Upper Keys

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” […]

Permit holders can take lionfish from SPAs

Permit holders can take lionfish from SPAs

It’s open hunting waters for rest of Keys “Local control is working,” said Lad Akins, director of Special Projects at REEF. “Every lionfish we take out of the water counts, even if it’s only one or two.” In a partnership between REEF and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, permits can be issued for lionfish hunters […]

#Music: Back by popular demand: Dan Bern

#Music: Back by popular demand: Dan Bern

Back for his third concert in three years, Dan Bern, a prolific songwriter and outstanding performer, will appear at the ICE Amphitheater in Islamorada Founders Park, MM 87. The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. “There’s a reason why those who have seen Dan Bern perform once want to […]

#News: Keys Coral Restoration Expert Named Disney Conservation Hero

#News: Keys Coral Restoration Expert Named Disney Conservation Hero

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has named Ken Nedimyer, founder of Key Largo–based Coral Restoration Foundation, a Disney Conservation Hero for his pioneering efforts to develop techniques to preserve coral reefs and motivate public assistance that attracts environmentally conscious vacationers. The honor recognizes citizens for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and educate […]