Florida Keys

Environment
1:23 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Balancing Tourism With Eco-Preservation On Islamorada

Abandoned mosquito trenches have gummed up the natural water flow on the land.
Credit Cammy Clarck/Miami Herald

A proposal to build an eco-friendly resort in the Upper Keys is raising questions about how to marry economic development and environmental preservation.

Coral Springs urologist Dr. Albert Vorstman owns eight acres of land in Islamorada along US-1 that Miami Herald reporter Cammy Clark described in a recent article:

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Summertime
6:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Letter From Key West: Appreciating The Off-Season

Nancy Klingener

 

Last year, June 20th was the official first day of summer, but it had felt like summer for weeks already.  Many of us dread the humid days when we can barely walk to our cars without breaking a sweat.  Writer Nancy Klingener has learned to appreciate summer and the off-season in Key West. Her full essay is below.

Nancy Klingener describes herself as “a recovering journalist, aspiring librarian and addicted reader” living in Key West, Florida. She’s also the writer behind the The Bone Island Book Blog.

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Food
6:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Look: The Biggest Key Lime Pie You Have Ever Laid Eyes On

What could be the world's largest Key Lime Pie, measuring 8 feet in diameter.
Credit Fla-Keys.com

As a child I used to think that heaven was a Key Lime Pie.

Well-- not exactly.  But by the time that I could completely grasp the concept of heaven, I knew that I had already caught a glimpse of it when I ate one for the first time at a Denny's Restaurant off I-95 during a family roadtrip.

Which means that I should have planned a trip south this Fourth of July, where what just might be the world's largest Key Lime Pie was baked for the Key Lime Festival.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Cannonball, O-Cinema, Miami Sax Quartet, Chef Norman Van Aken and Florida Keys Calendar

Cannonball
http://www.cannonballmiami.org/

06/28/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Chris Cook, tells us how his not-for-profit, Cannonball, helps artists in so many important ways. Dan Hudak checks in with O Cinema’s co-founder, Kareem Tabsch, about their exciting improvements and upcoming shows. Jazz writer, Bob Weinberg, talks to Jazz musician and educator, Gary Lindsay, about the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s latest CD, Four Of A Kind. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and Andy Newman’s Florida Keys calendar suggests quite enticing events. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Brad Bertelli
http://bradbertelli.com/

05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater.  Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world.  It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.

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Bogart Film Festival
8:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Play it Again, Steve - Humphrey Bogart's Son Launches 1st Annual Bogart Film Festival

Humphrery Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. The 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival runs May 2 -5 in Key Largo.

Naples resident Stephen Bogart is the son of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will be hosting the 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in, quite appropriately, Key Largo May 2 - 5.  Caroline Breder-Watts sat down with Stephen to discuss the festival and his iconic parents.  To learn more, visit bogartfilmfestival.com.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Record Store Day, Bass Museum, Dranoff Piano Competition, Keys Calendar & Chef Norman Van Aken

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music and event producer, owner of Sweat Records, Lauren Reskin, has the lowdown on the 6th Annual Record Store Day and Sweatstock taking place Saturday the 20th in Miami. Judith Bishop covers exciting events at the Bass Museum of Art with Silvia Karmen Cubina.

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New Documentary Airing This Week
2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway: Q&A With Filmmaker Tim Long

Airing on WLRN Channel 17 on the following dates and times:

Friday, February 22 @ 11:30 pm

Saturday, February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 @ 9 pm
Wednesday, February 27 @ 7:30 pm

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Motorcycles And Miami Don't Always Mix, But Then There's The 360-Degree Views

Andrews says the attention needed on a motorcycle helps him reset after the workday.
Credit Photo provided

Perhaps you’ve seen the phrase “Live to Ride—Ride to Live” on a T-shirt or bumper sticker somewhere. It has been on my belt buckle for about 30 years. Motorcycling has been a passion of mine pretty much from the day I got my driver’s license. The activity of being in the wind, leaning into corners, the sight of a bike, and the very simplistic nature of the machine, all bring joy.

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Preserving Florida's Past
6:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Troubled Bridge Over Water: Why A Key Part Of Keys' History Is In Danger

People from Marathon and around the world go to the Old Seven Mile Bridge to exercise or enjoy the sunset.
Arianna Prothero

The Old Seven bridge may crumble without support.

When the Old Seven Mile Bridge was built, it was an engineering wonder of the early 1900s. Part of Henry Flagler’s famous railway to Key West, it ran across nearly seven miles of open water to connect Marathon to the Lower Keys.

Today, the bridge is still a popular spot with both locals and tourists, but it’s slowly falling apart. Salt water and storms are eroding the bridge faster than the state can afford to repair it. Much of it is now closed. Historians and activists are desperately searching for a way to preserve what's left: a 2.2 mile section of the Old Seven Bridge that is still open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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The Florida Roundup
6:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Climate Change Signs Abound, Locals Say

Climate Change? James' walking trail in the Keys is frequently flooded these days.
Credit James Lowry

With its low-level waterfront communities, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

But perhaps no area is more vulnerable than the Florida Keys.

James from Cudjoe Key tells us that a nature trail he has walked for 10 years is now regularly flooded, even at low tide.  Here is a photo he sent us:

While much has been written about the danger to South Florida caused by rising water levels, Pamela from Miami points out that Miami should pay attention to its air:   

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Florida Keys History
2:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Take A Tour Of Pigeon Key

Riet Steinmetz is working to preserve both the Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key.
Arianna Prothero

Earlier this week we brought to you a story about a community organization trying to restore the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Part of that story touched on Pigeon Key, where the work camp for the men who built the Old Seven Mile Bridge lived 100 years ago.  The entire island is now a museum.

Take a tour of historic Pigeon Key with Riet Steinmetz through these photos above. 

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