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Florida Keys Municipal Feature Bountiful Amenities

  Municipal marinas in the Florida Keys boast plentiful amenities and prime locations. Two are like country clubs in terms of their offerings. Special events with live music and arts and crafts often are held on the adjacent community park …

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Undersea Research Ongoing in the Florida Keys

An aquanaut recently shared her eight-day underwater experience with an audience at the monthly Immerse Yourself lecture at the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. Dawn Kernagis, who was inducted into the Women’s Diving Hall of Fame in 2016, is …

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Riding in An Ocean-Going Pink Cadillac, NautiLimo

The pink Cadillac looks like it made a wrong turn from the Florida Keys Overseas Highway and ended up in the ocean. Yet, it glides serenely along on the flat-calm waters of Florida Bay. Visitors at the oceanfront Lorelei Restaurant …

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Sailors to Race to Cuba in a Cultural Exchange

Key West Cuba Race Week and Conch Republic Cup

The second annual Conch Republic Cup/Key West Cuba Race Week set for Jan. 22-to Feb. 3 is the only triangle race to Cuba, visiting two ports, Marina Gaviota in Varadero and Marina Hemingway in Havana, and includes the challenging return …

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Green Sea Turtles Swimming in Unknown Territory

Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida Keys, disagreed with the federal downlisting of green sea turtles from an endangered species to “threatened” in May because of challenges facing green sea turtles. The primary challenge is the …

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How Toilet Seat Cut in Islamorada Came to Be

Toilet Seat Cut

Toilet Seat Cut, a bona fide tourist attraction, is in the waters of Florida Bay around mile marker 90 in Islamorada. About 250 decorated toilet seats line a 60-feet-wide manmade channel near mangrove islands and seagrass flats enabling boat travel …

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Florida Bay in Dire Need of Freshwater

Florida Bay die off: A fish kill in Florida Bay includes dead toadfish, mullet, pinfish and redfish. Photo by Pete Frezza with Florida Keys Audubon

Dying and dead floating seagrass and fish kills from low dissolved oxygen in Florida Bay are a main topic of conversation in the Florida Keys. According to the Everglades Foundation, lack of freshwater flow has killed 50,000 acres of sea …

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The Challenges and Joys of Cooking at Sea

Cooking at Sea: Pizza being made on a two-burner stove by Connie McBride. Connie McBride

Cooking at sea is vital to full bellies, high energy and happy boaters. Yet it can be a challenge over long passages, stormy weather and space considerations. Sailors need not live on a diet of peanut butter. Many a cruiser …

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Sunset Key Cottages: Key West Luxury Getaway

Key West Luxury Getaway:Photo courtesy of Sunset Key Cottages Resort

The Florida Keys is a worthy destination for any boater, having plenty to offer those seeking adventure, relaxation or both. A boating mecca, the Keys provide anchorages, marinas and boater friendly hotels that offer dockage and a respite from an …

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