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Sidewalk Prophets bring ‘Something Different’ to Keys

ISLAMORADA — Sidewalk Prophets are leaving their hometown of Nashville to bring their message of encouragement and Christianity to the Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center stage as part of the band’s mega-city Something Different Tour in 3D. Founding member and singer David Frey started Sidewalk Prophets in 2001 in his dorm room at Indiana’s Anderson University and[…]

Unusual record attempt has environmental message

KEY LARGO — A Norwegian man earlier this month attempted to set a rather unusual world record of selling the most boat lifts to his countrymen in 24 hours while staying inside Jules Undersea Lodge. His attempt for the record, however, was second string to his effort to raise global awareness about damaging microplastics leaching[…]

Shop mantra: Be grateful, and paddleboard

KEY LARGO — Keeping a running tab of things to be grateful for is the dharma principle of Michael Weppner’s life. It is also the foundation of his business, Gratitude Watersports Cafe “Gratitude is being grateful for where you are and being grateful for what you have. I want to wake up each day and be as[…]

Islamorada museum to host large national maritime exhibit

ISLAMORADA — Before scientific advances, early Florida Keys settlers could be cruelly surprised by dangerous storms and hidden reefs. Now Keys residents can rely on accurate weather reports and detailed marine charts as part of the normal course of island life. The adventuring explorers who paved the way for modern coastal science, beginning more than[…]

‘Wheel ditch’ death elicits call for action

ISLAMORADA — New rules on narrow boating channels and more marine patrol officers might prevent deaths like the April 8 boat crash that killed an aide to Gov. Rick Scott, Islamorada Village Council members said. “Let’s get these ‘wheel ditches’ safe and prevent tragedies like these that are avoidable,” Councilman Mike Forster said at the[…]

Village backs more tourism advertising

ISLAMORADA — Vacationers need to know that Islamorada is open for business, a unanimous Village Council says. “We need this advertising to get back to normal,” Vice Mayor Deb Gillis said at the council’s April 12 meeting. Hurricane Irma badly bruised winter visitation in Islamorada, with numbers during the usual high season limping along at[…]

Infant among 6 rescued from overturned boat

ISLAMORADA — A recreational boat anchored at Conch Reef off Islamorada April 7 was floating one minute and capsized the next, a volunteer rescuer said. “We saw the other boat about 300 to 500 yards away,” said Dave Tolhurst, a winter visitor from Canada. “The next time I looked over, it was upside down.” Two[…]

Unlicensed contractors face felony charges

FLORIDA KEYS — Three people who improperly claimed to be contractors now face felony charges for signing up Middle Keys customers, arrest reports say. Tison L. Kennedy, 31, of Marathon was arrested April 10 on six felony counts, including charges of theft from people over age 65, and falsely presenting himself as a contractor during[…]

Surprise! Floating cabins for rent on lake

KEY LARGO — Undocked houseboat rentals, to which few, if any, local regulations apply, have cropped up recently on Lake Surprise. These floating cabins are posted on Airbnb with such names as The Dolphin, The Salty Seahorse, Blue Marlin and The Happy Crabby. “Wake up each morning to the soft sounds of the water and step outside[…]

Supermarket eyes late May opening

ISLAMORADA — Doors of the new Publix could swing open in late May. “The earmarked date for opening is during the week before Memorial Day,” Nicole Krauss, Publix community-relations manager for Southeast Florida, said April 13. “We’re very excited about Islamorada.” Work at the mile marker 83.3 site on Upper Matecumbe Key continues so the[…]