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Staff and volunteers with the Coral Restoration Foundation organize staghorn coral clippings g output.  (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration “Plantapalooza” (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, June 9, 2015 – KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — In recognition of World Oceans Day, the Florida Keys-based Coral Restoration Foundation staged its first-ever “Plantapalooza” Monday during which CRF staff, interns, board members and volunteers planted 1,600 reef-building staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Some 70 divers sowed corals at six Upper Keys sites including Molasses Reef, Carysfort Reef, Grecian Rocks, Little Conch Reef, Snapper Ledge and Pickles Reef. “It’s really important to to […]

Remember Always Cross at the Green, Red, Yellow and all the Colors of the Rainbow (Video)

Remember Always Cross at the Green, Red, Yellow and all the Colors of the Rainbow (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, May 28, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — The City of Key West installed four permanent rainbow crosswalks Thursday at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets, in the heart of the island’s LGBT entertainment district. Spanning all four corners of the intersection, the crosswalks feature bands of all six colors of the rainbow flag, an internationally recognized symbol of gay and lesbian unity. “Key West is very happy to be putting in the first thermoplastic permanent […]

Key West Wacky Regatta (Video)

Key West Wacky Regatta (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, May 24, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — A wacky regatta in Key West, featuring cobbled-together watercraft made of thin plywood and duct tape, attracted 37 entries including a vessel dubbed “First Ferry to Cuba,” skippered by a man costumed as Cuban president Raul Castro. “First Ferry,” an offbeat salute to the recent easing of restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba, was a standout in Memorial Day weekend’s Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. “Castro” was abruptly drenched when […]

Crews push their 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats into the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015,  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Sanctioned Key West-to-Cuba Sailing Race in 50 Years Begins (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, May 16, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Five teams of American Hobie Cat sailboat racers departed Key West’s South Beach at Saturday morning on a Key West-to-Havana race, believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between the two cities in more than 50 years. The Havana Challenge features 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans, most skippered by Florida Keys-based sailors, navigating more than 90 miles across the Florida Straits to Cuba. “Key West is unique in […]

Key West Songwriters Fest (Video)

Key West Songwriters Fest (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, May 8, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Scores of America’s top performing songwriters are taking the stage in casual island settings this week during the 20th Key West Songwriters Festival. An annual tradition for many leading country and pop music hitmakers, the festival began early Wednesday evening and continues through Sunday, May 10. “We have over 225 performers here for the next five days, putting 50 shows on around Key West,” said festival president and founder […]

“Miley” returned to the sea (Video)

“Miley” returned to the sea (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, May 3, 2015 – ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — A rehabilitated, sub adult loggerhead sea turtle named after pop singer Miley Cyrus was released off the Florida Keys Saturday after convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. “Miley,” was discovered floating off the Upper Florida Keys in early March. The rescuers who found her noticed the turtle’s rear end was gyrating and dubbed her “Miley,” for Miley Cyrus’ expressive dance moves she once coined “twerking.” The 120-pound reptile […]

Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race (Video)

Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, April 26, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Billed as “the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on,” this weekend’s Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race was a highlight of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration that ends Sunday. Each entry in Saturday afternoon’s wacky challenge included a decorated bed mounted on wheels, either pushed or pulled up Duval Sreet by four race-team members while an additional team member rode on the bed. Standout […]

Key West “Drag Race” Stars High-Heeled Female Impersonators (Video)

Key West “Drag Race” Stars High-Heeled Female Impersonators (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, April 19, 2015- KEY WEST, Fla. — Drag racers don’t usually wear short pink dresses or high heels — unless they’re contestants at Key West’s Great Conch (pronounced konk) Republic Drag Race. That’s because the rowdy race wasn’t designed for high-octane dragsters, but for high-heeled drag stars — female impersonators strutting their stuff complete with big hair, pancake makeup, false eyelashes and dresses or stylish sporting attire. Contestants in the offbeat challenge raced on foot Saturday afternoon […]

Karen “Ooo La La” Grant Margil, left, and Bounce Margil, right, demonstrate the art of juggling pins to youngsters at a Spring Break Circus Camp (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Key West Kids ‘Juggle’ Fun and Learning at Spring Break Camp (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 26, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — While many kids might spend their spring break on vacation or going to the beach, 11 young Key Westers are acquiring skills that many performers use to entertain visitors at Key West’s daily Mallory Square sunset celebration. At the five-day Spring Break Circus Camp presented by The Studios of Key West, kids ages 6 through 13 learn to juggle, spin plates, twirl hula hoops, perform balancing acts and more. […]

“Emerald” returned to the waters off Key West (Video)

“Emerald” returned to the waters off Key West (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 17, 2015 – MARATHON, Florida Keys — An endangered juvenile green sea turtle named ‘Emerald,’ was returned to the wild off the Florida Keys on St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, after convalescing at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital for more than 15 months. In November 2013, the 17-pound, foot-and-a-half long reptile was found floating on the fringes of Key West Nature Preserve. The reptile was emaciated and heavily covered with epibiota, or external parasites, giving the turtle a […]

Pucker up and blow! (Video)

Pucker up and blow! (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 8, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Fans of the fluted, pink-lined conch shell displayed their pucker power Saturday afternoon during the 53rd annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West. And among those who did it best was 64-year-old Key West resident Eddie Webb. Webb, who said he’s been playing the conch shell for more than 35 years, took first place in the men’s division of the contest that’s often nicknamed the “conch honk.” The […]

Diana Nyad Stages Show in Key West About Cuba–to–Keys Swim (Video)

Diana Nyad Stages Show in Key West About Cuba–to–Keys Swim (Video)

KEY WEST, Fla. — Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad is staging a theatrical presentation this week about her 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, on the island where she completed the near-impossible athletic feat. “Onward! The Diana Nyad Story” opened Thursday evening at The Studios of Key West, near the spot where she achieved her dream of 35 years. On Labor Day 2013, an exhausted Nyad walked ashore on Key West’s Smathers Beach, becoming the first person to swim across […]