Charlotte Twine

Charlotte Twine fled her New York City corporate publishing life and happily moved to the Keys six years ago. She has written for Travel + Leisure, Allure, and Offshore magazines; Elle.com; and the Florida Keys Free Press. She loves her two elderly Pomeranians, writing stories that uplift and inspire, making children laugh, the color pink, tattoos, Johnny Cash, and her husband. Though not necessarily in that order.

Keys native’s favorite artwork on display at Ocean Sotheby’s gallery

Last week, artist Taylor Hale showed a visitor around his solo exhibition at Ocean Sotheby’s in Islamorada. The space is white and light-filled, and his large, stark, vibrant turquoise oil paintings of the Florida Keys sky brightened the room further.  He pointed out a rendition of a mangrove tree called...

QUARAN-TUNE: LOCAL SINGER SPENDS QUARANTINE CREATING ORIGINAL MUSIC

Last Saturday at Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo, Adrienne Z sang and played her guitar in the corner of the outdoor deck of the bar-restaurant area. It was the evening of Jan. 1, 2021, and stray fireworks popped and sparkled every now and then behind her as the...

Tattoo artist reflects on 2020

Editor’s note: A coronavirus pandemic that saw some of the first cases in the Keys in March changed life in ways no one could have imagined. A checkpoint kept visitors away from the island chain for a time, affecting many jobs, from servers to hoteliers. Policies were changed to...

UPPER KEYS CAPTAIN REFLECTS ON THE 2020 YEAR

Editor’s note: A coronavirus pandemic that saw some of the first cases in the Keys in March changed life in ways no one could have imagined. A checkpoint kept visitors away from the island chain for a time, affecting many jobs, from servers to hoteliers. Policies were changed to...

FUN RIDE SUPPORTS TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

Last Saturday morning, biker Bobby McDaniel was walking with a spring in his step. He was a participant in the 2020 poker run for Florida Keys Toys for Tots, and he had just picked up his cards at the starting point for the event in Layton at Florida Boy...

Retired counselor looks back at 2020

Editor’s note: A coronavirus pandemic that saw some of the first cases in the Keys in March changed life in ways no one could have imagined. A checkpoint kept visitors away from the island chain for a time, affecting many jobs, from servers to hoteliers. Policies were changed to...

ISLAMORADA CHRISTMAS TREE GETS A LITTLE HELP FROM COMMUNITY

On Nov. 27, Jessica Shepard and Tom “TJ” Paul Jr., along with their son, Bradley, finally reached Islamorada for their working vacation to run their annual Christmas tree stand. They had a semi-truck full of hundreds of trees from the family’s large nursery business in Michigan, and they had...

UPPER KEYS WOMAN TALKS PREGNANCY DURING COVID

Describe the year 2020 in one word. Challenging. What was your worst moment of 2020? It was all so stressful to deliver during COVID. There’s this added stress that (the hospital tests) you do before you go to deliver. If the mom tests positive, then the dad can’t be with...

Islamorada girl harvests honey for college fund, gets true buzz from learning

Last week, 11-year-old Sofia Figueredo stood at a table in her family’s kitchen, harvesting the honey from the beehives on their Islamorada property. Her mother, Elizabeth Jolin, was by her side, ready to help.  With a hot knife, Sofia gingerly scraped honey and wax from a wooden frame taken from...

ISLAMORADA FISHERMAN LOOKS BACK AT 2020

Editor’s note: A coronavirus pandemic that saw some of the first cases in the Keys in March changed life in a way no one could have imagined. A checkpoint kept visitors away from the island chain for a time, affecting many jobs, from servers to hoteliers. Policies were changed...

UPPER KEYS VETERAN GETS PARADE FOR 98TH

Perhaps you have seen a drive-by birthday party in your neighborhood during this pandemic era of the Keys: a line of cars with hand-painted signs and cheering passengers sticking out from the windows, all “socially distant” from the guest of honor, who is usually in front of their home.  But...

UPPER KEYS WAITRESS LOOKS BACK ON 2020

Editor’s note: A coronavirus pandemic that saw some of the first cases in the Keys in March changed life in a way no one ever could have imagined. A checkpoint kept visitors away from the island chain for a time that affected many jobs from servers to hoteliers. Policies...

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