Middle Florida Keys Suggestions For Your Bucket List

The Middle Florida Keys are an often overlooked destination. Lying between the Upper Florida Keys where you will find the Diving & Fishing Capitals of Key Largo and Islamorada and the Lower Florida Keys with Big Pine Key’s Key Deer and world famous Key West, the Middle Florida Keys is sometimes referred to as the Heart … Read more

Boat Ramp at Marathon Harbor Drive May get Tow-away Zones

Residents living by the city-owned Harbor Drive boat ramp near Aviation Boulevard behind Florida Keys Marathon International Airport may get some reprieve from what some call encroachment in their area.City Manager Charles Lindsey told the Marathon City Council at its meeting Tuesday that he and city staff might have a proposed ordinance to present at … Read more

The Turtle Hospital Rescues Up Dramatically in 2015

The Turtle Hospital at mile marker 48.5 bayside in Marathon admitted 172 sea turtles last year — nearly double the number of 2014, hospital staff says. Manager Bette Zirkelbach said cases of fibropapillomatosis, a debilitating herpes virus specific to sea turtles, are increasing, especially among juvenile green sea turtles. “Marine turtles with FP have external … Read more

Best stops on the Overseas Highway – Marathon

Marathon Legend has it this city got its name from the workers who toiled to build Henry Flagler’s railroad through the Keys. The work, they said, was a real marathon.The name stuck and today the 16-mile series of islands is one of the most family friendly strips in south Florida. At The Turtle Hospital, kids … Read more

Best Weekend Trips to the Florida Keys From Miami Right Now

  By Julia Ford-Carther Just a short drive from Miami, trips to the Florida Keys—stretching from Key Largo to Key West—offer a different way to experience paradise. Surfboards and Adirondack chairs beckon outside The Beach Café at Morada Bay. While Miamians live where everyone else vacations, residents like to sneak away occasionally for a change … Read more

Fish Camp – Dream Home Listed for $12.9M in Marathon

The most stunning feature of this charming 11,674-square-foot estate in Marathon that just hit the market is out back, where you’ll find the pool of all pools, outfitted with a waterfall, bridge, wet bar and jacuzzi. Located in the Heart of the Florida Keys, the property known as “Fish Camp” is Marathon’s priciest home on … Read more

5 Great Florida Keys Beaches To Visit On The Cheap

Florida Keys Beaches I recently took an extended road trip down the East coast from West Virginia, ending magnificently in the Florida Keys. Anyone who has traveled down that way, knows that the Keys can be quite expensive to stay in. So money for activities does not have to be that much thank goodness, there … Read more

Marathon Lobster Mobster Jailed for 121 Illegal Lobster

More than 100 marine-resource conservation counts were filed against a Marathon man late Monday after law officers surprised a boat making a nocturnal landing. Jose Carlos Acosta Arias, 37, was carrying a mesh bag with 77 wrung lobster tails when he stepped off a “blacked-out vessel” near the oceanside of 74th Street in Marathon, reported … Read more

Redevelopment of Crystal Bay Resort in Marathon Begins

Heavy machinery cleaned up debris at the former Crystal Bay Resort in Marathon over the weekend, clearing part of the property as developer Marvin Rappaport hopes to start construction in January. Rappaport said there are 30 cottages on the property near mile marker 50 bayside of U.S. 1, which he plans to demolish and rebuild. … Read more

Marathon Board Gives Preliminary OK for Resort on Knights Key

Pritam Singh is one step closer to turning Knights Key into Marathon’s next destination resort. Singh, who built, among other things, the Truman Annex housing development in Key West and Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, received unanimous approval Monday from the Marathon Planning Commission for his yet-to-be named 199-room resort at the RV park at … Read more

Marathon Looks at Buying Former Quay Site

A suggestion that the city of Marathon should explore purchasing land next to the boat ramp on Harbor Drive behind the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport brought protest from residents at a Thursday budget workshop. With some residents vehemently opposed, that shifted the discussion to perhaps purchasing the former Quay property next to the Island … Read more

Salvor Claims to Have Found Middle Keys Shipwreck

BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff  A shipwreck salvor has claimed to have found a wrecked sailing vessel somewhere off the Middle Keys, but as is usual with such cases, specifics about what treasures it may hold and from what year in history it hails remains shrouded in secrecy. A company called EPW Salvage, Inc., owned … Read more

NOAA Researchers Dive Slave Ship “The Ivory Wreck”

BY JOSH GORE Free Press Staff A group of federal maritime archaeologists are trying to uncover more details of a sunken slave ship near Delta Shoals off Sombrero Reef. Locals name the area The Ivory Wreck, which is located a few hundred yards away from the lighthouse. The name stems from ivory tusks discovered … Read more

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