First time for everything

First time for everything

Newbie takes on paddleboarding [Editor’s note: This summer the Keys Weekly team is focusing on what we are loosely billing as “summer adventures.” The stories will publish every week. Some are pretty straightforward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.”] A quick phone call […]

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

It was the fresh citrus and elevated fertile lands of North Key Largo that earned Garden Cove its name. The waterfront bay was a destination for pirates and sailors who would arrive to purchase fruits high in vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Back in those times, early Keys farmers shared the higher ground with local […]

Children’s shelter officer looks ahead

Children’s shelter officer looks ahead

Outlook: Optimistic New Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Chief Development Officer Karen Holmes joined the shelter with an optimistic outlook on the impact she could achieve. As chief development officer, some of Holmes duties involve forming strong relations with the community and local government, fund raising, and marketing. The Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University […]

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Key Largo resident sends locals on all kinds of trips Key Largo’s Ilja Chapman grew up in the Netherlands not far from Amsterdam. But just because she was born there, didn’t mean she was staying. After graduating college, Chapman made her first adventure to the South American country of Ecuador. She lived deep in the […]

Morada Bay Cafe

Morada Bay Cafe

Morada Bay’s Beach Café opened its doors in 1996 after the bayside site was given an extensive makeover. The vision for the new eatery was to embody the essence of a peaceful oasis, strewn with gorgeous flora and relaxing bayside views. “It became a place where you could enjoy the view and eat some good […]