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Jill Borski

Jill Zima Borski lives in Islamorada, Fla. and is board chair of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Her website is www.jill-zima-borski.com

Being a Key West “Local” Has its “Quirks”

I knew I had become a “local” on the island of Key West when I recognized Chris Peterson, drag queen extraordinaire, in his street clothes walking to work at La-Te-Da on Duval Street. I had seen the musical, “The Legend of …

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Smalltooth Sawfish Still in the Florida Keys

Juveniles double in size during their first year, growing from a birth length of 2.5 feet up to 5 feet

The Florida Keys are one of the few spots left in the world to see the endangered sawfish. Wiped out by longline nets and fishermen who mostly wanted to collect their saws or nostrum, scientists are studying the population in …

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Key West Lighthouse Reflects Time Gone By

Photos Courtesy of Key West Art & Historical Society

Visitors strain their necks looking above and beyond the Royal Poinciana trees, which demand attention with their showy orange blossoms, to see the highest point in Key West, the top of the Key West Lighthouse. Adjacent to the 65-foot lighthouse, …

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Coral Restoration Efforts Sprout Optimism in Mote Scientists

Vaughan points to lab-raised massive corals

A scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3) discovered how a coral growing process called micro-fragmentation could accelerate reef restoration; now, Mote is using it on 28 different coral species. Dr. David Vaughan, executive …

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Key West: Home to Three Rum Distilleries

Who would’ve have thought a four-mile island needed three rum distilleries? The people who wanted to operate distilleries in Key West, that’s who. They, also, apparently decided 9,000 island residents per distillery was about right to make the economics work, …

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Hurricane Irma Spared Florida Bay

Photo by Jill Zima Borski

Hurricane Irma largely spared Florida Bay, according to Audubon Everglades Science Center staff in Islamorada, Florida Keys. After the category four storm surged through the Florida Keys Sept. 10, South Florida residents, fishing captains and scientists were nervous about how …

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‘Bloodline’ Sites in the Keys Attract Visitors

Photo by Jill Zima Borski

Location scouts surely had a field day in the Florida Keys sightseeing and frequenting bars and restaurants while finding suitable filming locations for Bloodline, the wildly successful Netflix series that filmed three seasons in the Upper Keys. From scenic beaches, …

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Little Fish in Big Trouble, Researchers Say

Courtesy of the Pew Charitable Trusts

  Global demand is surging for forage fish which are used to make pet food, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, fertilizer and feed for animals and aquaculture operations. Their eggs are a delicacy. They are vulnerable to pollution and climate change which …

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Motion in the Ocean: Swimming Around Key West

  The Swim Around Key West sponsored by Florida Keys Community College is a 12.5-mile journey that attracts solo and team swimmers to repeatedly reach-pull, reach-pull and flutter kick their way around the southernmost island. The FKCC Swim Around Key West …

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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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Fraser Yachts Celebrates 70th Anniversary

  What started from one man’s passion for sailing and selling is now a leading global superyacht brokerage. Fraser Yachts, founded by namesake David Fraser in Newport Beach, California, in 1947, celebrates not only its Platinum anniversary this year, but …

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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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