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Sunset Key lets locals seize the day with spa, pool, lunch package

Don’t worry, you’re allowed to be here. No one’s going to blow a whistle, march you back to the ferry and make you leave the private island of Sunset Key. So go ahead and step confidently off the boat. It won’t take long to become accustomed to and comfortable in the private-island lifestyle that exists[…]

Dancewear comes to Keys with new shop opening

KEY LARGO — With glitter on the painted pink walls, the new dancewear shop DanceXcetera looks more like a sugar plum fairy stage set than an actual store, but for many dance moms and dads, this is a dream come true. This means dancers can find the clothes and equipment needed without crossing county lines,[…]

Better Than Sex trains first franchisees

Dani Johnson still remembers writing, “No” in all caps in her notebook when she and her husband, Len, were speaking with a business consultant about franchising Better Than Sex, the couple’s wildly successful and delightfully sexy dessert restaurant at the corner of Simonton Street and Truman Avenue. “From Day One, I had thought, ‘Yes! I[…]

Practice offers urgent care, aesthetic services

ISLAMORADA — Depending on the need, Miller Medicine on Plantation Key can handle fractures to aesthetic facials. Dr. Wendi S. Miller and sister Valerie Frawley teamed to open urgent care clinic Miller Medicine in May, and soon will celebrate the recent opening of Miller Aesthetic Medicine. The grand opening of Miller Aesthetic, operating alongside the[…]

Aquarium Encounters in Marathon puts people – and fish – in tanks

An aquarium facility in Marathon offers more than guided walks among hushed tanks of thick glass. Certainly, Aquarium Encounters houses several such tanks, but the perspective is always changing at the educational and experiential marine life center at Mile Marker 53 in Marathon. As one visitor gazes into the Coral Reef Tank and finds hundreds[…]

Special needs school to open Keys campus

KEY LARGO — Carpe Diem Academy, a special needs school that teaches core curriculum classes to children who exhibit moderate to severe cognitive, physical, medical and social-emotional delays, will be opening an Upper Keys campus soon. Chief Executive Officer Lissa Torres said the opening has been postponed due to the installation of a new fire[…]

ATM to operate for a year after bank branch closes

TAVERNIER — When Bank of America’s branch in Tavernier closes its doors Aug. 28, the automated teller machine will remain on duty. “The existing walk-up ATM will remain in place until the summer of 2019” when the lease on the building at mile marker 92.2 runs out, said Matthew Daily, a Bank of America spokesman.[…]

With 190K followers, Key West’s Finest has far-reaching influence

When Iris Levin launched Key West’s Finest 22 years ago, the pound symbol hadn’t yet been hijacked by the hashtag generation, there were no online reviews, no Google, Yelp or Trip Advisor. “Nobody even had a website yet,” said Levin, who produced high-quality brochures recommending Key West’s Finest Accommodations and Attractions, featuring businesses that paid[…]

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Good Health Clinic to bring services to Marathon uninsured

MARATHON — Cash-strapped residents in the Middle and Lower Keys can look forward to receiving healthcare services at the Good Health Clinic’s Marathon satellite office, which will serve the area’s uninsured. The clinic, operating under the auspice of its Tavernier office and offering the same resources, will provide primary care, disease management, family planning, prescription[…]