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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 4:01pm
Be Smart During Lobster Mini-Season

State wildlife officers and local law enforcement are once again urging lobster hunters who plan to converge on the Florida Keys next week for the two-day spiny lobster sport season to exercise restraint. Such restraint will protect divers from being killed or injured and protect the reef from being abused on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26. The annual two-day event gives recreational divers and bully-netters a head start before regular spiny lobster season starts Aug. 6. Divers and netters with saltwater fishing licenses and spiny lobster permits are allowed to take six lobster per person per day during lobster mini-season. No egg-bearing females or lobsters that have carapace lengths smaller than 3 inches can be harvested. For divers, measuring devices are required and lobsters must be measured while in the water, not on the boat. Lobsters must be taken to the dock in whole condition. Thieves may use the two-day season as an opportunity to target people who aren’t being careful with their valuables. Make sure to remove and store electronics, fishing and diving gear from boats when not in use. A complete listing of sport season rules and regulations, including areas closed to lobster harvesting, is available at myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster.

Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Contributed
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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 7:10am
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Florida Keys Free PressTuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 10:15am
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Florida Keys Free PressTuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 6:00am
Love is Patient

Former high school classmates CJ Berwick, co-owner of The Fish House in Key Largo, and nationally syndicated political columnist Cal Thomas are to be married Saturday, July 21, in Key Largo. The two are Walter Johnson High School (Rockville, Md.) Class of 1960 graduates. Read the full story in the July 18 edition of the Florida Keys Free Press.

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Florida Keys Free PressMonday, July 16th, 2018 at 4:30pm
Come On and Take a Free Ride

A transportation company plans to pitch its free ride service aboard electric mini-buses to Islamorada Village Council members at their Thursday, July 19, meeting. Freebee proposes to offer rides at no cost to passengers who call for service using an online app. The village would be asked to pick up half the company’s local cost, with advertisements on the vehicles funding the other half. Freebee has found success in several areas of Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne.
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Florida Keys Free Press shared Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex's video.Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 11:45am
Saturday was National Shark Awareness Day
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Today is Shark Appreciation/Awareness Day. There are many species of sharks that you might encounter snorkeling or fishing in the Florida Keys waters; you'll find them on the oceanside in deep waters and coral reef habitats all the way into the shallow backcountry waters that surround the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. Sharks play a critical role as apex predators in our marine ecosystems. Most people who get the chance to see them in the wild come away with a sense of awe and appreciation for these incredible creatures. Feel free to share some of your shark stories with us in your comments below. The video was taken a few years ago out at Looe Key Reef, part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is of three Caribbean reef sharks that were leisurely swimming along the back side of the reef. One had a long piece of terminal fishing tackle hanging from its mouth, one had a school of bar jacks along as an entourage. It is always amazing to witness these creatures in the wild. Video credit: Kristie Killam
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Florida Keys Free PressSunday, July 15th, 2018 at 6:00am
Dive Team Helps Grow Coral

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dive team members met with Coral Restoration Foundation officials in Key Largo on Wednesday, July 11, to learn about the nonprofit organization’s coral nursery work. The following day, Lt. Manny Pomares, Investigators Chris Mattson and Paul Hein, and Officer Glen Way did a two-tank dive in an area between Pickles and Conch reefs known as ‘the Tavernier Nursery.’ On the first dive they toured the area and cleaned some of the ‘trees’ upon which coral is grown. On the second dive, team members prepared and attached coral to the trees. At the end of the second dive they used a lift bag to bring up two old derelict lobster traps. The traps were brought back to land where they were disposed. Pictured is Hein hanging coral on one of the trees.

Photo by FWC/Contributed
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Florida Keys Free Press shared MCSO - Florida Keys's post.Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 3:01pm
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Florida Keys Free Press shared U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada's post.Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 12:14pm
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Florida Keys Free PressSaturday, July 14th, 2018 at 6:00am
That’s Pretty Cool

The Marathon SPCA recently sent word their dogs were hot and needed some pools to stay cool. Marathon deputies Willie Guerra, Victor Morales, Matt Cory and Jamie Hughes-Buxton answered the call. Management at Kmart assisted and the deputies were able to provide some wading pools for the dogs at the Middle Keys animal shelter.

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Catch The Keys

The "how to Do florida" television series gives the Florida Keys a lot of love in episode 907: Best Catch-and-Cook Moments, scheduled to air at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, on Miami’s WFOR Channel 4.
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Chad travels to Islamorada and shares his catch-and-cook experiences from over 100 episodes with Captain Randy. It's a fresh-fish, delish, bonanza extravaganza you won't want to miss! Catch dates and times here: http://howtodoflorida.com/schedule
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Florida Keys Free PressFriday, July 13th, 2018 at 11:05am
Registration Opens for Take Stock Backcountry Challenge

TAVERNIER — Registration has opened for the 19th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge, set for Sept. 28-30.

Seventy spots are available in this Rotary Club of Key Largo-sponsored tournament, with fees of $125 for adults, $60 for teens and $30 for ages 12 and under.

Registration includes an awards banquet catered by Doc’s Diner; a performance, moisture-wicking T-shirt; a Friday night captain’s party with appetizers, and the opportunity to win trophies created by artist David Wirth (pictured here) for the largest redfish, snook and trout caught during the weekend.

Social tickets to the awards party, silent auction and dinner for non-anglers are $45. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Florida Keys Elks Lodge 1872 in Tavernier.

Tournament proceeds support vocational scholarships for Upper Keys residents of all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially-challenged, college-bound Upper Keys youth.

Visit backcountrychallenge.com to register. A limited number of sponsorships are available by contacting Dennis Caltagirone at 305-331-0525.
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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, July 12th, 2018 at 9:00am
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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, July 12th, 2018 at 6:00am
A Bridge Too Much?

The Florida Department of Transportation unveiled renderings Tuesday of a permanent pedestrian bridge to be built across U.S. 1 in front of Founders Park on Plantation Key. The structure is intended to prevent gridlock when patrons of large events cross the highway between oceanside parking and the bayfront park. The 61-foot-long span would provide motorists with 17 feet, 6 inches of clearance. Enclosed elevators and steps on each side of the highway would offer access to the span. The projected cost is $2.5 million, though bids have not yet been sought. Construction is expected to begin in November 2019.

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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 5:15pm
A Wing and a Prayer

Noni Cay,‎ a member of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Photography Club, took this picture of a white morph reddish egret shadowing the water to look for small fish, shrimp and crabs. The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex invites anyone who captures interesting photos at its local refuges to share to the photo club Facebook page.
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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 11:53am
Details Emerge in Mysterious Death

The death of Mary Bonneville, a 70-year-old woman whose body was found inside her burning home in Key Largo nearly nine months ago, remains a mystery. Investigators initially described the wounds to her body as “suspicious” and not caused by the fire. A report by the State Fire Marshal for the first time officially specifies the nature of those wounds as cuts or lacerations to the woman’s neck and shoulders. Read the full story in today’s Florida Keys Free Press or online at:

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