FLORIDA LAWMAKERS ASK NAVY TO TURN DAMAGED SHIP INTO REEF, NOT RAZOR BLADES

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A U.S. Navy ship that was heavily damaged by fire in July 2020 could either be scrapped for its metal or sunk as an artificial reef off...

BLACK SCUBA DIVERS UNCOVER KEYS SHIPWRECKS TO HEAL SLAVERY’S WOUNDS

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Sometimes you have to step back in order to move forward.  Ken Stewart, co-founder of Diving with a Purpose (DWP), takes this popular adage literally, but with an...

STATE REP SPONSORS SWIM SAFETY BILL

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A bill co-sponsored by Republican state Rep. Jim Mooney looks to tackle one of the leading causes of death among children ages 1-4 in Florida — drowning.  Filed Feb....

Swings turn to sails, and a little coaching, for former MLB player

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Former major league first baseman, Islamorada resident and captain, Doug Mientkiewicz remembers the days riding with his dad to his office next to the Tom Thumb in...

A dead whale washed up in the Everglades. Turns out, it’s a new species...

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In January 2019, a 38-foot, 30-ton whale washed up on Sandy Key in the Everglades. I happened to be camping at Flamingo, by chance, and ran over...

FLORIDA’S FLAGSHIP FALTERS: GROUP STRUGGLES TO SAVE SCHOONER WESTERN UNION

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The once stately schooner Western Union, flagship of Key West and the state of Florida, is an unrecognizable shell of her former self, nearly indistinguishable from the...

‘Unlikely Bedfellows’ — The NFL’S groundbreaking coral collaboration for Super Bowl LV

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“Unlikely bedfellows.” That’s how Jim Ritterhoff, executive director of Force Blue, described the coming together of military veterans, the National Football League (NFL), coral scientists, government and...

TACKLE CENTER WINS SAILFISH CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

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Local Capt. Charlie Scoble is back in the saddle again. It was a tight battle during the series that started with the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, which led...

BOAT SHOW AT HAWKS CAY SET FOR JAN. 22

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Island Community Church will be holding the 2021 Island Boat Show Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24 at the Hawks Cay Resort & Marina at Duck Key, MM 61. This...

ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE FLEET HELD AT WHALE HARBOR

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A fleet of boats took to Whale Harbor at MM 84, oceanside, in Islamorada for the annual Blessing of the Fleet on New Year’s Day. Sponsored by...