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Florida Keys Free PressFriday, September 21st, 2018 at 9:00am
KEYS STYLE - Celebrating the Unique Lifestyle of the Florida Keys
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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, September 20th, 2018 at 11:30am
Rowell's Reopens

Rowell’s Waterfront Park, mile marker 104.5, bayside, reopened Thursday morning. The 8-acre park along Florida Bay was closed last month to serve as a staging site for Hurricane Irma marine debris that is being cleared from local canals. Only a small portion on the northeast side of the park is being used for that purpose. That area has been fenced off and the rest of the park, including the waterfront, can be used by the public. Rowell’s is a passive park, with picnic tables, benches, a place to swim and a launch for kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards. Boats and personal watercraft are not allowed. Admission to the park is free.

Photo by Cammy Clark/Monroe County
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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, September 20th, 2018 at 10:20am
Man Rescued from Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard personnel pulled a man aboard a USCG Station Marathon Response Boat in Boot Key Harbor about 3:30 a.m. Thursday after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received reports of someone in the water yelling for help. The man was taken to Burdines Waterfront to waiting Marathon Fire Rescue paramedics. He was not seriously hurt. It was unclear Thursday morning how he ended up in the water or how long he had been there. His name and age were not immediately available.

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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, September 20th, 2018 at 9:00am
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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 8:00am
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Florida Keys Free PressTuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 11:50am
After A While, Crocodile?

American crocodiles intent on making a comfortable home in Florida Keys neighborhoods may soon face an eviction notice. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on revising protocols for dealing with American crocodiles, which are still protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The goal is a more assertive approach to moving crocodiles in cases where allowing them to remain in residential areas would create an unacceptable threat to public safety or the crocodile’s well-being. Although they can grow to large size, American crocodiles remain far less numerous than alligators and much less of a threat to humans. Read the full story in the Sept. 19 edition of the Florida Keys Free Press.

Photo by FWC
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Florida Keys Free PressMonday, September 17th, 2018 at 5:00pm
Bubbling Up

Billy Norfolk of Marine Lab at the Key Largo Undersea Park checks out an acrylic sphere beneath an underwater habitat used for 34 years. A ribbon-cutting for the habitat, now a museum on dry land, will be held during a free 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, event at the corner of Transylvania Avenue and Shoreland Drive, near mile marker 103.2, oceanside. Read the full story in the Sept. 19 edition of the Florida Keys Free Press.

Photo by Kevin Wadlow/Free Press
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Florida Keys Free PressSunday, September 16th, 2018 at 4:00pm
A Big Draw

Key Largo residents Darrin and Holly Knowles enjoy their first Phil Peterson's Florida Keys Poker Run Saturday on their Navy-themed custom Electra Glide Harley-Davidson. 'We're supporting our community and the Rotary Club,' Holly says. 'And it’s a lot of fun!'

Photo by Kevin Wadlow/Free Press
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Florida Keys Free PressSunday, September 16th, 2018 at 7:15am
Keys For The Carolinas

Tim Arce, left, and Mike Vaughan of the 'Keys for the Carolinas' relief join with the Upper Keys Rotary Club members to collect item donations and cash for this week's planned trip to the Carolinas. A Carolinas Rotary group arrived in the Keys last year with supplies after Hurricane Irma, said Barbara Neal. Visit the Upper Keys Rotary Club's Facebook page for more information about the effort.

Photo by Kevin Wadlow/Free Press
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Florida Keys Free Press added 3 new photos.Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 7:00am
Where Are Coco and Little Money?

The Turtle Hospital released ‘Little Money,’ right, a 365-pound female green sea turtle, and ‘Coco,’ a 215-pound male loggerhead, on July 20 at Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Both reptiles were fitted with satellite tracking transmitters in order to ‘race’ in the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s awareness-raising ‘Tour de Turtles’ event. As of Friday, Coco had logged about 333 miles, while Little Money appeared quite fond of hanging out in Rabbit Key Basin on Florida Bay, traveling only 29 miles. Of 13 turtles, Coco is no. 6, and Little Money is no. 13. To track the turtles and learn more about the awareness campaign, visit http://www.tourdeturtles.org/index_ch.php.

Photo by Andy Newman/TDC, maps by Tour de Turtles
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Florida Keys Free Press added 2 new photos.Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 8:01am
Well-Suited Donation

The Miami Dolphins and Baptist Health South Florida donated football equipment to the Coral Shores High School football team on Wednesday. The donation, which also benefited the Marathon and Key West High football programs, is part of both organizations’ long-term rebuilding efforts in the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The donated equipment, selected by the schools from a wish list, included scoreboards, practice jerseys and pants, T-shirts, cleats, Gatorade coolers, down markers, goal post wraps, sleds, knee pads, shoulder pads, belts and hip pads.

Photos by Theresa Java/Free Press
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Florida Keys Free Press added 2 new photos.Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 4:00pm
Going Deep

While football fans were glued to their televisions last Sunday, Don Rhodes, a PADI master scuba instructor and Tavernier resident, ran his own deep route to Molasses Reef off Key Largo to capture these images.

Photos by Don Rhodes/Contributed
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Florida Keys Free PressThursday, September 13th, 2018 at 8:38am
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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 2:55pm
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Florida Keys Free PressWednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 8:00am
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Florida Keys Free Press shared U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada's post.Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 6:32pm