Key Largo

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Key Largo resident sends locals on all kinds of trips Key Largo’s Ilja Chapman grew up in the Netherlands not far from Amsterdam. But just because she was born there, didn’t mean she was staying. After graduating college, Chapman made her first adventure to the South American country of Ecuador. She lived deep in the […]

Flavor at Pilot House

Flavor at Pilot House

Chef’s fare: simplicity By Theresa Java There’s a new head chef at Pilot House, Luigi Maestri. Compared to most stereotypical restaurant chefs, he’s a little different —soft-spoken, unassuming and seemingly relaxed. Maestri joined Mark Charles at the Pilot House two months ago bringing his 15 years experience and skill to the kitchen. Originally from Colombia, […]

Parrot Sanctuary

Parrot Sanctuary

 Local woman plans to make home for unwanted pets By Theresa Java Jenifer Dermer envisions a place where parrots fly, forage for food and bathe. They flock together and socialize and they’re happy. Dermer dreams of a parrot sanctuary, a place for all unwanted and neglected parrots in Key Largo. Last week, the county permit […]

#Events: Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Keys Marine Sanctuary

#Events: Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Keys Marine Sanctuary

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys – A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jolly jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday about six miles off Key Largo. Underwater artists of all ages submerged with knives to pare fun-loving facial features, sea […]

#Staycation: Top 9 Hotels from Key Largo to Key West

Nothing says “staycation” like abandoned the routine of home, without the cost of traveling too far. On the following pages find a list of three resorts from each geographical area of the Keys. They range from the big, luxury type resorts — with many amenities for day trippers — to small and mom-and-pop places that […]

Neighbors, smoking crack together, have dispute involving machete

Neighbors, smoking crack together, have dispute involving machete

Key Largo – A couple who was smoking crack with a neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office after the neighbor started swinging a machete at them. Deputies responded to Point Pleasant Drive in Key Largo at 11:15 p.m. to reports someone was swinging a machete at people. When they arrived, they found a couple who said […]

A guide to the local wildlife that doesn’t hang out in bars – Dangerous animals range from accident-causing herons to stinging scorpions

A guide to the local wildlife that doesn’t hang out in bars – Dangerous animals range from accident-causing herons to stinging scorpions

Visitors to our islands often notice that the various types of wildlife that inhabit these coral rocks are different that the species they have at home. No kidding. In that spirit, we here at Keys Disease Central are proud to present The Complete Imbecile’s Guide to Keys Critters. No guide like this would be worth […]

You Don’t Know Jack! – Jack Smith takes us through the soundproof studio into the life of a radio personality

You Don’t Know Jack! – Jack Smith takes us through the soundproof studio into the life of a radio personality

For many Key West residents, their mornings begin with the same routine. Coffee is brewed, an incredible sunrise paints the sky, and the smooth didactic waves of Jack Smith’s voice greet the thousands of listeners who tune into Pirate Radio each morning. Jack Smith is the prodigal son of Key West radio celebrities. He is […]

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