In Their Own Words

Chasing Cortland: The 100-mile journey

With months of physical training and mental preparation, nothing can make the heat of the Seven Mile Bridge at 4 p.m. on a May afternoon bearable. Nothing....

Dare I say it? Key West needs a community center

I get it. Affordable housing is our top priority in Key West. So what I’m about to do may be considered taboo, or even blasphemous in some...

The future’s too bright (wear shades)

In the Florida Keys, sunglasses are a fashion accessory worn daily. And you can never have too many pairs. All that wear makes them easy to lose,...

The Colorful Commish in pain no more

Tom Oosterhoudt passed away on April 1 A year and a half ago, I sat in Tom Oosterhoudt’s home office, surrounded by 200 framed pictures of him and...

Dear Santa: Poinciana Elementary Third Graders

Mrs. Curry 3rd Grade Dear Santa, I want an Xbox 1 for Christmas because I enjoy playing games. At home and at school I have been very good. Amy...

3D printing comes to the Keys

Libraries show off borrowed printers If you’re a geek like me, you’ve spent at least a couple of minutes marveling over the abilities of 3D printers. They are...

Do you know Hendry?

He has a charming smile, long ponytail and a razor-sharp memory Although Hendry Budi, 35, has the local popularity equivalent to rocker Adam Levine, he only recently popped...

Having a lunch conversation with myself

Doppelgängers— an apparition or double of a living person. Last week I headed to Los Angeles with a checklist of tasks to complete. At the top of the...

Swimming around Key West … is much easier for the kayaker

Editor’s note: Kristen Livengood has a wicked bucket list. Last weekend she checked off another box: kayaking around Key West, guiding a California swimmer participating in the...

Keys go to Tallahassee

Keys officials learn, lobby in the capitol Daniel Samess - CEO, Marathon Chamber of Commerce “Getting in front of the department heads and legislators that help make decision on...