Tiffany Duong

Tiff Duong is a self-made mermaid who loves all things cheesy (romantic and dairy) and thrives in the 3 am hour. She believes in leaving it all on the field and has never met a (mis)adventure she didn't love.

DWP & NOAA DECIPHER THE HISTORY OF A LOCAL SHIPWRECK IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

“If you look at this as just a wreck to dive on, you’re missing the whole story,” said Kamau Sadiki. “Each of these vessels has a powerful and tremendous story to tell, and the only way to tell it is to interrogate it, investigate it, sense it and feel...

250-LB ENDANGERED LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE STRUCK & KILLED ON US 1.

“This is horrific.” Bette Zirkelbach, the manager of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, could not hide her frustration, disappointment and sadness. An endangered adult loggerhead sea turtle had come out of the ocean to nest on Sea Oats Beach. Unfortunately, the female turtle was hit and killed while crossing U.S....

WORLD OCEANS DAY: HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED ATTENDING THE UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT

The ocean matters.  Obviously, living here in the Florida Keys, we know this. In fact, the importance of our local environment is one of the things that most everyone – regardless of political leanings and beliefs – knows to be true.  I didn’t have to go to New York City for...

WAVES OF CHANGE: EMMA HAYDOCY TAKES ON NEW SURFRIDER LEADERSHIP ROLE

In the Upper Keys, people have come to associate Emma Haydocy’s name with environmental protection. Serving as Florida Bay Forever’s first full-time executive director since February 2020 (after joining the organization in 2019 as support staff), she catapulted the organization to new levels of influence and impact. Now, she...

GETTING THE WATER RIGHT: SFWMD BOARD RECEIVES WARM RECEPTION IN FLORIDA KEYS

“Here in Islamorada, we’re situated at the edge of Florida Bay,” said Kelly Cox, director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, to a record crowd. “Hopefully, we’ll also be the beneficiary of Everglades restoration.” Cox, a resident of Tavernier, was among many to welcome the South Florida Water Management District...

SINKING THE SPIEGEL: 20 YEAR CELEBRATION

On May 17, 2002, the USS Spiegel Grove sank in the Florida Keys. While her journey to the bottom of the sea was carefully planned, the ship surprised everyone involved by sinking early, "turning turtle” and landing on her side. Three years later, powerful waves and energy from Hurricane...

WOMEN OF THE WILD: WHY YOU’VE GOT TO SIGN UP FOR ‘ADULT GIRL SCOUTS CAMP’

“It’s basically adult girl scout camp. You’re gonna love it.” While we sat around her firepit, Kelly Cox excitedly told me about a statewide outdoors workshop run by Florida FWC and sent me the link to sign up. Cox heads up Everglades policy for Florida Audubon. She’s also a dear...

FULL MOON YOGA COLLABORATION BRINGS HOPE FOR CORAL REEFS

Beneath the light of the full moon, magic sometimes happens. This is especially true on coral reefs, where, once a year, the lunar luminance causes corals to spawn. This is the basis of life in our Florida Keys ecosystem and an important, natural regeneration process. Now, the Coral Restoration...

WORLDWIDE SPORTSMAN DONATES $25K TO I.CARE CORAL RESTORATION

“Everyone here relies on coral reefs for jobs and tourism and all of it. We know it’s important.” This is what Scott Liebert, the general manager of Islamorada’s WorldWide Sportsman, told the Weekly about why his store is proud to be donating $25,000 to I.CARE.  The latter is a local coral...

FULL MOON YOGA COLLABORATION BRINGS HOPE FOR CORAL REEFS

Beneath the light of the full moon, magic sometimes happens. This is especially true on coral reefs, where, once a year, the lunar luminance causes corals to spawn. This is the basis of life in our Florida Keys ecosystem and an important, natural regeneration process. Now, the Coral Restoration...

HOGFISH/GROUPER OPENER FISHING TOURNAMENT HONORS LOST CAPTAIN

May 1 marks the opening of hogfish and grouper fishing season here in the Florida Keys. For the last two years, it’s also been the date of the Jeff Leonia Reel & Steel Classic, a fishing tournament dedicated to a local captain lost too soon.  Leonia grew up on Marco...

I.CARE SECURES FUNDING TO TAKE LOCALS CORAL PLANTING FOR FREE

I.CARE – Islamorada’s coral restoration program run out of Bud ‘N Mary’s Marina – has exciting news for local divers. Thanks to new funding, you can come learn about current coral planting efforts and dive for free. Funding for the locals dive program is made possible through partnership with Mote...