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Local tickle sticks snare lobsters, save coral

TAVERNIER — It upset Corey Krohn that people trying to bully net lobsters often destroyed surrounding coral. “My wife worked on a dive boat and I would just see firsthand how bad people were tearing up the reef with their nets,” Krohn said. To thwart further coral destruction, he created[…]

Tackle shop offers larger selection at oceanside location

ISLAMORADA — The rush hour usually starts before dawn at the Tackle Center of Islamorada. “The fish bite early so the fishermen are here at 5:30 a.m.,” shop staffer April Cummings said. “The local guides are always in early for bait and chum. It’s a busy time.” Now in its[…]

5 travel rewards myths that could cost you

Twenty-four years ago, I knew so little about travel rewards that I took an around-the-world trip without signing up for a single frequent traveler program. Those lost points and miles still haunt me. Fast forward to last summer, when our family stayed two nights at a luxury hotel in Venice,[…]

New bait shop offers more than just minnows

TAVERNIER — Through a wide grin, Eddy Cabrera likened the bait fish he keeps in his live wells to owning a dog. He feeds them twice a day and provides plenty of water. The roiling tanks at Angler Eddy’s Live Bait & Tackle shop are more like a science lab.[…]

Dr. Weber opens Southernmost Smiles dental practice on Flagler Avenue

Dr. Carter Weber doesn’t just want his dental patients to feel good about their smile when they leave his office; Weber wants them to understand why he did what he did to make things better. “We’re really big on patient education here at Southernmost Smiles,” said Weber, who opened his[…]

APG acquires Antigo Daily Journal

Adams Publishing Group, LLC (APG) announced recently it acquired the Antigo Daily Journal, Journal Express, and all associated digital and print products. Mark Adams, Adams Publishing Group CEO, said, “The Berner family and their employees have a long history of serving the community of Antigo. We look forward to continuing[…]

Build a ‘reef’ under your dock

FLORIDA — Nature took thousands of years to build the Florida Keys reef. It takes David Wolff about 10 minutes to install a Mini Reef under a dock. “There are probably between 75 to 100 Mini Reefs in the Florida Keys right now, and we’ll be down soon with about[…]

Next Hot Yoga studio adds kettlebell workout to yoga

As if hot yoga wasn’t daunting enough, throw in a full kettlebell workout in the same heated room for a class called Hot Iron, which was recently trademarked by the two Key West fitness gurus — and girlfriends — who created the unique and challenging combination fitness class. Michelle Gonzalez[…]

Arts Council offers grant for local artists, groups

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts recently announced a new grant opportunity, Art Builds Community, to support arts and culture projects that spark conversations, spur social change, generate cultural equity and make our community stronger. Grant funding be offered at $5,000 and $10,000 for projects that support, build and[…]

TV crabber nets Conch Key lodge, marina

CONCH KEY — “Deadliest Catch” crabber Erik James didn’t just check into a room at the Bayview Inn Motel & Marina, he bought all 11 rooms, the bay bottom and the four parcels the hotel sits on. He has rebranded it as the Conch Key Inn & Marina and given[…]