The Tops

Habitat’s Builder’s Club boosting construction

Habitat’s Builder’s Club boosting construction

Join the Club The first rule of Habitat for Humanity’s Builder’s Club is you tell everyone about the Builder’s Club. The homebuilding organization’s Upper Keys affiliate created the club/program as a way to recognize its most dedicated supporters. It’s not all that difficult a club to join. There are three levels of commitment. First is […]

Overseas Toll 1938-1954

Overseas Toll 1938-1954

What’s old is new again By Hays Blinckmann & Sara Matthis Monroe County, the City of Marathon and the Village of Islamorada have signed off on a resolution to explore the idea of a toll on Overseas Highway. It wouldn’t be the first time. From 1938 to 1954, Overseas Highway was officially called the “Overseas […]

Solar: Here comes the sun

Solar: Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun DECK: FKEC offers loans for solar systems Florida Keys Electric Cooperative has introduced a solar loan program for customers in the Middle and Upper Keys. The loans, up to $20,000, are for qualified electric customers to buy and install grid-tied systems capable of sending energy back to the utility, or battery […]

Key West Room Escape fun for all ages

Key West Room Escape fun for all ages

The door locks. Searching the downstairs of Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West home of Casa Antigua, a missing page to a manuscript has to be found, and our editor is waiting, and upset. (Sound familiar, Sara Matthis?) Between puzzles, mazes, keys and combinations, those locked in the room are looking for the clues to get […]

Marathon’s Sign Boss

Marathon’s Sign Boss

From cups to boats, the Boss knows best Last year, Buddy Johnston and fiancé Franchesca were miserable in Tallahassee. Johnston, who spent his summers in the Keys lobstering and fishing, knew where he wanted to be – Marathon. “Tallahassee wasn’t somewhere where we wanted to raise our family,” said Franchesca, holding their 10-month-old daughter Anastasia […]

No bite = no malaria

No bite = no malaria

Local Rotarian helps The Mosquitero project   Mosquitos are a worldwide problem and some nations do not have the means or the science to fight them effectively like the Keys. Thanks to the Rotary Club’s Mosquitero Project, volunteers are going global with a uniquely designed net to help stave off the devastating effects such as […]

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 […]

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