and is an important spawning location for many recreationally and commercially important species such as snapper, grouper and … Read more

Florida Keys Conch Republic to Celebrate Independence Nov 27-30

It began with an unannounced U.S. Border Patrol roadblock installed in 1982 at the head of the Florida Keys, causing massive traffic delays and inspiring irritated residents to ceremonially secede from the Union They formed the independent Conch Republic. “Citizens” and friends of the colorful “country” can celebrate its continued fame Friday through Monday, Nov. … Read more

Scientists 1st to Spawn Legendary Bonefish in Captivity

It took scientists in Japan more than 50 years to successfully spawn eels in captivity to help preserve the species. In a race to solve a major challenge for conservation aquaculture, a breakthrough by researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in collaboration with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is the first in the world to successfully spawn … Read more

Sculpture Trail Enhances Island Chain’s Landscape

Sculpture Trail. Creativity is seemingly built into the DNA of the Florida Keys. Without even stepping inside a gallery or studio, visitors exploring the island chain can encounter an eclectic variety of open-air artistry. Prime among the outdoor creations is a collection of thought-provoking large-scale sculptures. The 81-mile Florida Keys Sculpture Trail extends from Islamorada … Read more

New United Airlines Flights From Chicago – Newark – DC to Key West

Beginning Oct. 1 New United Airlines flights is to resume daily nonstop service to Key West from Chicago O’Hare and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty international airports on United Express 70-seat Embraer E170 regional jets. In addition, beginning Nov. 6 United is to launch new nonstop service five times weekly between Key West and Washington Dulles … Read more

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