Florida Keys

Environment
11:47 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Scientists Dive Off Florida Keys To Research Coral Connectivity

A red grouper checks out a diver during the 2013 Pulley Ridge expedition. The fish are curious and often relatively unafraid to approach humans in their midst.
Credit National Undersea Research Center

Marine biologists are diving deep for two weeks in August to examine the deepwater coral reefs of Pulley Ridge in the Gulf of Mexico. The aim is to determine how that area connects with the shallower reefs of the Dry Tortugas and Florida Keys.

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Key West
8:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

See How Tourism Changed The Florida Keys

The Custom House on Key West Harbor has been a landmark since it was built, as shown by this vintage postcard. Today the Custom House is an art and history museum, and site of an exhibit on the history of tourism.
Credit Monroe County Public Library/Scott DeWolfe collection

A new exhibit explores Key West as South Florida's oldest outpost. 

Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism runs until Oct. 1 at the Custom House Museum.

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News
2:47 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Feds: Undersea 'Little Houses' In Florida Keys A Threat To Marine Life

One of hundreds of 'casitas,' illegal lobster traps on the ocean floor off the Florida Keys.
Credit NOAA/TetraTech

For the last two months, marine restoration teams have been hauling up coffee table-like structures from Florida Keys waters. They're called casitas -- Spanish for "little houses."

Cute name -- but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says these things can be really nasty. They're made out of a wide variety of materials, including corrugated tin, plastic and cement.

When lobsters seek shelter under the artificial habitats, poachers can catch as many as 1,500 a day, far exceedng the daily catch limit of 250.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Jamaica’s Independence Day Events, Non-profit Cannonball, and Florida Keys Calendar

Jamaica Awareness, Inc.
www.jamaware.org

08/01/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll hear about Jamaica’s 52nd Anniversary Independence Day events in South Florida from Cheryl Wynter, with the information office of the Consulate General of Jamaica and Sydney Roberts, Executive Director of Jamaica Awareness, Inc.

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Wildlife
9:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lobster Mini-Season Comes With Restrictions In The Keys

The two-day recreational mini-season for spiny lobster is hugely popular in the Keys, despite special restrictions along the island chain.
Credit Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The two-day spiny lobster sport season -- known as the mini-season -- is intended to give recreational lobster hunters a chance to  get their hands on the tasty crustaceans before commercial traps go in the water.

In practice it's become a hugely popular opening rush in the Florida Keys, where lobsters are usually plentiful.

This despite the fact that the Keys carry special restrictions during mini-season.

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Film
9:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Humphrey Bogart Film Festival Returns To Key Largo

Film historian Leonard Maltin returns for the Second Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival returns to Key Largo for its second year May 1 to 4.  Renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin will also be back as a special guest.  He recently spoke with Caroline Breder-Watts about his impressions of one of the major classic film festivals in the United States.

Listen to the interview above.

  

  

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Links
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 17-21

Luisa Toledo and her grandson Michael Toledo
Credit Kenny Malone

If you were to read the week's top stories as just one, the plotline would be a little like this: A caffeine-driven abuela is on the loose. She is wanted on multiple charges, including robbing several Key West homes, criminal mischief at the Perez Art Museum, speeding on the I-95 express lanes and forcing musician Julio Iglesias out of his home and into a party.

But they're really five different stories. Here they are:

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Links
2:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WLRN's Top Five Stories Jan. 20-24

Credit Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Among the stories you liked most this past week are a race between a car and a bus and a debate on the state of Miami Beach as a tech hub.

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Session 2014
7:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters

The penalties may get tougher for illegally catching large numbers of spiny tailed lobsters.
Credit Richard Elzey/Flickr

It’s illegal to take lobsters out of season or out of traps that don’t belong to you. But Keys State Representative Holly Raschein (R-Monroe County) says the issue is that the penalty for stealing three lobsters is the same as stealing 300.

RELATED: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Art Deco Weekend, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Dranoff Piano Foundation, Florida Keys Calendar

Art Deco Weekend
www.facebook.com/ArtDecoWeekend

01/10/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush with the Miami Design Preservation League brings us details about the 37th Art Deco Weekend. Film critic, Dan Hudak, speaks with the new director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival about their exciting offerings starting January 23rd.

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Odd News
5:37 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Earthquake Off Cuba's Coast Felt In Key West, Residents Not Rattled

Credit Google Maps

There was a magnitude 5.1 earthquake between Key West and Cuba Thursday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of Key West, and there was no tsunami warning. Here's the news you heard on air:

Key West residents Pam Hobbs, Cori Convertito and author Janet Hartwell talked with WLRN's Sammy Mack about feeling tremors. See some of their quotes in the Storify below, and hear their voices here:

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Florida Keys
6:37 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

NPR's Petra Mayer has finally learned how to ride a bike.
Izolda Trakhtenberg

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:53 am

I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.

Why didn't I learn? I really don't remember, and neither did my mom, when I asked her about the one time my parents tried to teach me. "You got on a big bicycle that was so big you couldn't really turn the wheels and got discouraged."

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Deal To Save The Keys' Old Seven-Mile Bridge Is Nearly Sealed

Various ideas to rehabilitate Old Seven have been discussed over the last several years but none have worked out.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

A long-awaited deal to fund repairs and upkeep for a historic bridge in the Middle Keys may be close to sealed.

The future of the Old Seven Mile Bridge looked bleak as salt water and storms eroded it toward a critical point where the state would be forced to shut down the last 2.2 miles of the bridge that remains open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FIU’s School of Music Events, St. Martha Yamaha Concert Series, Florida Keys Arts Calendar

FIU School of Music
www.music.fiu.edu

12/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Dean of the FIU School of Music joins us with extensive concert information. Paul Posnak speaks with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, about upcoming performances in the St. Martha – Yamaha Concert Series.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Miami Book Fair, Classical Music at Kravis Center, Blue Starlite Drive-In, Florida Keys Calendar

During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books
www.miamibookfair.com

11/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Lissette Mendez, Director of Programs, brings us the exciting details about the 30th Miami Book Fair International.

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