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“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 […]

Will Hillary Drag Down The Ds?

Will Hillary Drag Down The Ds?

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 14, 2015 – My Mom used to always remind me: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It is good advice for investing, the future and politics. Apparently it is advice that the Democrats are ignoring. The Ds have no choice. In a stunning piece illustrating the decline of the Democratic Party over the Obama years, the New York Times (Yes, the New York Times!) bemoaned the state of the Ds. The […]

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 […]

State Rep. Katie Edwards

Bill Would Help Condos, HOAs

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 26, 2015 – In a move designed to strengthen neighborhoods, state Rep. Katie Edwards is sponsoring a bill which would change the way fees and taxes were handled in foreclosures. Under current law, home and condo owners are responsible for the association fees and property taxes.  But owners are already in financial difficulty during a foreclosure and often don’t pay the fees and taxes. Edwards’ bill would require lenders pursuing foreclosure to take […]

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 […]

Boston commuters get a taste of Key Lime Pie (Video)

Boston commuters get a taste of Key Lime Pie (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Feb 6, 2015 – BOSTON — Bostonians got a taste of the Florida Keys Thursday, when free portions of a huge Key lime pie were served at Boston’s South Station. The gigantic pie measured eight feet in diameter and its creation was led by Key West chef David Sloan, author of “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.” The mammoth pie’s ingredients included the juice of 5,760 tiny yellow Key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers and 55 […]

The historic bridge and Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Bahia Honda State Park: Nice beaches, but historic bridge is the star

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 15, 2015 – People love Bahia Honda State Park because it has the best beaches in the Florida Keys. Me? I love it for its 100-year-old bridge. Bahia Honda is 45 minutes before Key West on the drive down the Keys, just beyond the Seven Mile Bridge. It has something rare for the Keys, a natural sand beach, plus some of the most sought-after camping sites in the Keys and terrific cabins. But it […]

Lower Utility Bills! Return To An Elected PSC?

Lower Utility Bills! Return To An Elected PSC?

By Sam Fields, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 14, 2015 – After reading about the latest plan approved by Florida’s utility-friendly Public Service Commission, it may be time to go back to an elected PSC. Here’s the newest outrage: We are all familiar with a layaway plan.  Make small payments in advance. When you have paid off the item, you can pick it up. Imagine laws permitting a layaway plan that the store could unilaterally terminate, keep your money and keep […]

Wounded Warriors swim with the dolphins (Video)

Wounded Warriors swim with the dolphins (Video)

MARATHON, Florida Keys — An interactive session with bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Keys and a bike ride across the Keys longest bridge, provided inspirational therapy for about 60 wounded military veterans during a stop within Soldier Ride, a cycling event taking place in the Keys that concluded Sunday in Key West. Soldiers swam with the dolphins at Dolphin Research Center Friday afternoon, shared flipper shakes and learned dolphin training techniques. For Neil Boekel, a 34-year-old former Army staff sergeant […]

William Lee Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, leave the Monroe County Clerk of the Court's office after completing a marriage license application  (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Same-Sex marriages to begin in Florida at Midnight (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com,Jan 5, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. – Two Key West men, acclaimed as pioneers in Florida’s fight for same-sex marriage equality, completed their paperwork Friday to receive the Florida Keys’ first same-sex marriage license. Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones walked into Key West’s Monroe County Courthouse and filled out their application to wed in front of circuit court clerk Amy Heavilin. The moment was particularly meaningful for the duo because of their long fight for marriage […]

A school of snapper take shelter under a cannon at Pennekamp. Photo by PMC 1stPix via Flickr.

Florida Keys wildlife: How to see dolphins, sea turtles, Key deer

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 1, 2015 – For some, the Florida Keys may be about the nightlife. For my family, it’s always about the wildlife.  Few places in the U.S. offer a road trip with such easy access to such a range of unusual and fascinating creatures, including dolphins, sea turtles, Key deer, tarpon and even butterflies and chicken. Some are rare and endangered, like the petite Key deer, which number less than 1,000. Some are so […]

Meryl Streep is looking for whoever is responsible for her new hairdo in Into The Woods / Photo by: Peter Mountain

Film Version Of Sondheim-Lapine’s Into The Woods Is Holiday Wish Come True

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Dec 21, 2014 – I have been a Stephen Sondheim acolyte much of my life and hisInto The Woods with James Lapine has been a cherished memory since I saw it on Broadway in 1987. Treasuring work makes one resist tampering with a jot of Holy Writ and sets the bar very, very high. Keep that in mind when I say that if you can accept that film is a different storytelling medium from […]