Richard Fitzpatrick left lasting impact - A person standing in front of a house - Fort Dallas Park

Richard Fitzpatrick left lasting impact

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While the name Richard Fitzpatrick might not sound familiar, it is a name associated with significant change in the Florida Keys. To say his work was far-reaching...
How  Key lime  got here - A close up of a fruit - Branching

How Key lime got here

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After last week’s Key lime pie controversy – whether the tart delight was invented in the Florida Keys – reached not just a fevered pitch, but a...
Top 10 things NOT to do at the polls - A group of people posing for a picture - Matecumbe

Matecumbe Historical Trust inherits landmark

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On Aug. 22, at 1:30 p.m., the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce transferred the Keys of ownership to the red Caboose to the Matecumbe Historical Trust, which officially...
Protecting manatees - Animal on the water - Dugong

Protecting manatees

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The order of mammals known as Sirenia was named for the mythical Greek creatures whose songs lured sailors to their demise. What might not be known about...
An early account of Natives in the Keys - A vintage photo of a man - Shipwreck

An early account of Natives in the Keys

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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda was born in Cartagena, Colombia circa 1535. At 13, passage was booked for him and his brother aboard a ship bound for Spain. The...
How long is the Overseas Highway? - A close up of a sign - Overseas Highway

How long is the Overseas Highway?

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It seems like a straightforward question: How long is the Overseas Highway? It is not, at least according to countless travel guides and magazine articles, printing numbers...
The Coontie - A group of people standing in the dirt - Seminole

The Coontie

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Maranta arundinacea is a West Indian botanical that produces tubular underground growths called rhizomes. When harvested and processed, these rhizomes produce a starchy powder that is sold...
AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A small boat in a body of water - Hurricane Irma

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’

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With more storms brewing in the Atlantic, the last thing locals want or need is an exhaustive account of last year’s natural disaster. With that in mind,...
Lightships before lighthouses - A small boat in a body of water - Ship of the line

Lightships before lighthouses

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The Adams-Onis Treaty incorporated the Florida Territory into the growing United States. The rights to the Florida Reef were also part of the treaty when, though signed...
Masons’ time capsule retrieved before elementary school demolished - A close up of a piece of paper - Product design

Masons’ time capsule retrieved before elementary school demolished

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Before the final demolition of Stanley Switlik Elementary takes place, the Marathon Mason Lodge 323 helped excavate a time capsule buried in 1971 in one of the...
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