Planting Coral in the Keys

The Coral Restoration Foundation, located in Key Largo, Fla., is an active nonprofit organization that works hard to protect and replenish the coral reef of the Florida Reef Tract. Throughout the year they organize dive trips in which divers can replant corals (shown) and witness corals spawning.

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Seven Mile Bridge Run

Some 1,500 runners in the annual Seven Mile Bridge Run head west Saturday, April 13, 2013, near Marathon, Fla. The bridge is the longest of 42 spans over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The footrace was first staged in 1982.

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Tips for a Job Interview

I recently came across this brief list of 10 things not to ask on a job interview, and it got me thinking about job interviews. But first, the list:

1. Is there public transportation nearby?
2. Can I work from home?
3. Is there a probationary period?
4. What does the company do?
5. Is there on-site child care?
6. Will you check my Facebook page?
7. Do you pay for overtime?
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NYE in Key West

Gary Marion portraying female impersonator Sushi hangs in an oversized replica of a women’s red high heel over Duval Street, late Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City’s Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year.

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Underwater Santa

Spencer Slate, garbed as a scuba-diving Santa Claus, eyes a green moray eel Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, while submerged off Key Largo, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. During the holiday season, Slate dresses as Santa to entertain his dive shop customers and to help raise funds for a local children’s charity.

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New Safer Road Connects the Keys

Traffic rolls Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, on the middle portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
Traffic rolls Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, on the middle portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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There Is Much More than Clubbing in the Keys

I read the blog written by Julie on April 28, 2010, titled “That’s the way it’s always been done,” and it made me think about the Keys.

So many visitors don’t come to the Florida Keys and Key West or bring their kids there for vacation because they think the Keys are for party people and there is too much revelry down there for them. Every time I hear this it makes me want to grab them by the head … Read the rest

Hemingway’s Key West Home Becomes Literary Landmark

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The Key West home that author Ernest Hemingway lived in from 1931 through 1939 has been designated a literary landmark.

Hemingway worked on many of his best-known novels and short stories in a second-story writing studio adjoining the Spanish colonial villa at 907 Whitehead St. They Hem1Hem2include “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and the Key West-based “To Have and Have Not,” his only novel set in the United States.

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Conch Republic to Celebrate Independence April 16-25

A female impersonator, known as Gina Maseratti, left, and Gary "Trampie" Drews, both of Key West, Fla., compete in the Conch Republic Drag Race in Key West.
A female impersonator, known as Gina Maseratti, left, and Gary "Trampie" Drews, both of Key West, Fla., compete in the Conch Republic Drag Race in Key West.

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The Conch Republic, more commonly known as Key West and the Florida Keys, is to salute the 28th anniversary of its founding Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 25.

Traditionally irreverent highlights of the annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration include a “drag” race between female impersonators in startlingly … Read the rest