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Dive shops hope summer bump buoys business

KEY LARGO — Summer’s warm ocean waters traditionally deliver a reliable and welcome bump in tourism before the peak of hurricane season as throngs of scuba divers and snorkelers descend on the Upper Keys. But the COVID-19 crisis has created uncertainty about what to expect this year. Some local dive[…]

Consumer confidence up slightly but remains near 6-year low

U.S. consumer confidence inched up in May, showing signs of stabilizing, but remained near a six-year low in the face of the widespread business shutdowns that have sent the economy into recession. The Conference Board said this week that its confidence index ticked up to a reading of 86.6 in[…]

Breezy Buddha Fusion Kitchen offers fun vibe, plus good food

Shek Tong and his wife, Cindy Shi, wanted to create a restaurant with a vibe that honored both their heritages, as well as the fact that Tong grew up in Key West. The name of their restaurant comes from their affinity of the Buddhist culture, and sometimes Key West gets[…]

Realtors anticipate post-COVID bounce-back

FLORIDA KEYS — A solid start to the year for home sales, as well as a local market relatively unscathed so far by the coronavirus pandemic, has real estate agents optimistic for a rebound once visitors are allowed to return to the island chain. The first quarter of 2020 saw[…]

ISLAND PARADISE: After 2½ years, Little Palm Island resort ready to reopen

Bill Foster, the Regional Marketing Director for Nobel House Hotels and Resorts, and Kevin Geanides, the GM of Little Palm Island, have spent a lifetime in the hospitality industry. Little Palm Island is owned by Noble House Hotels and Resorts. Together, they spearheaded the massive 2½-year rebuilding project of the[…]