Key West

Elevation Zero
3:06 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level

A cyclist rides past buckled asphalt in Key West, Fla., after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Key West experienced widespread flooding with the storm surge.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:00 pm

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.

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Culture
2:43 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Undead Cyclists Storm Key West for the Zombie Bike Ride

Key West Zombie Bike Ride
Mark Hedden WLRN

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.

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History
2:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

10 Amazing Photos From Key West's Tourist-Free Past

Postcard view looking northwest from the Key West Lighthouse, ca. 1870.
Credit DeWolfe Collection / Monroe County Public Library

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.

Keep reading for a look into Key West before the Parrotheads took over.

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If I Were Mayor
6:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts

What would you do if you were mayor of Key West?
Credit Kwong Yee Cheng / Creative Commons/Flickr

For our If I Were Mayor project, we spoke to Key West residents about what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Key West is holding its mayoral election today. Incumbent Craig Cates is running for his second consecutive term against repeat challenger Margaret Romero.

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Sports
11:11 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Slideshow: Swimmer Diana Nyad Finally Makes It From Havana to Key West, Sets World Record

Key West resident Tom Theisen points to Diana Nyad's flotilla, still a few miles offshore Monday morning.
Tom Theisen

"She freaking made it." That's what the note posted at 3:14 p.m. to the Google map on her website, where Diana Nyad's journey had been tracked in yellow dots and time stamps, said. Thirty-five years after her first attempt, Nyad did it -- she reached the shores of Smathers Beach in Key West Monday, after pushing off from Havana on Saturday. This was her fifth try, and her fourth in three years.

The 64-year-old swam 111 miles and now holds the world record for swimming the farthest without a shark cage. 

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Recreation
8:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Key West Lobsterfest Is More Than Just Stuffing Your Face

Key West’s 18th Annual Lobsterfest wasn't just about stuffing your face with lobster tail.

Lobster newcomers and lobster veterans paraded down Duval Street at the lobster street fair, some wearing lobster hats collected over years.

Among the 200 booths, there were several lobster gear vendors.

Don Burge 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.

At Lobsterfest, he presented his new lobster design:

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Miami Dish
8:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Head To The Florida Keys for Beer Milkshakes

A beer milkshake made with Nutella ice cream and Wells Banana Bread beer at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom.
Credit David Samayoa

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.

M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, 88005 Overseas Hwy (at MM 88), Islamorada; 305-852-3833

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa'

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:13 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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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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Arts
12:01 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dry Tortugas Dispatch: Fortification, Visitation, and Bliss

Walking on the moat in the Dry Tortugas.
Nathaniel Sandler

This is the second dispatch in a two-part exploration of Dry Tortugas National Park. The first post can be found here.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

When A Juice Fast Turns Into A Week Without Food, Then 21 Days Without A Meal

Alex de Carvalho on July 17, 2011, and Sept. 18, 2011.

I could hardly believe what I was looking at. There it was, star­ing right at me. I could no longer ignore, deny, or post-rationalize what I already knew as the dig­i­tal evi­dence stared me down and waved its mer­ci­less accusatory fin­ger at me. This marked the end of the line for me, three months ago to the day.

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Literary Cocktails
11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: How To Drink Like A Writer

Sean Hoard’s Whisky Priest combines Scotch, soda, and Brooklyn Hemispherical apple cider bitters.
Credit kwls.org

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

Reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head is one way to get under the influence of Graham Greene. Another is by sampling the cocktails at this year’s seminar.

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Key West Literary Seminar
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Real Portraits, Invented Biographies

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Key West Literary Seminar
11:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

At The Key West Literary Seminar: Hemingway On A Boat

Credit kwls.org

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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