TASK FORCE TACKLES LOBSTER MINI-SEASON

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If you ever want a conversation to get heated on a community Facebook page, lob out this question: “Hey, do you think we should have lobster mini-season?”...

WILD THINGS: BIRD MIGRATION IN THE KEYS

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You want to see signs of rain when you wake — puddles that weren’t there the night before, maybe wet streets. You don’t want it to have...

DIVE REPORT: WINDY EARTH DAY WEEKEND?

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This Week’s Dive Report Conditions improved this week, and the seas were kind to us divers. Visibility was stunning ‒ close to 80 feet! If that doesn’t make...

VOLUNTEERS SEEK SOLUTION FOR COUNTY’S HOMELESS CAT PROBLEM

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For decades, Sharon Mahoney-Ellenwood has been working tirelessly through her nonprofit Casting for Cats to raise money with fishing tournaments and use the funds to control feral/abandoned...

WILD THINGS: NORTHERN GANNETS ARE THE POINTY-HEADED MOUTH-BREATHERS OF THE SEA

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The wind was up, so it was likely to be “sporty” crossing the Northwest Channel, but as I cleared the anchorage behind Wisteria Island and moved through...

WILD THINGS: Drama in the distant treetops

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Certain aspects of your life are hard to explain. For instance, I would not want to answer to a jury of my peers why I wasted so...

WILD THINGS: SINGING WITHOUT KNOWING THE WORDS

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There’s an oft-quoted line from “To Kill A Mockingbird”: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy … but sing their hearts out...

Rare And Endangered: The Florida Panther And Us

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“How America’s most endangered cat could help save Florida.” The headline in National Geographic (NatGeo)’s latest feature on the rare and endangered Florida panther kindles an ambitious hope...

INVESTIGATORS INTERVIEW PERSONS OF INTEREST IN PELICAN STABBING

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An investigation into a deadly pelican stabbing in Islamorada is ongoing as investigators have zeroed in on two persons of interest. Leads and information have flowed into the...

WILD THINGS: SOUTHERN SEADUCK REDUX

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When I got there, Ellen Westbrook was standing on the South Roosevelt seawall with her binoculars up, staring out at the horizon, which was a bad sign.  Gah,...