Kristen Livengood

Kristen Livengood is a Marathon High School and University of South Florida grad, mom of two beautiful little girls, and wife to some cute guy she met in a bar. She enjoys red wine, Tito's, Jameson, running (very, very slowly), and spearfishing.

30 minutes to a better you – Dante Harper opens Flex Key West

You can’t afford to not be healthy: that’s one of the mottos Flex owner Dante Harper lives by. As a trainer in Key West for the past seven years, Harper opened Flex to help his clients grow and see the results they desire.  “You got this,” “let's do this,” "you...

Sawdust is really man-glitter – Key Wester’s hobby grows locally

Doug Helliesen was born into woodworking. With a long line of shipbuilders in his history, he was drawn to pieces of wood on the side of the road or things people were throwing away when he would be on his walks home in Key West at 8 years old.  His...

Sayer named CEO of Keys Federal Credit Union

Its official. Keys Federal Credit Union has tapped Maggie Coleman-Sayer as the new Chief Executive Officer. “I am truly honored, our group of employees have accomplished a lot,” she said. “I am excited to keep the momentum going.” Sayer is a Marathon resident who graduated from Marathon High School. She...

‘CAPTAIN MORGAN’ KEEPS BUSY

For someone who is semi-retired, Doug Morgan is a busy man. He usually spends his mornings at the gym, watches over a couple properties, runs boats in the afternoon and spends his evenings enjoying a good cigar. Originally from Long Island, Morgan majored in criminal justice and wrestled in...

Love Struck in Key West

With about 500 Key West weddings a year under her belt, Lorri Bolander of Key West Hair and Makeup decided to grow her business. Beside her Simonton Street home base, where she mixes custom foundations for local ladies and does bridal trial runs in house, she recently opened Love...

There’s good news

“You probably have heard enough about hurricanes,” but on Monday, Mote Marine’s Dr. David Vaughn told the volunteers of Save-a-Turtle what is happening underwater. “You can’t see it from the side of the road,” he said. The visibility was horrendous for weeks after the storm, making it difficult even to...

Everything comes around …

Who knew China used to take about 75 percent of America’s recycling? They didn’t care if it was dirty, or discolored or if the pizza grease was still in the bottom of the cardboard box. But, now things are changing. Recycling is a commodity — just like wheat, oil, iron,...

Need a tribe?

Jessica and Michelle share a passion for fitness. The Spottswood sisters-in-law met each other eight years ago. Now, five kids between the two later, they are growing their tribe a different way. Their 5,000-square-foot modern industrial space is coming along after Hurricane Irma permitting delays. “Find Your Tribe,” a yoga,...

Hurricane Tracker Rothwell’s radar

When Chris Rothwell was barely a teenager, his spark for meteorology was jump started when Hurricane Andrew passed by his southwest Florida home in 1992. “It was quite the experience,” said the forecaster at the Keys West campus of the National Weather Service. Rothwell was holed up in Corpus...

Key West High School teacher Mr. Kremer School’s Out Forever…

Gregory Kremer spent Tuesday morning teaching his last week of class at Key West High School. The soon-to-be retired teacher visited Key West in June 1987 and met Mr. Tommy Roberts and the rest is history. “His spirit and enthusiasm for Key West High School was so impressive that...

House Hunting? The market vs. Irma.

The Florida Keys real estate market has momentum after Hurricane Irma.  “Everyone thought we were going to have a ton of distressed properties,” said David Grego, president of the Middle and Lower Keys Real Estate Association. “The truth is, whatever was available got bought up pretty quickly.” The same sentiment is...

Milagros means ‘Miracle’ – New Big Pine Key restaurant getting rave reviews

Milagros, a new restaurant that opened after the dust of Hurricane Irma settled, is getting rave reviews on social media from locals who have tried the Spanish-inspired menu.  New regulars at the Big Pine Key restaurant, Lisa and Kevin, said they tread lightly when something new opens in the area....