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Capt. Randy Towe Wears Many Hats

Capt. Randy Towe of Islamorada builds rods in his man cave/office at mile marker 92 bayside. Photo By Jill Zima Borski

Randy Towe of Islamorada is a fishing guide, rod builder and yacht broker. A man of many talents, he had two main loves growing up in South Florida: baseball and fishing. He pursued them concurrently, wondering what his future might …

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Two Marine Shows This Month – IBEX & FLIBS

A pair of major marine industry shows offers something for everyone this month. IBEX, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, takes place October 2 to 4 at the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, FL. FLIBS, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat …

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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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Six Questions with MIASF’s Phil Purcell

  He sits at the helm of the largest marine trade organization in the Southeastern U.S, one that represents nearly 140,000 employees, injects $11.5 billion into the regional economy and draws visitors from 50-plus countries to its Fort Lauderdale International …

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Exploring the Dry Tortugas National Park

Our final stop in the Florida Keys is Dry Tortugas National Park, located 70 miles west of Key West and is only accessible by boat.  The name comes from the fact there is no fresh water and Tortugas is Spanish …

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Nautically-Themed TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Now Open 

There’s been a void of hotels catering to Fort Lauderdale’s boating community – until now. The nautically-themed TRYP by Wyndham Maritime opened in May. The 150-room hotel is the anchor of the four-star 168-slip Marina Bay Resort, one of the …

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Yachts Make Mega Economic Impact in South Florida

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale is known as the ‘Yachting Capital of the World’. A new study by Thomas J. Murray & Associates and released by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Release confirms that …

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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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The Common Cents of Key West

Mallory Square - High Wire Act

This issue we are looking at Key West, which is as far as you can travel in the Keys by car. Key West is by far the biggest city in the Keys, but still has less than 25,000 people and …

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Explore the Keys

Bahia Honda - Old Bridge

For the next couple issues we are going to leave the Bahamas and hang out in the Florida Keys, starting at the Henry Flagler memorial in Miami. He first connected the Florida Keys in the 1910’s by building a railroad …

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