Hydroponics in the Keys

Hydroponics in the Keys

The science behind gardening This past growing season, Tom Bordovsky and Donna Naylor grew enough tomatoes in their backyard hydroponic garden to feed their whole street. With seven-different varieties of plants towering over their heads in 27 repurposed kitty litter buckets, every three days they were bringing in more tomatoes than they could ever eat […]

‘Paradise’ found

‘Paradise’ found

Restaurant specializes in international cuisine Hardworking is an understatement for new restaurant owners – and brothers – Julian and Christian Velez. Julian, 30, borrowed $100 from his cousin and moved to Key West six years ago. He spent months sleeping on the stock room floor of a T-shirt shop, surrounded by boxes he’d have to […]

Expressionism & Impressionism

Expressionism & Impressionism

Artist Spotlight: Dustin Porta After sailing the Gulf Coast, writing a couple books, and looking for a new way to express himself, Dustin Porta found his niche through his travels and his friends. What started as, he says, “industrial expressionism,” Porta found beauty in the rusty and rustic oil rigs lit up at night in […]

Commercial fishing for beginners

Commercial fishing for beginners

SUMMER ADVENTURE SERIES [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 straight forward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.” And then, there’s this […]

That is what she shot

That is what she shot

Spearfishing Tournament helps Womankind Jenna Moeller kind of does it all. She’s a Monroe County Sheriff’s Officer, rescue pup mom, and a second-place conch fritter eating world champion. But, her spearfishing skills are also something to envy as a five-time That’s What She Shot Spearfishing tournament winner. Moeller’s twin sister Lea founded the spearfishing tournament, now […]

Team Depot helps local veterans

Team Depot helps local veterans

Seeing Clearly In a stilted Big Pine Key house, disabled Army Veteran Donald Pereau’s windows needed some help. “It’s tough not knowing when storms are coming and having to worry about how the windows will get shuttered and un-shuttered,” he said. That’s when Team Depot, the Marathon Home Depot store volunteers, stepped up to help […]