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No place like ‘homecoming’ for Coral Shores High School

PLANTATION KEY — Coral Shores High School rolls out a Homecoming welcome fit for a wizard for alumni, family and friends this week. Borrowing from “The Wizard of Oz,” Coral Shores Spirit Week kicked off Monday with a 2019 theme of “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.” At 5 p.m. Friday,[…]

Discussions to encourage global thinking

KEY LARGO — Among the shelves of credible sources of information and vast knowledge, the Key Largo Library has added a thoughtful program with a valuable goal, Great Discussions. Great Discussions has been added to the library’s fall roster in addition to Keys Connection and the Acoustic Music Concert Series,[…]

Chief turns chef for BBQ benefit

ISLAMORADA — Terry Abel, chief of the Islamorada Fire Rescue Department, knows a thing or two about smoke. Aside from his professional firefighting expertise, Abel brings a lifetime of knowledge earned around the barbecue grill. That will come in handy Saturday, Sept. 21, when chief turns chef for the Seventh[…]

Paying it forward – Local groups provide relief to Dorian victims

FLORIDA KEYS — “People really helped us out two years ago after Hurricane Irma,” said Laura Lietaert, Key Largo Rotary Club president. “Now it’s our turn to reach out.” Around her on Thursday, Sept. 5, sweat-soaked volunteers carried, stacked and logged essential relief supplies for a planned shipment to the[…]

Test your luck on ghostly tour

HOMESTEAD — Two bell peals at Coral Castle Museum summon the ghost of a Latvian-American immigrant who died more than 60 years ago, says paranormal investigator David Pierce Rodriguez. For the first time the public is invited for a chance to witness this phenomenon during the Historic Ghost Tour. It’s[…]

Park’s derailed trail reopens Saturday

LONG KEY — The Golden Orb Trail Bridge, which offered a full 1.1-mile loop trail for Long Key State Park visitors, has been rebuilt. The trail’s long-awaited reopening will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 7. The trail bridge was shut down following the bedlam wrought by[…]

Paddle poker run promises much fun

ISLAMORADA — A cure for a week of hurricane stress may be found at the Florida Keys Poker Paddle, returning this weekend. “Bring the dogs. There’s always a lot of dogs on the paddleboards. It’s a blast,” organizer Cheryl McBay of host Florida Keys Brewing Co. said. Now in its[…]

Lab breakthrough could help Keys reef

FLORIDA KEYS — The last hope for the Florida reef tract’s endangered pillar coral started with a rescue effort and in the tanks of a Long Key state marine laboratory. Now much of what remains of the picturesque but delicate pillar coral, housed in the Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation[…]

Players get a kick out of competition

ISLAMORADA — Winning assuredly is not the only thing when the ball rolls out for the start of the Founders Park Adult Co-ed Kickball League in September. In fact, it’s barely a thing at all. “It’s silly, goofy recreation,” said Anne Onsgard, who is organizing Islamorada’s 10th annual kickball league[…]

Get a grip on invasive species

KEY LARGO — It took wildlife experts nearly two years to nab an elusive 5-foot Asian water monitor from the Twin Lakes neighborhood in May. The same month, it took Darrel Bower just 20 minutes to capture a 7-foot Burmese python near his Lake Surprise home. Both wildlife captures are[…]