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The tarpon are here! – Boat traffic and competition creates the need for peaceful coexistence

The tarpon are here! – Boat traffic and competition creates the need for peaceful coexistence

The tarpon are here in full force. After weeks of fits and starts, the silver kings finally moved into the bridges in big numbers and began swimming the Oceanside in mid-April. In fact, April 15 was a bittersweet day for me: after filing a painful tax return, I salved my wounds by catching my first […]

Marathon son takes No. 2 spot at substation – Lt. Derek Paul puts the fun in serious business

Marathon son takes No. 2 spot at substation – Lt. Derek Paul puts the fun in serious business

Monroe County Sheriff Office’s Lt. Derek Paul is home again. After 17 years as a law enforcement officer, the Marathon native is once again serving in his hometown and had been promoted into the No. 2 slot, as Key Vaca Substation Commander, to replace retiring Capt. Bruce Winegarden. “It’s nice to be back — very, […]

Permit now, tarpon soon – Hook a permit now before spawning season sends them deeper

Permit now, tarpon soon – Hook a permit now before spawning season sends them deeper

Spring break has arrived — for Keys flats anglers. While our northern brethren continue to shiver, dig snow, and scrape ice, warm days and light winds starting in mid-February brought out the tarpon, permit, and bonefish. And barring any major cold fronts, the fish appear here to stay. Once Florida Bay and Gulf water temperatures […]

Assistant fire marshal devoted to Marathon – Geaneas defines community service

Assistant fire marshal devoted to Marathon – Geaneas defines community service

Lt. Adam Geaneas, 31, is a quiet guy. Ask Marathon’s Assistant Fire Marshal a question and he’ll tilt his head thoughtfully and answer in a low voice. His low-key demeanor masks a huge drive and generous spirit. “He’s very dedicated. He has a big heart for both the city and the department,” said Fire Chief […]

Dem Boys

Dem Boys

Captain Skip Bradeen, left, is animated as he speaks during the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series in Islamorada Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, with other presenters, from left to right, including Jimmy Gagliardini, Fox NFL Sunday anaylist and avid Keys angler Jimmy Johnson, Brittney Novalsky and seminar host George Poveromo. More than 500 attendees got […]

Write-ups in travel magazines or newspaper sections usually means good news – Some reviews are less than flattering, others skip us all together

Write-ups in travel magazines or newspaper sections usually means good news – Some reviews are less than flattering, others skip us all together

Sometimes, you just can’t catch a break. The Fabulous Florida Keys were featured in a couple of big travel-oriented publications recently. When a destination gets written up in Conde Nast Traveler or the Travel section of the Miami Herald, it’s usually a good thing for the destination. Sadly, the recent media coverage did little to […]

Want a thrill? Try catching a shark or sailfish on a fly rod – Bait-and-switch techniques will bring them boatside

Want a thrill? Try catching a shark or sailfish on a fly rod – Bait-and-switch techniques will bring them boatside

Toothy critters and those with long bills are on tap for light tackle and fly rod anglers. Chill winds and cool waters put a damper on traditional flats fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon.  But who cares when there are chances to chase sporty blacktip sharks or sailfish.  The sharks, averaging 40 to 80 pounds […]

Reflections of a year from the musings of a curmudgeonly writer

Reflections of a year from the musings of a curmudgeonly writer

The year 2013, which seems as if it has just begun, is now set to disappear into the mists of the past. As far as years go, it wasn’t the worst (no tropical events), but it wasn’t the best (no Mega Millions winning ticket). We won some (the Old Seven Mile Bridge) and we lost […]

City turns down proposal to add two cabs for disabled – Commissioners ruled Five 6’s couldn’t change licenses

City turns down proposal to add two cabs for disabled – Commissioners ruled Five 6’s couldn’t change licenses

The plan for Five 6’s taxi company to switch two of its private-hire passenger van licenses for two regular cab licenses was nixed by Key West City Commissioners at its most recent meeting. Only Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioner Jimmy Weekley supported the measure. “There are other solutions than taking CVH licenses that are worthless […]

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