OXITEC’S GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITO RELEASE ENTERS NEW PHASE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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Another round of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys.  Oxitec and Florida Key Mosquito Control District announced a new phase of the project (“Pilot...

MOSQUITO MADNESS: TROPICAL WEATHER IN JUNE CREATED A PERFECT BREEDING GROUND

Every day, mosquito control field inspector Ryan Rodriguez literally invites mosquitoes to settle down on him so he can conduct what is called a landing rate count....

DESANTIS VETOES CONTROVERSIAL WATER SUPPLY BILL

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Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a Senate bill that would have changed the equitable distribution of water from Lake Okeechobee south to the Everglades and Florida Bay. During a...

KEEP KEY WEST BEAUTIFUL

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One hour a week makes a huge difference, and volunteers are always welcome every Friday morning, when teams clean up a designated area of the island. The volunteer...

GOLIATH GROUPER HARVEST SEASON BEGINNING IN 2023, BUT KEYS LARGELY REMAIN OFF LIMITS

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Harvesting of goliath grouper will be allowed in state waters, albeit on a limited, regulated basis, beginning in spring 2023. While much of the Keys remains off...

“ALL KIDS ARE SEAWORTHY”

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Mangroves. Seagrass. Sponges. Coral. And don’t even get us started on the fish, turtles, dolphins, lobster and other underwater animals.  They’re all vital marine resources and they’re all...

WATER WARS: PROPOSED BILL THREATENS EVERGLADES RESTORATION, OPPONENTS SAY

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A petition has more than 37,400 signatures against a Senate bill that, opponents say, poses a threat to more clean water flows south to the Everglades. The...

$20M PROPOSED FOR KEYS STEWARDSHIP ACT BY STATE HOUSE & SENATE

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Full funding for the Florida Keys Stewardship Act appears to be on a better track than in prior years in Tallahassee.  On Wednesday, the Florida House and Senate’s...

WILD THINGS: ELLEN & THE PELICAN

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Ellen Westbrook and I were riding our bikes around the edge of Old Town, along the water, counting every damn bird we saw – every mockingbird, every...

DESERT ISLAND: BALLAST KEY IS A SANCTUARY WORTH SAVING

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If I want to cut to the chase when telling someone about Ballast Key, I drop the fact that it was once on the market for $15.8...