Middle Keys

The worm hatch was less than spectacular this year

The worm hatch was less than spectacular this year

A lot has happened in the flats fishing world – on and off the water – in recent weeks.  The heavily anticipated palolo worm hatch was mostly a bust this year.  These unique reddish sea worms inhabit sponges and marl banks.  On a special day, the worm breaks in two: an “atoke” (the asexual half) […]

When the Media Gets it Wrong… …and why it matters.

When the Media Gets it Wrong… …and why it matters.

I used to have a great deal of respect for Jim DeFede. For those who missed the “investigative” report he filed on Miami CBS affiliate WFOR, a story about our local alleged murder-for-hire incident became a hatchet job on our entire community. DeFede’s report became nothing but a vehicle for rumor, innuendo, and sleaze peddling, […]

Big silver ladies still cruising the Florida Keys

Big silver ladies still cruising the Florida Keys

And it ain’t over yet: worm hatch coming soon to an ocean near you It’s been a good month for the ladies. Big girls, clad in silver scales, are cruising transparent warm ocean waters attended by their ardent, smaller suitors. Some dancing is going on too: a string of green backed tarpon will start circling […]

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

All three Keys high schools were ranked in the recent Washington Post’s challenge report. Created by journalist Jay Matthews, the paper ranks the schools according to the difficulty of the classes offered divided by the number of graduating students. In the Florida rankings, Marathon High School was No. 53, Coral Shores was No. 101 and […]

Seventh Marathon triathlon set for May

Seventh Marathon triathlon set for May

The seventh triathlon and biathlon — hosted by MaraTri — has been scheduled for Saturday, May 25. The family friendly event is a fundraiser for Marathon High School athletic teams. “MaraTri is dedicated to bringing back the spirit of individual and team sports by offering a local race that’s both challenging and fun, uniting the […]

Giant ‘skeeter’ concerns loom for Keys bug board

Giant ‘skeeter’ concerns loom for Keys bug board

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control is warning of a serious public health threat — namely the arrival of a new strain of mosquitos migrating from South America (Frito foolopictus) that is the size of a juvenile double-breasted cormorant and equally as dangerous. “We are blaming this threat on Tallahassee,” said Commissioner Stephen Smith. “They think […]

Price likes giving back to the community.

Price likes giving back to the community.

Rachel Price’s first foray into volunteerism came with teaching ballroom dancing to school age children. “I went into it thinking ‘I can’t do this,’ and in the end came to realize that it was the most rewarding thing I had ever done,” she said. It was a tiny leap of faith from there, Rachel said, […]

KAIR numbers keep climbing

KAIR numbers keep climbing

On average, KAIR serves about 45 people a day and distributes about 12,000 pounds of food a month. Think about that number: 12,000 pounds. That’s about 400 pounds a day, give or take, walking out in the hands of someone who needs it from the administration’s office located in the rear of the Marathon Community […]