Middle Keys

#News: Citizens, Realtors attend vacation rental workshop

#News: Citizens, Realtors attend vacation rental workshop

Vacation rentals are becoming a contentious issue in Marathon. The crowd at the Marathon Fire House station filled the seats for the Wednesday workshop with the Marathon City Council. Many of the spectators were disgruntled that it will be difficult to make meaningful changes to Marathon’s ordinance without running afoul of the state. Currently, Marathon’s […]

#Celebrate: Happy Birthday, Marathon!

#Celebrate: Happy Birthday, Marathon!

Before Marathon ever incorporated, there was 25 months of hard work that went from turning a vision into a functioning city. Residents involved in the process had many reasons for wanting to strike out on their own, but the most common held belief was that becoming a city would give the residents of the Keys […]

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

There is a lot of variety in the waters off the Middle Keys: mangrove snappers, yellow-tail snappers, mutton snappers, groupers, dolphin, sailfish, tuna and tarpon. (If you’re visiting, now is the time to hook-up with a local charter captain and experience some of the great fishing Marathon has to offer.) For consistent rod-bending action this […]

It takes some doin’, but the tuna are there – Charters are way out and fishing deep to catch blackfins and skips

It takes some doin’, but the tuna are there – Charters are way out and fishing deep to catch blackfins and skips

Offshore, the dolphin (mahi mahi) have been scattered, but I have had some reports from fellow charter captains that there were a few quality fish in the 20- to 30-pound class out in the blue. Captain James Simcic of Spearcrazy Fishing Charters had to travel quite a ways to find his fish, but he was […]

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 […]

Bernard Spinrad: the man who saved history – Marathon resident helped rally citizens to ‘Save Old Seven’

Bernard Spinrad: the man who saved history – Marathon resident helped rally citizens to ‘Save Old Seven’

Bernard Spinrad is not unlike other retirees living in the Keys. He belongs to the Yacht Club and enjoys sipping wine with his wife of nearly 50 years, Marien. However, there are not too many who can say they orchestrated a $75 million deal to rehabilitate and restore the historic 7 Mile Bridge. When given […]

Spread out your baits to find the kingfish – ‘Smokers’ are thrilling fish to catch on light tackle

Spread out your baits to find the kingfish – ‘Smokers’ are thrilling fish to catch on light tackle

Finally, the winds have died down and we‘ve gotten some nice chilly winter weather. Hopefully you’ve gotten the chance to head out on the water over the past few days, because it has been gorgeous! The seas are flat and the water clarity is unbelievable. Areas that rarely have good visibility, have been crystal clear. […]

If the problem is a big toothy fish, the solution is a wire leader – Get the kingfish, wahoo and mackerel all the way to the boat

If the problem is a big toothy fish, the solution is a wire leader – Get the kingfish, wahoo and mackerel all the way to the boat

If you live in the Florida Keys, or are a frequent visitor, you know that the fishing forecast can be extremely unpredictable in the winter months. One day it’s flat calm with 2- to 3-foot seas offshore, and the next day the wind may be blowing 25 knots, ruining any chance of heading out in […]

Wounded Warriors to travel though Keys – Returning soldiers rehab on unique cycle trip through the Keys

Wounded Warriors to travel though Keys – Returning soldiers rehab on unique cycle trip through the Keys

On paper the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride is a straight course, a line on a map, for former soldiers to follow from point A to point B. Next weekend from Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12, a group of 50 soldiers and 30 support personnel will follow that line from Miami to Key West […]

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