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Sticking to your goals in 2020

Welcome to the Danger Zone. That’s typically mid to late January, when the newness of our goals starts to fade, and without realizing it, we gently slip into the habits we had committed to change. If you find yourself nibbling the Twinkie after dinner, playing around on Facebook more than[…]

Former diner rebranded, hours expanded

KEY LARGO — More than new, upscale decor greets diners at The High Tide Restaurant, in a longtime eatery now under local ownership at mile marker 99.4. The High Tide has expanded hours with a full dinner menu, in addition to revamped breakfast and lunch offerings in the former DJ’s[…]

Holiday ‘Hell Week’ is heaven-sent for local businesses

FLORIDA KEYS — Local business leaders confirmed that the so-called “Hell Week,” a period from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day, was a boon to the local economy. Hell Week is typically the Keys’ busiest time of the year for merchants with a major influx of tourists. This year, the[…]

New owner freshens up Sundowners complex

KEY LARGO — It was the gleaming view of the Florida Bay that attracted Tricia Johnson to purchasing Sundowners. To her, great food is only made better by the views, and everyone loves watching the sunset. “We have the best view of the sunset here,” she said. “And everyone wants[…]

Islamorada beer now available in the Keys

Florida Keys Brewing Co.’s Iguana Bait kölsch beer is now available for purchase at all Publix Supermarkets in the Florida Keys. This marks the first occasion that any grocery store from Key Largo to Key West will offer locally brewed and canned beer on their shelves for purchase. Iguana Bait[…]

3 secrets to achieving your goals

Here we are, already a few days in to 2020. Time seems to pass without us even realizing it. We are already setting our thoughts on spring and summer. While we can’t slow down time, we spend this precious, finite commodity wisely. We do that by embracing it, figuring out[…]

Television show host offers fishing seminar in Islamorada

UPPER KEYS — The host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” needs no prompting to head south to the Florida Keys. “It’s just a remarkable place to fish. On average, I’m probably down in the Keys from 10 to a dozen times a year,” Poveromo said. “I grew up[…]

‘Shell nerd’ fulfills dream of own store

KEY LARGO — Cindy Dudley De LaTorre does sell seashells by the seashore and has for a long time. But now, she’s finally selling them from her own store, Island Treasures of Key Largo. The journey to business ownership has been long, De LaTorre said. She has been working for[…]

Part I: Taking Inventory – Career and professional goals

There is something poignant about the end of year. We have the individual and collective opportunity to take stock of our lives, and actually ask ourselves the questions that, on most days, elude us. That exploration is easy to avoid in the midst of work and holiday social commitments. Yet[…]

FMPA plans second solar-power project

Florida Municipal Power Agency, in partnership with 12 municipal electric utilities and Origis Energy, recently announced plans to expand the Florida Municipal Solar Project by adding 149 megawatts, or 66% more emissions-free energy, to what was already one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation. As part of[…]