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#Diving: You’re a wreck! Get on the ‘Wreck Trek’ or become a reef explorer

Contributed Thousands of scuba divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys each year now can enjoy two new underwater programs spotlighting the Keys’ coral reefs and shipwrecks. Each offers a specially created souvenir journal and the potential to win prizes for discovering the island chain’s subsea wonders. First-timers, families and fun-loving outdoors groups can enjoy the […]

#PartyOnWayne: Top 6 summer party accessories

• Inflatable Duck – Nothing says, “I came to party, but I’m also practical and want to just float, and not swim,” quite like the inflatable duck. • Coozie – Remember that trip you took to Key West, and you miighhht have had a few too many, but your friends watched out for you and […]

#Recipes: Two cold cocktails for one hot summer

By Alex Press On hot summer days, people get thirsty and need an ice-cold drink to cool them down. In the heat a craft beer is probably too filling, your ice cubes will melt in your Jack and Coke and experienced Floridians know the effect of drinking wine all day in a sun chair. There […]

#Question: What will you do on your staycation?

Weekly Staff In most of the continental U.S. summertime means backyard BBQ’s, hanging by the pool and corn on the cob. In the Keys, our habits are a little different — hunting for underwater, edible treasure or bobbing around in crystal blue waters next to the boat. Visitors often marvel, ‘Wow! Every day must be […]

#SummerReading: The Sixth Extinction (An Unnatural History)

(Editor’s Note: Summer Reading is a new Weekly column featuring what local notables are reading this season. What are you reading? Email [email protected]) George Neugent Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent has a bunch of books on his bedside table, but he’s currently enthralled by “The Sixth Extinction.” “It’s not a bunch of gobleygook and heavy […]

#ImOnABoat: How to channel your inner Sporty Spice this summer

Flats fishing This is called “skinny water” fishing and anglers take out small boats, one or two fishermen plus a captain, to hunt the gamefish of the Keys flats. They’re after permit, bonefish, tarpon and they use light tackle or fly rods. $350 half day/$550 full day Offshore fishing Go big, or go home. This […]

Grateful Guitar: go-to experts – Shop sells instruments, helps musicians

Grateful Guitar: go-to experts – Shop sells instruments, helps musicians

For an island that was noted for its fishing and trade industries, Key West is now defined by its art — and music is the muse of the eclectic community. In a one-mile stretch, there are more than 50 live music venues that showcase legendary talent up and down Duval Street. Whether it’s the southern […]

High school grad sings for tuition

High school grad sings for tuition

On Saturday, June 21, community supporters are holding a showcase for recent MHS grad Xavier McKnight. The $20 admission ticket will go towards tuition at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, his dream school. He and his friends will perform an evening of songs from favorite Broadway musicals including “Rent,” […]

Wineologist roots for the underdog

Wineologist roots for the underdog

In 1980, I dabbled in liquor cabinet raiding and shoplifting beers. That summer, “Caddyshack” was released. I clearly remember seeing it with my friends. We snagged some Rhinegold’s, stuck them in paper bags, and walked to the theater. That night we were entertained by Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield. “Caddyshack” had it all — […]

How to catch a thief – Stolen wallet on visit to Cuba has happy ending

How to catch a thief – Stolen wallet on visit to Cuba has happy ending

By Larry Benvenuti I have been to Cuba 20 times before, having had many adventures on the island nation to the south of the Florida Keys. My mission for the trip in April 2013 was to meet with friends and officials involved with the conservation and preservation of coral reefs and Cuba’s natural environment. It […]