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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 […]

Islamorada Sunrise

Time right to head for the Keys

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 24, 2015- There is no better time of year for Floridians to visit the Keys than late Spring. Spring breakers and winter snowbirds have gone home or back to school. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, traffic on the Overseas Highway lightens up, rates go down, sometimes dramatically, and campsites suddenly become available, although savvy Floridians have already booked their camping reservations at the Keys’ four state parks. If you can get away for a […]

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 […]

Scenic drive along the Indian River Lagoon.

Backroads & scenic drives in Florida: More than views of beaches

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 5, 2015 – We don’t have mountains and most of our roads have no excuse to curve, but Florida still has scenery that is worthy of viewing through your windshield. The trick to finding scenic drives in Florida is to find the undeveloped backroads and to appreciate scenery that is often subtle rather than dramatic. Some of these scenic backroads can be used as alternatives to interstate highways. Others are good for folks […]

Edge4Vets Gives Miami Vets An Edge For A Job At MIA

Edge4Vets Gives Miami Vets An Edge For A Job At MIA

Edge4Vets, a national jobs prep program for veterans, is joining forces with employers at Miami International Airport to prepare Miami veterans for aviation jobs at MIA with a resiliency workshop on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by Carnival Corp and will be hosted by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in the airport’s North Terminal D Fourth Floor Auditorium. Offered by the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University, Edge4Vets teaches veterans how to translate […]

“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 […]

Happy hour eats at Alonzo’s

Eight Key West restaurants for authentic local flavor

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 1, 2015 – Key West has so many restaurants that it’s hard to make a decision where to eat.  Next time I go, though, I have an intriguing list of restaurants filled with local color and character– and I’m sharing it with you. My list comes via a terrific blog — http://chibbqking.blogspot.com – produced by Titus Ruscitti (aka KingT), a Chicago foodie who loves to explore in a style Florida Rambler approves. Ruscitti […]

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 […]

Chicken in Key West cemetery: See why I like them? Lots of personality.

Key West chickens: Noisy, colorful, just like Key West

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 20, 2015 – Key West has a lot of off-beat charms, but one of my favorites has always been the chickens. The feral fowl that frequent the streets and alleys of Key West seem like the perfect metaphor for Key West -– historic, colorful, sort of wild, a little noisy and occasionally annoying. You don’t have to work hard to spot Key West chickens  —  you hear them crowing and see them strutting […]

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. […]

Ana Quincoces says she didn't know her license was suspended despite it being seized by police earlier in the night. (Monroe County Sheriff)

‘Real Housewives’ star blames cockroaches for Keys arrest for driving with a suspended license

By Larry Kahn, KeysNet.com, Mar 25, 2015 –   A onetime cast member of “The Real Housewives of Miami” television show says an infestation of cockroaches led to her early Sunday arrest in Key Largo for driving with a suspended license with knowledge. But the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy who arrested her wrote in his report that he and his supervisor gave her fair warning before seizing her license earlier in the morning, telling her not to drive. “The police down […]