Nancy Klingener

Reporter

Nancy Klingener covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.

She is a Spring 2014 graduate of the Transom Story Workshop. She is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar and reviews books for the Miami Herald. 

Art Students League of New York

There are plenty of ways to mark a trip along the Florida Keys. The famous Overseas Highway bridges. An underwater shipwreck trail.

Now a new trail is going up along the island chain — a sculpture trail.

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Lydia Martin, Miami journalist and fiction writer

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Two body camera videos from the same Monroe County sheriff's sergeant recently garnered national attention. In the Keys, they have ignited a conversation about how undocumented immigrants may face differing approaches to enforcement on the same island.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Commissioners in Miami-Dade County and the city of Key West have voted to endorse  the Paris Climate Accord, despite President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the international agreement to cut carbon emissions earlier this month.

Trump Rolls Back 'Completely One-Sided' Cuba Policy

Jun 16, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama.

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Cynthia Chinelly, poet and associate director of the Florida International University writing program

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

The last hand-collected toll at Card Sound Bridge will be taken July 31.

The toll gate at the Miami-Dade-Monroe  County line was one of the last human-staffed tolls in South Florida. For decades, the toll has been $1 for most vehicles, with an extra 50 cents for each additional axle.

Construction on the new automated toll system will start Aug. 1. That will include a Sunpass electronic tolling system. While it's under construction, no tolls will be collected. It's scheduled for completion in February of next year, according to a press release from Monroe County.

Rob O'Neal / Florida Keys News Bureau

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At its June 20 meeting, the Key West City Commission voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run that provides for the city to close off part of Duval Street and the organization to pay for police and fire services during the event.

Every year, an estimated 10,000 motorcycles rumble down the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West during the third weekend of September in the annual Phil Peterson's Poker Run.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Three-quarters of a century ago and half a world away, the U.S. Navy won a decisive battle against Japan at Midway atoll in the northern Pacific. On Monday, Naval Air Station Key West held a ceremony to remember the battle and its legacy for the Navy and the nation.

"This critical U.S. victory stopped the growth of Japan in the Pacific," said Command Master Chief Lee Friedlander. "It put the United States in the position to begin shrinking the Japanese Empire with a yearlong series of island-hopping invasions and several even larger naval battles."

Monroe County Fire-Rescue

The Overseas Highway — the only route connecting the Florida Keys — was closed for about four hours early Monday while firefighters fought a massive fire that engulfed a one-acre lot filled with wooden lobster traps.

No one was injured in the fire. The fire destroyed at least three lobster boats, a house, six propane-powered forklifts, several trap shacks and about 20,000 lobster traps, according to a press release from Monroe County. Damage is likely to be more than $1 million.

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Jeff Huffman, meteorologist at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday in Miami that he will sign the state budget approved by the Legislature this year — and call a special session next week to increase spending for schools and economic development.

FWC

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested a Stock Island man Wednesday after retrieving the remains of a large tarpon from a transport truck at the dock.

FWC got a call about a large tarpon being harvested at a commercial dock at Fisherman's Fish House on Stock Island, according to a press release from FWC.

They found five fishermen who told them they only had yellowtail snapper on the boat, but the officers also saw several tarpon scales on the vessel, according to the press release.

Tim Chapman / Miami Herald

The Florida Keys are hardly the only place in the U.S. that's vulnerable to hurricanes. That's true along any coastline.

But the thing about the Keys is that, as an island chain, the whole county is a coastline. There is no inland.

"Much of the Florida Keys is only about 5 feet above sea level," said Martin Senterfitt, Monroe County's director of emergency management. The county makes the decisions about when to evacuate the island chain.

Saeed Adyani / Netflix

The Netflix series "Bloodline" recently released its third and final season. The show is set in Islamorada and did a lot of shooting there.

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