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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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The Story Behind the Abandoned Florida Keys Overseas Railroad

If you live in Florida, you’re probably familiar with some of oil tycoon Henry M. Flagler’s work including the Florida Keys Overseas Railroad. Back in the early 1900s, Florida was a popular winter destination for the upper crust, and some of the Florida’s most extravagant works of architecture were commissioned by Flagler himself. Flagler College…

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Key West’s Strangest Love Story – Undying Love – Count Carl von Cosel

Writer/musician/playwright Ben Harrison tells the true macabre story of Key West’s own “Count” Carl von Cosel and his passion that defied death, for an episode titled “Grand Gestures”. Von Cosel achieved international fame in 1940 when the corpse of his true love (and former tuberculosis patient) Elena Milagro Hoyos was discovered in his secluded house…

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Diana Nyad Donates Historic Cuba-Key West Swim Gear To Key West Museum – Video

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad dedicated an exhibit at Key West’s Custom House Museum Friday, featuring items she wore during her landmark 2013 swim from Havana to Key West. The installation includes the bathing suit, goggles. and custom-designed jellyfish protection face-mask Diana Nyad used during the nearly 111-mile swim that took almost 53 hours. Nyad donated…

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Marathon – The Middle Keys by Jerry Wilkinson and Laura Albritton

A new pictorial history of Marathon – The Middle Keys traces the community’s growth from the earliest known settlers, through its Overseas Railroad era and the wrath of Hurricane Donna. Then there are the oddball Keys events, like the plight of an unfortunate whale shark paraded through town and Mitzi the dolphin who became a…

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Affordable Housing Units Approved for Historic Old Tavernier Hotel

The owner of the Old Tavernier Hotel at mile marker 91.8 recently received approval to transform the former lodging into affordable housing. The Monroe County Development Review Committee gave the final go-ahead on the minor conditional use permit requesting the change at its Aug. 30 meeting. These type of requests do not require public hearings after…

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Sand Key Lighthouse Built in 1853 | The Florida Memory Blog

Lighthouses in the Florida Keys have a tough task to manage. The area is not only strewn with coral reefs and shoals, but is also a favorite highway for destructive hurricanes and other storms. The Sand Key Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in the United States, has been in operation since 1827, and has borne witness…

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Little Palm Island The Florida Keys Resort You Can’t Drive To

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a piece of paradise discreetly located off the fabled Florida Keys coastline so remote it’s only accessible by sea-plane or boat. A best-kept secret for US presidents and celebrities, your escape is simply waiting to drink you in. No phones, no TVs and no shortage of fun and romance….