Key West http://wlrn.org en Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case http://wlrn.org/post/monroe-county-court-hears-arguments-gay-marriage-case <p>In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. In recent months, gay couples wishing to marry have challenged that provision in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.</p><p>Today on Plantation Key, a Monroe Circuit judge heard arguments in a case brought by two Key West men. Aaron Huntsman and William Jones have been together for 11 years and had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. But Huntsman said they want to make it official.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:31:17 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35150 at http://wlrn.org Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74 http://wlrn.org/post/david-kaufelt-founder-key-west-literary-seminar-dies-74 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.)</span></p><p>David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:46:48 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman & Mark Hedden 32293 at http://wlrn.org David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74 Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots Via Art Exchange http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-reconnects-its-cuban-roots-art-exchange <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:38:29 +0000 Christine Armario -- Associated Press 28797 at http://wlrn.org Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots Via Art Exchange Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-mayor-craig-cates-responds-your-ideas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our final <a href="http://wlrn.org/term/if-i-were-mayor">If I Were Mayor</a>&nbsp;interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:23:44 +0000 Elaine Chen 28272 at http://wlrn.org Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas In Key West, Graveyard Thief Flouts Police, Becomes Celebrity http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-graveyard-thief-flouts-police-becomes-celebrity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last year, the small, two-house compound in Old Town Key West where John Martini lives has been robbed at least four times.</span></p><p>“We've kind of lost count, as a matter of fact,” he said. “The first time or two, maybe he hit us and we didn't even know ... because he only stole cash, and he stole it out of our wallets and put our wallets back in the same place.”</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:00:46 +0000 Mark Hedden 27693 at http://wlrn.org In Key West, Graveyard Thief Flouts Police, Becomes Celebrity WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 4-8 http://wlrn.org/post/wlrns-five-most-popular-stories-nov-4-8 <p>You might not have time to sift through a week's worth of public-radio color in the form of feature stories and curated audience commentary. So we've rounded up the best of WLRN's content this week in an easily digestible feed, all for your viewing convenience.</p><p>Click on the stories to read their full versions, or plug in your headphones and listen in right from this page.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:33:04 +0000 Maria Murriel 23434 at http://wlrn.org WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 4-8 Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-awash-plans-rising-sea-level Florida — especially South Florida — is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.<p>Under ordinances recently adopted in Key West, all new buildings will have to be raised at least a foot and a half higher than the old standard, use green building codes, and have large, freshwater cisterns. The water will be used in gardens, swimming pools and toilets. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Greg Allen 23532 at http://wlrn.org Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level Undead Cyclists Storm Key West for the Zombie Bike Ride http://wlrn.org/post/undead-cyclists-storm-key-west-zombie-bike-ride <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An estimated 8,000 zombies invaded Key West the night of Oct. 20, pedaling on bicycles across the Cow Key Bridge and muttering about brains. But the takeover was not unexpected and had a police escort.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:43:45 +0000 Mark Hedden 22854 at http://wlrn.org Undead Cyclists Storm Key West for the Zombie Bike Ride 10 Amazing Photos From Key West's Tourist-Free Past http://wlrn.org/post/10-amazing-photos-key-wests-tourist-free-past <p>The Monroe County Public Library recently received a donation of more than 15,000 photographs from the early days of Key West. The remarkable gift includes documents and memorabilia illustrating the island’s history with images few had seen before.</p><p>Keep reading for a look into Key West before the Parrotheads took over. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:29:34 +0000 Nancy Klingener 22634 at http://wlrn.org 10 Amazing Photos From Key West's Tourist-Free Past If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts http://wlrn.org/post/if-i-were-mayor-key-west-naps-and-better-bocce-courts <p>For our <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/what-would-you-do-if-you-were-mayor-tell-us">If I Were Mayor project</a>, we spoke to Key West residents about what they would do if they were in charge of their town.</p><p>Key West is holding its mayoral election today. Incumbent Craig Cates is running for his second consecutive term against repeat challenger Margaret Romero.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:54:53 +0000 Elaine Chen & and Mark Hedden 21485 at http://wlrn.org If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts Slideshow: Swimmer Diana Nyad Finally Makes It From Havana to Key West, Sets World Record http://wlrn.org/post/slideshow-swimmer-diana-nyad-finally-makes-it-havana-key-west-sets-world-record <p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:11:50 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman & Nancy Klingener 19976 at http://wlrn.org Slideshow: Swimmer Diana Nyad Finally Makes It From Havana to Key West, Sets World Record Key West Lobsterfest Is More Than Just Stuffing Your Face http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-lobsterfest-more-just-stuffing-your-face <p>Key West’s&nbsp;18th&nbsp;Annual Lobsterfest wasn't just about stuffing your face with lobster tail.</p><p>Lobster newcomers and lobster veterans paraded down Duval Street at the lobster street fair, some wearing lobster hats collected over years.</p><p>Among the 200 booths, there were several lobster gear vendors.</p><p>Don&nbsp;Burge&nbsp;owns Mullet Wear Outfitters, which he describes as “a spoof and a goof on all the big fishing outfits.” He sells his wears at seafood festivals throughout Florida.</p><p>At Lobsterfest, he presented his new lobster design:</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriella Watts & Patience Haggin 18895 at http://wlrn.org Key West Lobsterfest Is More Than Just Stuffing Your Face Head To The Florida Keys for Beer Milkshakes http://wlrn.org/post/head-florida-keys-beer-milkshakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Combine two hot-weather refreshments, beer and ice cream, and you get a beer milkshake. Depending on your perspective, this beverage may sound either intriguing or alarming, but two restaurants in the Keys pull of the mash-up successfully.</span></p><p><a href="http://meateatery.com/" target="_blank"><strong><em>M.E.A.T. Eatery</em></strong></a><a href="http://meateatery.com/" target="_blank"><strong><em> and Taproom</em></strong></a><em>, 88005 Overseas Hwy (at MM 88), Islamorada; 305-852-3833</em></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:33:16 +0000 Trina Sargalski 18185 at http://wlrn.org Head To The Florida Keys for Beer Milkshakes Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa' http://wlrn.org/post/book-news-hemingway-look-alike-competition-crown-new-papa <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The 33<sup>rd</sup> annual Ernest Hemingway <a href="http://sloppyjoes.com/index.php/look-alike-contest/" target="_blank">look-alike competition</a> at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla., kicks off Thursday. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:32:00 +0000 editor 17557 at http://wlrn.org Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa' Letter From Key West: Appreciating The Off-Season http://wlrn.org/post/letter-key-west-appreciating-season-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Nancy Klingener 16882 at http://wlrn.org Letter From Key West: Appreciating The Off-Season