Blair Shiver

Peaceful way to end the week

As we approached the narrow entrance, the clicking of disassembled paddles echoed over Whiskey Creek. Chatter amongst a family from Georgia and a group of friends from Wisconsin slowly dwindled as the group of seven kayaks proceeded in a single file line into the twisting, tangled mangrove trees comprising the...

Key West Botanical Garden making Easter educational

Migration Mania events begin next weekend Keeping an eye out for migratory species flying and flitting over the Keys may be, well, for the birds for lots of kids. The mention of birding immediately conjures the image of wind-brimmed hats and super-strength binoculars. So three years ago, when Leyla Nedin joined the...

Whitefly situation improving

Since 2009 when the first report of a whitefly surfaced in Miami-Dade County, the epidemic has spread across the islands of Monroe County and left residents and homeowners scratching the heads for a solution. Tuesday evening, during the Marathon City Council meeting, county extension agent Kim Gabel presented the council...

Surfers at Sombrero Beach?

Unless a hurricane is rolling in offshore or a boat’s just blasted by, Florida Keys beaches are rarely sought out for surfing. But a lack of waves is no problem at all for a group of Deerfield Beach surfers who decided in 2007 to form a non-profit to introduce young riders to the sport.

Keys Cable opens in Marathon

Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada has expanded to offer an "adrenaline-fueled adventure park" at Keys Cable in Marathon.

New manager on duty

A long-time familiar face at Grassy Key’s Dolphin Research Center, former facilities director Bette Zirkelbach has joined the team at The Turtle Hospital.

Philanthropic pilot still on the move

Despite unstable economic conditions that brought Big Pine Key resident Jeff Bennett out of retirement, the volunteer pilot is still finding time in his schedule to help rescue furry, feathered and slithery animals across the country.

Switlik students rally to Save Old Seven

Stanley Switlik Elementary school students recently explained through an essay and art contest why preserving the Old Seven Mile Bridge is so important for the community and future generations.

6th Annual Sombrero Beach Run 5K Run/Walk

Over 600 Runners from across the country joined in two races Saturday morning, a 10K starting at 8 am and a 5K Run/Walk following at 9:15. Over 50 runners took the 15K Challenge and ran both events. The 15K Challenge was scored by adding the times of both the 10K...

Ocean Garden brings nautical dreams to life

Seashell shops line the Florida Keys and entice tourists from around the globe to take home a trinket from their travels. Though souvenir shells are available for a few cents at one of Islamorada’s newest retailers, Ocean Gardens and Gifts is probably one of the only places you’d find one-of-a-kind...

Student down to the wire on graduation requirements

Savannah Ackles is an aspiring photographer preparing to graduate Coral Shores High School in June. Her shaggy red hair is in no way indicative of her temperament. “I just like being different,” she said quietly over her meal on the deck of Lorelei. Ackles moved to the Keys three years ago...

Main Attraction takes Leon Shell title

Warmer water temperatures combined with a wicked forecast for windy weekend conditions made sail fish hookups during the 14th Annual Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament particularly challenging, but the 14th annual event still raised $15,000 for Florida Keys Hospice and Visiting Nurses Association.