Upper Keys

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 […]

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Seagrass die off due to hyper salinity

Officials say conservation projects need to move faster By Gabriel Sanchez It started last summer during the drought and was only exacerbated by the continued blockage of freshwater flowing southward through the Everglades. A large section of seagrass (between 30,000 and 50,0000 acres affected) has died off in the Florida Bay, and things could be […]

Good Girl Juice & Café opens in Village Square

Good Girl Juice & Café opens in Village Square

The purples isles are a little juicier There is a new member of the Village Square entrepreneurial enclave who is tasked with pressing organic fruits and vegetables into healthy, cleansing juices. Vanessa Plascencia, a Coral Shores graduate, opened Good Girl Juice & Café last Friday to great fanfare. “I was juicing from 7 a.m. to […]

Pantaleo’s dream gallery showcases passion for local art movement

Pantaleo’s dream gallery showcases passion for local art movement

Hues of home inspire newest gallery  By Gabriel Sanchez The opening of Roberto Russell Galleries is special for the virtuoso at the heart of the Upper Keys art renaissance. “The culmination of everything I’ve learned throughout the years from artists, mentors, and my experiences had a role in the opening of what I consider my […]

Mosaic canvases the Keys

Mosaic canvases the Keys

Art project brings together artists Stacked around buttons, burlap, scraps of cloth and more paint than one could ever imagine, artists and artists-at-heart had the opportunity to create a 6 by 6-inch canvas using acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and other supplies to support the fourth annual Florida Keys Council of the Arts Connection Project: A […]

Brotherhood of the Blue – Fishermen unite to help Bahamas island destroyed by storm

Brotherhood of the Blue – Fishermen unite to help Bahamas island destroyed by storm

Ed Thompson is a Key West-based captain on a private fishing yacht that travels all over the Caribbean and Bahamas in search of big game. Of course, he’s not the only one. There are dozens if not hundreds of boats, employees and owners that do the same. They call themselves the “Brotherhood of the Blue” […]