In Their Own Words

First time for everything

First time for everything

Newbie takes on paddleboarding [Editor’s note: This summer the Keys Weekly team is focusing on what we are loosely billing as “summer adventures.” The stories will publish every week. Some are pretty straightforward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.”] A quick phone call […]

Commercial fishing for beginners

Commercial fishing for beginners

SUMMER ADVENTURE SERIES [Editor’s note: This summer the Keys Weekly team is focusing on what we are loosely billing as “summer adventures.” The stories will publish every week. Some are pretty straight forward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.” And then, there’s this […]

The Weekly Goes to Washington

The Weekly Goes to Washington

A visit with U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo Typically I catch up with our U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo in warmer conditions, but last Friday I had the opportunity to drop in (literally) on the young U.S. Representative during session at our nation’s capital.    As the temperatures outside a snow-covered D.C. were teetering below freezing, the bowels […]

In memory: Jessica Lynn Irwin

In memory: Jessica Lynn Irwin

August 11, 1984 – March 11, 2017 Yesterday I wrote the hardest 135 words of my life – my best friend’s obituary. Today isn’t any easier. It all began in the front row in Ms. Young’s fourth grade class. She was a tiny blonde, too talkative, free spirit sitting right next to the goodie-goodie-cried-when-she-forgot-her-homework me. […]

Opinion: The People’s Amphitheater

Opinion: The People’s Amphitheater

The idea of an amphitheater as a component of the Truman Waterfront Park has been in place since the original Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC) Plan approved in 1998. On May 1, 1999 (Resolution 99-151) the city voted to apply to the U.S. Department of Interior for a public benefit conveyance, which included backup […]

Celebrating the Holidays in Style

Celebrating the Holidays in Style

By Leah Maki Tis the season for cookie baking, tree decorating, and Christmas caroling. It’s also the season for party planning, menu prepping, and celebrating. There is no better time of year for getting together with friends and family while counting your many blessings. To help you get into the holiday spirit, I’ve prepared a […]

No crown, no problem

No crown, no problem

$368,330 raised in eight weeks by four candidates This crazy eight-week journey started over a couple of beers at trivia night when Jeremy Wilkerson said a second candidate hadn’t signed up to run for Fantasy Fest Queen, something that has never happened. The candidates raise money for AIDS Help. Somehow, a few beers later, I […]

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, […]

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