Upper Keys

Craving a hint of fall?

Craving a hint of fall?

 By Leah Maki Fall is my favorite season. I grew up going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, baking pumpkin and apple pies, sipping cider next to a fireplace, and going for walks to find the most radiant red, orange and yellow leaves. But in the Florida Keys when the temperatures are pushing 90 degrees, […]

Get spooky with Robert the Doll

Get spooky with Robert the Doll

Key West artifact travels to Upper Keys museum In collaboration with the Key West Art and Historical Society, the one and only Robert the Doll will be coming to the Keys History & Discovery Center for a night of ghost stories with Key West author and ghost hunter, David Sloan. The event is on Thursday, […]

BY THE NUMBERS: Lionfish Derby

BY THE NUMBERS: Lionfish Derby

By Theresa Java The annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby took place Sept. 10 at John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park. It wasn’t the resounding success it usually is — only 323 lionfish were harvested, but that’s still a large number of invasive fish removed from Keys waters. The reason for the poor showing? The weather. Organizers […]

Purple Pumpkins: Art auction and gala raise funds for Rett Syndrome

Purple Pumpkins: Art auction and gala raise funds for Rett Syndrome

By Theresa Java “Last year, we were in a dark place. We had no idea what it was we were up against,” said Michelle Bennett, speaking for her husband, dentist Travis Bennett. They have two children and the youngest, 4-year-old Stella, had just been diagnosed with Rett syndrome. Less than 12 months later, Michelle is […]

One Woman Show: ‘The Wedding Warrior’ in Islamorada

One Woman Show: ‘The Wedding Warrior’ in Islamorada

By Theresa Java Casey Dressler, a.k.a. the Wedding Warrior, will preview her play, “The Wedding Warrior,” this weekend in Islamorada. The local woman wrote the play and will also star. Casey is a Keys kid, she was born and raised in Islamorada and graduated Coral Shores High School in 2001. She’s held a few jobs […]

Sponge Science: Florida Sea Grant, FWCC partners with professor

Sponge Science: Florida Sea Grant, FWCC partners with professor

By Gabriel Sanchez In recent months, the crisis surrounding Florida coastlines and the Everglades has exploded into the national spotlight. Stories of algae filled waters, massive fish kills, and seagrass die off have haunted Floridians. Fortunately, scientists like Dr. Mark Butler, Elliot Hart, and Jack Butler are pioneering sponge studies that could have positive implications […]

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