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KEYS HISTORY: THE ALBURYS & AN OLD CONCH HOME

The Reef Environmental and Education Foundation (REEF) invited me to give a talk for their “Fish and Friends” lecture series. A talk about the local history is...
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KEYS HISTORY: FOR BETTER OF WORSE, CRAWFISH CATCHING FOREVER CHANGED IN 1975

The Dry Tortugas were once fair game when it came time to hunt spiny lobster.  In a newspaper article published in the Naples Daily News on Aug. 3,...
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MARATHON CITY STAFF TO OVERSEE THREE PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS FOR LOBSTER SPORT SEASON

The city of Marathon is gearing up for the three lobster sport days in 2024. Yes, three days. By order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, there will be...
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UNLEASHED DOGS, BATHING IN PUBLIC & PROSTITUTION IN KEY WEST CAME WITH MONETARY FINES...

In 1829, Monroe County lines stretched from Key West, the county seat, north to Lake Okeechobee and west to Port Charlotte (Charlotte Harbor between Fort Myers and...
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WILD THINGS: SHORT-TAILS & SHORT WALKS

I was walking my dog through the Meadows, thinking some very non-specific thoughts, when I heard the screaming. I had my suspicions about the source, but wanted...
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‘THE U’ AT THE OCEAN VIEW: UM SPORTS HALL OF FAME FISHING TOURNAMENT RETURNS 

Islamorada’s Ocean View Inn & Sports Bar welcomed a large contingent of Miami Hurricane fans for a welcome party and meet-and-greet with some UM Sports Hall of...
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KEYS HISTORY: BLIND FAITH, BIRTHDAYS & HURRICANE HAM

The only way I could have arrived in Florida the way I did and accomplished what I have so far is blind faith. The thing about trusting...
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ARMY’S 10TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP WINS COMBAT DIVER CONTEST

The Army’s Special Forces Underwater Operations School at Fleming Key hosted the second annual Best Combat Diver Competition June 10-12. But before the grueling competition among the...
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KEYS HISTORY: ‘WRESTLING ALLIGATORS’ & PICKLES REEF PIQUES INTEREST

I attended graduate school in my 30s. It was a vastly different experience than what I expected, but managing expectations has been a long-standing effort. I did...
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WILD THINGS: THE ROADS LESS TRAVELED

A small flock of magnificent frigatebirds chasing each other just above the power lines next to the Key West Golf Course was the first species of the...

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