Nancy Klingener

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Nancy Klingener is a radio producer and writer in Key West. 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 Mimai Herald. She blogs about books, bicycles, the Red Sox, and other subjects at The Bone Island Book Blog. Her work can also be found at her website.

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Culture
5:48 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Meg Cabot Returns To World Of The "Princess Diaries"

Meg Cabot, who majored in art in college, illustrated "From The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess." It's the first time she's illustrated one of her own books.
Credit Meg Cabot / Macmillan Publishing

Writer Meg Cabot is best known for the Princess Diaries series, made famous by two movies starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. But she quit writing that series in 2009, when Princess Mia graduated from high school.

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Transportation
5:56 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Key West Considers Making Island Friendlier For Bikes

Key West is ideal for bikes and pedestrians - but also dangerous. People traveling under their own power share the streets with cars, trucks, electric cars, scooters and tourist trolleys.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West is a good place to get around under your own power whether it's by bike or on foot. The island is small, flat and warm year-round. Lots of island residents use bikes as their primary transportation, especially in the historic district.

Old Town was developed in the 18th century before cars. Streets are narrow, and parking is at a premium.

"This is an ideal cycling community," said Tom Theisen, owner of Bike Man Bike Rentals. "To not take advantage of that would be a shame."

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News
2:38 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Key West Looks To Reconnect With Cuba By Ferry

A ferry at the dock at Trumbo Point in Key West in the 1920s.
Credit Monroe County Public Library

Every day, ferries come and go from the ferry terminal at Key West's historic seaport. For now, they're carrying passengers to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west, or from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island on Florida's Gulf Coast.

But many on the island hope the ferry traffic to Key West will soon regain one of its historic destinations: Havana. Earlier this month, the Obama administration took another big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba when it issued licenses to at least four companies to run ferries between the U.S. and Cuba.

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News
8:10 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Keys

The hurricane hunter planes made the final stop of their awareness tour in the Keys - even as some crews were already flying into Tropical Storm Ana off the Carolina coast.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Hurricane season began early this year, with Tropical Storm Ana edging along the coast of the Carolinas over the weekend. Which means hurricane-hunter aircraft were already at work, even before some of the fleet had finished its annual awareness tour of the Atlantic coast.

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News
4:47 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Monroe Tries To Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

This site in Old Town Key West used to house a trailer park that provided affordable housing. Now it is being redeveloped as "resort homes" that start at $760,000.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

When it comes to affordable housing, the Florida Keys face a quadruple whammy: low supply, high demand, strict growth limits and a tourism industry that pays low service-sector wages.

That's the conclusion of a new study from the Florida State University Consensus Center. Affordable housing woes are not new to the Keys. But the pressure eased some during the recession, according to Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi.

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Vacation Rentals
6:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Keys Tourism Agency Calls For Crackdown On Unlicensed Rentals

Tourism in the Florida Keys is booming — which means there's a high demand for vacation rentals, licensed or not. The Keys tourism agency recommends local governments crack down on the unlicensed units.
Credit Bob Krist / Florida Keys News Service

The tourism industry in the Florida Keys is booming with high occupancy and record-high room rates this season. Still, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council this week released a report (see it at the end of this post) on unlicensed vacation rentals and rental scams, calling for a crackdown by local governments.

The Keys have 15,000 licensed lodging units — that includes hotel rooms, campsites and homes with licenses for short-term rentals. In most of the Keys, short-term is defined as less than a month.

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Coral Reefs
6:13 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Ecologist: Biggest Threat To Reefs Is Human Activity, Not Climate Change

Jeremy Jackson was the lead author on a study that surveyed the changing health of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean over 50 years. That included reefs like Carysfort, off the Upper Keys.
Credit Phillip Dustan / International Coral Reef Initiative

The lead scientist on a study that surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs over 50 years says climate change is not the most severe threat facing coral reefs.

The Florida Keys reef is among the unhealthiest reefs in the Caribbean, said Jeremy Jackson, who grew up in South Florida and first visited the Keys in the late 1940s.

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Keys Blog
12:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Keys Get 10-Digit Dialing, Like It Or Not

Credit Christopher / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Florida Keys like to consider themselves as a place apart from mainland South Florida. But starting this weekend, life on the island chain will be just like Miami-Dade in one way. 

Keys business and tourism leaders fought against 10-digit dialing when it was first proposed for the island chain. They said it would make it harder for visitors and customers to reach them.

The state agreed in 2005 to delay the change for as long as possible. The Keys held out for 10 years, but they’ve finally reached the end of the road for seven-digit dialing.

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Mosquito Control
2:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Florida Keys Hope To Add New Weapon In War Against Mosquitoes: Genetic Modification

Carrie Atwood, a domestic inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, uses a flashlight to search for aedes aegypti larvae.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In the fight against mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, domestic inspector Carrie Atwood has a few indispensable tools. She carries a dipper — essentially, a plastic cup at the end of a stick. She has a flashlight for looking into the backs of plants and pots. And she has a turkey baster.

"That's good for getting into bromeliads, which is a plant that holds water at the base of the leaf," Atwood said. "We use that to dip in there or just any other kind of tight space where the dipper won't go."

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Traffic Safety
7:13 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Keys Sheriff Protests Year-Old Crosswalk After Crash

A crosswalk sign wound up between two of the cars involved in last week's pile-up on U.S. 1 in Key Largo.
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay is protesting a year-old crosswalk on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo after a three-car pileup at the site last week.

Ramsay said the first he or any of his officers heard about the crosswalk was when it was installed a year ago by the state Department of Transportation.

"We were not advised, not informed, not asked. Our input wasn't taken by FDOT in any manner or form," Ramsay said. "We were surprised like everyone else when it showed up one day, just popped up. It was just a total surprise."

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Commercial Fishing
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Lobster Season Ends With Good Catch, Great Prices But Looming Challenges

George Niles, left, and Daniel Padron fix lobster traps on Stock Island. The lobster fishing season ended March 31.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The spiny lobster season ended March 31. State biologists say it looks like the total catch will be slightly lower than last year — but the seafood that came to the market fetched record-high prices.

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News
1:32 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Three Snorkelers Die On One Day In The Keys

Credit npr.org

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of three people who all died Monday in separate incidents while snorkeling in the Keys.

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Tuesday that having three fatalities on the water in one day was unprecedented.

Richard Gueringer, 71, of San Antonio, Texas, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center after he lost consciousness in the water off Key West. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Deputy Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

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Arts
3:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Key West Reclaims Its Tennessee Williams Literary Legacy

Key West's literary heritage is overwhelmingly associated with one writer: Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner's former home is a popular museum. And every summer there's a look-alike contest where white-bearded men compete to look like Papa.

But recently, the island has turned to celebrating another 20th-century writer who made Key West his home: Tennessee Williams. 

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Sports
4:21 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Is Key West Race Week Sailing Into The Sunset?

Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth, sails to an overall IRC 1 class victory at this year's Quantum Race Week in Key West.
Credit Ken Stanek / Florida Keys News Service

Since 1987, Key West has hosted the international sail racing world each January. Quantum Race Week fills thousands of hotel rooms and provides footage that is shown all over the globe.

But the regatta's future is in question with the announcement Monday from Premiere Racing, the event's owner and organizer, that it is stepping aside.

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News
6:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Key West Cops Get Body Cams Courtesy Of Sheriff's Office

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay, left, and Key West Police Chief Donie Lee check out one of the 100 new body cameras purchased by the Sheriff's Office for the Key West Police Department.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Body cameras for the Key West Police Department. Night binoculars for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Radar units for the Florida Highway Patrol.

It was like Christmas in February at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Friday, with Sheriff Rick Ramsay in the role of Santa Claus for fellow law enforcement agencies.

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