9 Key West Attractions to Check Out While In Port

Key West is a popular cruise port of call on numerous Caribbean itineraries, and although many travelers flock to busy Duval Street, the area offers cruise passengers outdoor activities and unusual things to do beyond the typical tourist stops. Cruisers will have no problem finding the Ernest Hemingway House and Sloppy Joe’s Bar, but here … Read more

Stock Island Real Estate Development

Marina projects, in particular, may help the island emerge from Key West’s shadow Long overshadowed by Key West, its neighbor to the south, Stock Island may be on the cusp of significant real estate development, particularly at marina properties. Last month, for example, Monroe County issued a permit for construction of a mixed-use development around … Read more

5 years later $550K Mel Fisher Museum Gold Bar Still Missing

Lack of finding a 74.85-ounce gold bar plundered from a Key West museum five years ago come Tuesday has left an “open wound,” says the museum’s director. “The bar was insured but money will never replace an artifact that was part of so many museum visitors’ personal interaction and memories of the experience,” Melissa Kendrick, chief … Read more

Best of The Florida Keys – Key Largo – Islamorada – Key West

The Chica Travelsita, Travel Blogger and Travel Agent explores the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West! She stays at The Casa Morada in Islamorada, explores the waters with Upper Keys Sport Fishing and The Florida Fisherman and experiences delicious food and drinks at Lorelei’s Restaurant and Bar, Bitton Bistro and The Square Grouper. … Read more

Mystery Writers Fest in Key West

The 2nd annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest launches this Friday, August 14, with international bestselling and global multi-award winning suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver headlining a Who’s Who of world class story tellers whose tales keep readers up all night – and often with the lights on. Open to published authors, aspiring authors and non-writing … Read more

Keys Humor – Bridge to Cuba

Bridge Building humor A third generation Cuban immigrant was walking along a Key West beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it and out popped a genie. The genie said, “OK, OK. You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and … Read more

Coral park coming to Fort Zachary Taylor

Mote Marine Laboratory is expanding its coral restoration efforts so that those who can’t make the 3 to 6 mile boat trek to the reef can see coral and the marine life it supports. Mote has partnered with the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to bring 5,500 nursery-raised … Read more

Cuban Government Still Owns the San Carlos

A stately edifice on Key West’s Duval Street with high arches, a wide wrought-iron balcony, and large windows shaded by wooden louvers, the building that houses the San Carlos Institute is the property of the Cuban Government, a situation that has remained unchanged since long before the revolution of the 1950s. Founded by Cuban exiles … Read more

Smathers Beach – Key West

Key West’s manmade strand, built with sand brought in from the Bahamas in 1961, offers a rare stretch of white sand among the Keys’ otherwise-rocky shores. The vibe of downtown Duval Street extends to this beach, where the people-watching and socializing are just as important as the sun and waves. Beach volleyball and parasailing are … Read more

Tennessee Man With 63 Illegal Lobster = 156 Criminal Charges

BY KEVIN WADLOW A Tennessee man found off Key West with 63 lobster tails was booked into jail on 156 resource conservation counts Thursday, state marine officers report. Charles J. Emanuel, 38, of Signal Mountain was snorkeling off a canoe at the Sigsbee Ledge, a few hundred feet from a U.S. Navy campground, according … Read more

Group Touting Underwater Luxury Hotel Near Key West

Just in time for World Oceans Day, an underwater luxury hotel still in the planning and fund-raising stage, is now featuring a single underwater guestroom, with proceeds going to a coral reef restoration funding project. Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel, based near Key West, Florida, highlighted the concept on Monday. The pod-style room, which is accessed via … Read more

Key West Considers Making Island Friendlier For Bikes

By NANCY KLINGENER  Key West is a good place to get around under your own power whether it’s by bike or on foot. The island is small, flat and warm year-round. Lots of island residents use bikes as their primary transportation, especially in the historic district. Old Town was developed in the 18th century before cars. … Read more

Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets

After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults. I read “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” when I was around 10, hidden, as usual, in a big upholstered chair in a back corner of the house. In one of my favorite scenes, a sixth … Read more

Key West Fishing Legend Ralph Delph

Legendary Key West light-tackle guide captain Ralph Delph retired from charter fishing just about a year ago, but it’s highly unlikely that some up-and-comer will top most of the 70-year-old’s accomplishments. He guided anglers to at least 127 IGFA-certified world records. He landed four giant bluefin tuna over 1,000 pounds (including one weighing 1,154) on … Read more

Sexton’s House Project at Historic Key West Cemetery

By Gwen Filosa A year after city commissioners balked at plans to build a $532,000 sexton’s house at the historic cemetery, construction is under way on a slightly scaled-down version of the original Georgian-style design. On Monday, city workers continued ripping out the concrete slab of the old sexton’s house, which was demolished last … Read more

Crab Trap Molesters Face up to 10 Years

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a Key West jury took less than two hours to find both Romualdo Ricardo Salado and Christopher J. Payne guilty of one count of Molestation of Another’s Stone Crab Trap by a Commercial Harvester.   Mr. Salado and Mr. Payne were found not guilty of a second count involving the same … Read more

Key Weird – Hog Tied Iguanas

A man was jailed Tuesday after police said he was caught on Duval Street with three large iguanas whose legs were “hog-tied” with duct tape as they dangled from his bicycle’s handlebars by wire. Jeremy Dugas, 35, of Key West, remained in the Stock Island jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bond, facing a misdemeanor … Read more

Loggerhead Turtle Rescued in Key West

By Timothy O’Hara Citizen Staff The Marathon Turtle Hospital received a new patient Friday, after a Key West Wildlife Center worker rescued a sick sea turtle near the seawall by the Key West International Airport. Don the loggerhead turtle, named after a man who spotted him and called rescuers, was severely emaciated when Key West … Read more

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