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Florida Gov, House Speaker Pledge Again To Cut Taxes

Florida Gov, House Speaker Pledge Again To Cut Taxes

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Dec 18, 2014 – With the announcement on Monday that Florida is sailing towards a $1 billion budget surplus, Democrats in the Legislature have a long list of projects they want. Forget it. Two of the three Republican legislative leaders already announced what they prefer to do with much of the extra money in the 2015-2016 budget year: Cut taxes. Gov. Rick Scott pledged during his victorious re-election campaign this year that he would […]

Free beaches in the Florida Keys: Our map helps you find the best

Free beaches in the Florida Keys: Our map helps you find the best

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Dec 12, 2014 – When you’re driving through the Florida Keys on the Overseas Highway, it’s great to pause for a break and get your feet wet. Some of the best Florida Keys beaches are in parks that charge a fee of $5 to $8 — too much for a short stop. But there are some good free beaches too. Here’s a map that locates all the free beaches, as well as the beaches that charge a fee. The […]

Yahoo! – Info seekers placed Key West in top 10 requests (Video)

Yahoo! – Info seekers placed Key West in top 10 requests (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Dec 5, 2014 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Key West is among the top 10 destinations Yahoo! users sought travel information for in 2014. The popular website/search engine has released an annual roster of “Most Searched Destinations, Airlines and Hotels.” Coming in at number five, Key West is the only Florida destination on the list. Ahead of Key West are Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; New Orleans and Atlantic City, N.J. Behind are Ocean City, Md.; Santa […]

Welcome to Florida: Best RV camping near I-95

Welcome to Florida: Best RV camping near I-95

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com Nov 29, 2014 – Travelers arriving in Florida often blow right past Florida’s award-winning state parks in Northeast Florida, their eyes firmly fixed on the southern half of the state, where warmer winter weather beckons. And then comes the shock: You’re not really there yet! Key West is still 534 miles down the road, 279 miles to Stuart, 375 miles to Fort Lauderdale, 385 miles to Naples. We suggest that you stop and smell the sea […]

Why You Hate Congress, But Like Your Own Member of Congress

Why You Hate Congress, But Like Your Own Member of Congress

By Mark Brown for BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 24, 2014 – Polls consistently show that most Americans dislike Congress, but they think their own Member of Congress is doing a good job. How do we account for this disparity? Surely the primary reason is the power of incumbency, and the many advantages it gives sitting Members in elevating their profiles around their districts. But there are other reasons as well. One of them is that most Members of Congress receive very […]

Where to see manatees in Florida: The season has begun

Where to see manatees in Florida: The season has begun

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 24, 2014 – Winter is your best time to spot manatees If Florida’s endangered species held a beauty pageant, the manatee wouldn’t win for its looks. But it would be a shoo-in for Miss Congeniality. That’s why most Florida residents and visitors prize any opportunity to admire manatees. They’re just charming creatures. I’m lucky. I live on the Middle River in Fort Lauderdale and I see manatees in my backyard with some regularity, […]

Key West Chalk Fest (Video)

Key West Chalk Fest (Video)

KEY WEST, Fla. — A kaleidoscope of color and creativity has transformed a portion of the harbor front promenade at Key West’s Truman Annex waterfront during Key West Chalk Fest that ended Sunday. During the past few days, about three-dozen artists have showcased their talents in the tradition of 16th century Italian artists known as “madonnari” who, with chalk, recreated primarily biblical paintings on city streets. 21st century chalk artists, however, do not limit themselves to biblical subjects. Today’s chalk […]

Fort Zachary Taylor Pyrate Invasion: Historic party in Key West, Dec. 5-7

Fort Zachary Taylor Pyrate Invasion: Historic party in Key West, Dec. 5-7

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 19, 2014 – Key West is full of crazy fun and fascinating history and that’s what’s you get the first weekend in December when Key West’s Civil War fort recreates a pirate invasion that never happened. Fort Zachary Taylor is a beautiful relic, with brick archways and the largest collection of Civil War armaments in the United States. One of the best bargains in Key West ($6 admission and ample parking), this state […]

Fort Lauderdale and activists likely headed to court over feeding the homeless (Video)

Fort Lauderdale and activists likely headed to court over feeding the homeless (Video)

By Dylan Bouscher, EyesOnNews.com, photojournalist, Nov 15, 2014 – Fort Lauderdale — City officials are going to court over new regulations on public food sharing, which police are using to give $500 fines to those feeding the homeless in downtown. Arnold Abbott, 91, has been ticketed twice for defying a new city ordinance that regulates sharing food outdoors. The most recent ticket was issued during a dinner feeding on Fort Lauderdale beach on Nov. 12. Abbott, a founder of the Love […]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the “Outdoors” person

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the “Outdoors” person

By Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 13, 2014 – Every year, we help you with your holiday shopping by recommending a few of our favorite things for exploring Florida’s outdoors. Many of these items are ones we’ve purchased and used, or they are items our readers have purchased and used. Others are products we hope somebody buys us this year. Disclosure: Some of the links on images and highlighted text will take you to retailers with whom we […]

Road Trip: Florida Keys mile-marker guide

Road Trip: Florida Keys mile-marker guide

By Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 11, 2014 – The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys is the ultimate road trip: Spectacular views and things to do, places to go and places to hide, hidden harbors and funky tiki bars. There are hundreds of places to pull over to fish or kayak or enjoy a cocktail at sunset. There are dozens of colorful coral reefs to snorkel or dive. Fresh seafood is a Keys staple, offered at roadside fish shacks and upscale […]

Rough waters and gusty winds helped powerboat winners

Rough waters and gusty winds helped powerboat winners

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Rough seas and winds gusting above 20 mph were just the conditions powerboat racers Marc Granet and Scott Begovich needed to pilot Miss Geico to the Superboat Unlimited class title Sunday at the Key West World Championship. It was the second consecutive world championship for Granet of Boca Raton, Fla., and Begovich of Jupiter, Fla. Their 44-foot catamaran averaged 81.2 mph during the 10 laps of the three-event series’ final race. “We had to win […]