KEYS HISTORY: BROWN ANOLES & CURLY-TAILED LIZARDS AMONG OTHER INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE FLORIDA...

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I grew up fascinated by all things that slithered, crept and crawled. As a boy, I kept cages stacked atop the two dressers in my bedroom where...

LOCAL HISTORY LEGEND LEFT HIS FOOTPRINT ON THE FLORIDA KEYS

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Cudjoe Key’s John Viele, age 99, has passed away. He not only lived a long life but left a tremendous footprint on the Florida Keys, the local...

KEYS HISTORY: LOST WRECKS OF THE 1733 NEW SPAIN FLEET

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The Spanish treasure fleets sailed away from the Old World for hundreds of years, bringing men and supplies to New World operations. On the trip back to...

KEYS HISTORY: FISHING LODGES, BROTHELS & THE NO NAME PUB

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When people talk about No Name Key, they rarely talk about the old Russian immigrant, called by some the King of No Name Key, or farming or...

KEYS HISTORY: NEW ROAD DISRUPTS NO NAME PROPERTY OWNER’S PEACE

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Nicholas Matcovich, once identified as the King of No Name Key, moved on to the great orchard in the sky on Aug. 14, 1919. His son Mosby,...

KEYS HISTORY: NO NAME KEY PROPERTY HAD TREES & TRAPS

The stocky Russian with large hands named Nicholas Matcovich left Key West with his wife Eliza in 1868. He had reportedly been managing a nursery at the...

KEYS HISTORY: BAHIAMIANS & EUROPEAN MAN OCCUPIED KEY WITH ‘NO NAME’

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PART 1 No name has been given to many of the 1,700 islands considered part of the Florida Keys archipelago, but No Name Key has been assigned to...

KEYS HISTORY: RELIVING OLD COLUMNS & SPREADING LOCAL HISTORY

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While it is hard to believe, I have been writing a history column in one of the local newspapers for a decade. I find it hard to...

KEYS HISTORY: FARMING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

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Lignumvitae Key is in the Islamorada area of the Upper Keys. The island is a bit off the beaten path because it was never connected by the...

KEYS HISTORY: LIGNUMVITAE KEY BOASTS A STORIED PAST

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Spoiler alert: the Florida Keys are a low-lying collection of islands that rises, on average, 3.2 feet above sea level. Three islands, however, boast a peak elevation...